Postgenomic theories challenge and transform our temporal understandings of disease and health, personhood, the environment, and reproduction. This panel examines temporality as it is embodied, constructed and experienced across differing postgenomic sites, opening up new imaginations of time.
Postgenomic investigations invoke time to capture linear and non-linear gene-environment interactions that accompany major biological and cultural transformations. Anthropology, archaeology, biology and linguistics (amongst other disciplines) deal with differing concepts of time - stretching time, compressing time, freezing time, comparing time, recalling time, experiencing and constructing time. Ontogenetic time and early life can give rise to phenotypic transformations that are stored as cellular memories, capturing time in biological matter and unfolding across life courses and generations. Emergent technologies have identified how fragments of experience are transmitted from one generation to the next, challenging the singularity and linearity of life. Other technologies permit the merging of genomic material to 'hybridize' phenotypes and human biographies, with multiple histories occurring simultaneously within an individual. This panel aims to explore how differing concepts of time come together in conflict and/or companionship in postgenomic research, both methodologically and theoretically. We are seeking papers that examine temporality and transformation in postgenomic studies, for example, (but not exclusive to) epigenetics, genetics, and the microbiome, and their shifting relationships with kinship, reproduction, relatedness and heritability.