Seminar on Environmental and Agricultural History Series
Friday, February 16, 2018 at 2:30pm to 4:30pm
Building E51, 095
70 MEMORIAL DR, Cambridge, MA 02142
Seeds as deep-time technologies
Presented by: Courtney Fullilove
Associate Professor, Wesleyan University
Courtney Fullilove will discuss her recent book, The Profit of the Earth: The Global Seeds of American Agriculture, to argue that histories of agricultural development require engagement with multiple timescales, from the Neolithic to the modern. Drawing on her fieldwork in the Caucasus and Central Asia collecting cereals and crop wild relatives for international gene banks, she will discuss the recent sequencing of the wheat genome as an opportunity to think about how historians use genetic records, and the kind of history produced by genomic analysis.