Presentation Details

The Second International Conference on New Directions in the Humanities

Social Justice in the Gene Age: The Case for Biodiversity

Marsha J. Tyson Darling.

My research paper will examine social justice and governance challenges in the gene age. My particular concerns center around biodiversity and the protection of indigenous peoples attempts at capacity building as vital components of international development. I will describe and evaluate the emerging efforts to bring new voices into the often skewed and incomplete framework that characterizes the mainstream and media discussion of biotechnological inventions in the areas of plants and agricultural products. This research should be particularly beneficial to those whose work focuses on indigenous and environmental rights, bioethics and globalization, and TRIPS and privatization.


Marsha J. Tyson Darling  (United States)
History Department and Center for African American & Ethnic Studies
Adelphi University

Dr. Darling is Professor of History and Interdisciplinary Studies, and Director of the African American & Ethnic Studies Program at Adelphi University. At Adelphi, Dr. Darling teaches about social justice movements, women and international development, and significant issues in globalization. She does research on the impact of globalization on distributive justice issues, including the emergence of biomedical technologies and their impact on privacy and human rights.

  • Social justice and governance in the gene age,
  • capacity building and biodiversity protections.

(30 min. Conference Paper, English)