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Online May 2 – York Circle: A Gathering of Minds

2020-05-12T13:57:43-04:00April 30th, 2020|

Watch Prof. Creet summarizing The Genealogical Sublime in this 30 minute talk. MAY 2, 11AM - The Genealogical Sublime In this talk, drawn from her new book, The Genealogical Sublime, Dr. Creet traces the histories of the largest, longest-running, most lucrative and rapidly growing genealogical databases to delineate a broader history of the industry. Through a [...]

Home genealogy kit sales plummet over data privacy concerns

2020-04-30T13:21:55-04:00April 30th, 2020|

by Julia Creet, originally published at Surprising news recently emerged from the personal genetics business. The two leading direct-to-consumer companies in North America, 23andMe and, announced within a week of each other that they were laying off a significant proportion of their workforce as a result of a steep drop in sales. This past Christmas, the [...]

The Dark Side of DNA Testing

2020-04-30T13:14:47-04:00April 30th, 2020|

by Paul Lungen, Staff Reporter, originally published at DNA testing and tracing one’s family roots are pretty popular endeavours these days, but they’re also big business, and one with a potentially dark side, according to Julia Creet, a professor of English who has a longstanding interest in family heritage matters. There are questions of [...]

Why are we so obsessed with family history? Professor Julia Creet explores this question in her new book ‘The Genealogical Sublime’

2020-04-30T13:06:47-04:00April 30th, 2020|

York University English Professor Julia Creet traces the histories of the largest, longest-running and most rapidly growing genealogical databases, and seeks to explain North Americans’ current obsession with family history, in her new book set to publish on Feb. 28. The Genealogical Sublime (University of Massachuestts Press, 2020) is a crossover academic/trade book seeks to delineate [...]

“The Genealogical sublime”: An Interview with Julie Creet

2020-04-30T13:03:43-04:00April 30th, 2020|

Interview by Jerome de Groot Julie Creet's The Genealogical Sublime, a book about the development of genealogy databases and their effect on genealogical consciousness, is forthcoming from University of Massachusetts Press in February 2020. Jerome de Groot interviewed her about this project and the way the book deals with archives, religion, and the uncanny. Jerome [...]

The End of Privacy?

2020-04-30T12:41:49-04:00December 17th, 2019|

Originally published by the Harvard Law Petrie-Flom Centre Written by Rachele Hendricks-Sturrup “Any idea we had about privacy is over,” says Dr. Julia Creet, leading international scholar in Cultural Memory Studies, Professor of English at York University, and author of the upcoming book, The Genealogical Sublime. In 2017, Dr. Creet received a York Research Leader Award in part [...]

‘Any idea we had about privacy is over,’ says author of new book on genealogy

2020-04-30T12:41:50-04:00October 10th, 2019|

Featured Image: Julia Creet and the cover of her upcoming publication. Image reproduced with the permission of the University of Massachusetts Press Genealogy is a white-hot topic, an endless data mining project and a very lucrative business. Three years ago, Faculty of Liberal Arts & Professional Studies Professor Julia Creet produced and directed Data Mining the [...]

The Genealogical Sublime

2020-05-12T12:42:15-04:00September 25th, 2019|

The Genealogical Sublime by Julia Creet Since the early 2000s, genealogy has become a lucrative business, an accelerating online industry, a massive data mining project, and fodder for reality television. But the fact remains that our contemporary fascination with family history cannot be understood independently of the powerful technological tools that [...]