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NADSN London Hub

UoLDOG (University of London Disability Officers Group)


Benedict Ipgrave (Programme Curator)



January 29, 1pm-2.30pm, Room B35, Birkbeck, University of London, Malet Street, WC1E7HX
‘Lives unworthy of life? Disability pride versus eugenics’


Talk by Prof. Tom Shakespeare FBA - with introductions from Prof. David Feldman, Director of the Pears Institute for the Study of antisemitism and David Ruebain, Visiting Professor of Birkbeck School of Law 















Discussion of the international eugenics movement before and after 1900, and the euthanasia it resulted in during the Nazi regime.   Norbert Elias authored The Civilising Process in 1939.  By 1941, his own mother was murdered in the Holocaust.  How can we combat hate crime and antisocial attacks on disabled people today?   What does society require in order to maintain civilisation?

Tom Shakespeare is Professor of Disability research at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.  His books include Genetic Politics: from eugenics to genome, and he is a co-author of the World Report on Disability (WHO 2011).   In 2019, he co-authored a report on bioethics for the UN Special Rapporteur on Disability.


Pears Institute for the Study of Antisemitism, University of London

Birkbeck Disabled Staff Network

Birkbeck School of Law 

Podcast of this event can be found at the following link.