Torsten Heinemann

is a Fritz Thyssen Foundation Senior Research Fellow at the Institute of European Ethnology at the Humboldt University of Berlin, and associate Senior Research Fellow in the Biotechnologies, Nature and Society Research Group at the Goethe University Frankfurt in Germany. His research interests are in social theory, cultural sociology and social studies of science and technology with a special focus on the neurosciences, genetics and biomedicine. Recent publications include Populäre Wissenschaft: Hirnforschung zwischen Labor und Talkshow (Wallstein, 2012); and Risky Profiles: Societal Dimensions of Forensic Uses of DNA Profiling Technologies (co-edited with Thomas Lemke and Barbara Prainsack), Special Issue of New Genetics and Society, 2012.

The Biology of Citizenship: Immigration, DNA Testing, and the State

The Biology of Citizenship: Immigration, DNA Testing, and the State

The past twenty years have witnessed a “return of the citizen,” 1 resulting in manifold proposals to redefine and expand the notion of citizenship and its links to the nation-states, giving rise to terms like post-national, denationalized, and transnational citizenship. 2 In the last decade, a new concept has emerged that has received particular attention in the citizenship discourse: “biological” 3… Read more →