Visibility matters: Diagrammatic renderings of human evolution and diversity in physical, serological and molecular anthropology

History of the Human Sciences 28 (5):3-16 (2015)
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Abstract

Images are at the heart of strategies of persuasion. They render certain aspects visible and leave others unrepresented; and they may shape processes of scientific reasoning and imagination. By tracing diagrammatic images in the anthropological sciences throughout the 20thcentury, the contributions to this special issue highlight some dominant pictorial traditions for rendering human evolution and diversity visible. This article aims to provide an overview of and an introduction to the special issue ‘Visibility Matters’.

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