DR. TUDOR PARFITT
Tudor Parfitt is Distinguished Professor, President Navon Professor of Sephardi and Mizrahi Studies and Director of the Global Jewish Studies Program at Florida International University. Recent publications include Parfitt, Tudor and Egorova, Y. (2005) Genetics, Mass Media, and Identity: A Case Study of the Genetic Research on the Lemba and Bene Israel. London: Routledge; Black Zion ed. with Edith Bruder (Cambridge Scholars’ Press 2012); Black Jews in Africa and the Americas (Harvard University Press, 2013); Memory and Ethnicity: Ethnic Museums in Israel and the Diaspora, ed. with D. Miccolli and E. Trevisan-Semi (Cambridge Scholars’ Press, 2014) ; Becoming Jewish: New Jews and Emerging Jewish Communities in a Globalized World ed. with N. Fisher (Cambridge Scholars’ Press 2016), ed. With W. Miles andD. Lis (2016) In The Shadow Of Moses – New Jewish Movements In Africa And The Diaspora, Africa World Press 2016)
Over many years Tudor Parfitt has collected DNA from Jewish or would-be Jewish groups throughout the world and then collaborated with geneticists in the writing of genetics articles in major journals including the The American Journal of Human Genetics and Nature. His paper will examine the impact of the research done, and the media attention it garnered on the identity of the people concerned from the Bene Israel of India to the Lemba tribe of Central Africa and the Gogodala of Papua New Guinea.