2022 Programme for From Small Beginnings...

Programme Itinerary

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Battling Eugenics: Debates and The Rise of Opposition in Science and Culture. International Symposium.

April 2022 26th-27th, Hosted by Warsaw University.

A Polish reflection consisting of a two day conference on April 26th-27st, spearheaded by Ewa Luczak and Joanna Ziarkowska, and hosted by Warsaw University, bringing together international scholars from across the world, in person or virtually, to look at the international implications of eugenics.

Eugenics in South Korean Biomedicine: The Past and the Present

April 29th 1pm-5pm KST, Hosted by the Korean Society of Medical History and sponsored by Pusan National University

A virtual workshop looking at Korean eugenic in Southern Korea, from its colonial legacies, gendered eugenics, eugenic intervention and its knowledge production, through to what can we learn from eugenic pasts for understanding the times we live in and what needs to be done in the future. Workshop spearheaded by Jiyoung Hyun and (Pusan National University), Jiyoung Park (Inje University College of Medicine). Event in Korean.

Legacies of Eugenics across the Middle East

June, Date TBC, hosted by Ben Gurion University of the Negev

A virtual day conference, looking at the legacies of eugenics across the Middle East, colonial eugenic legacies, eugenics in medical histories, and consanguinity within the Middle East and Middle Eastern immigrant communities in Europe.

Legacies of Eugenics across Southeast Asia

July 13th, hosted by Brookes University

A virtual symposium, looking at the legacies of eugenics across Southeast Asia, from colonial endeavours, to modern population management. 

Legacies of Eugenics across the Pacific Islands

Date TBC

Bringing together an exploration into eugenic legacies and the environment, and how such legacies have and continue to change the landscape of the Pacific Islands.

Legacies of Eugenics across Latin America

October 12th and 13th, hosted by Oxford Brookes University

A virtual two day conference drawing together scholars, activists, artists and educators from across Latin America, to look at how the eugenics has infiltrated and influenced different national histories, and what is being done from the energy to confront and fight back against these eugenic legacies.

The Legacies of Eugenics in Psychiatry

November, Date TBC

A transnational conference that looks at the legacies of eugenics in psychiatry.

'From the Podium to the Classroom': South African Eugenics reflections.

Date TBC

From Podium to the Classroom: Understanding the Impact of racial science before, during and post-Apartheid and how the legacies of the eugenics lingers in universities and schools in South Africa.

Eugenic Legacies Transnational Education Working Group.

January 2021 onwards, online.

Addressing the legacies of eugenics in education. Spearheaded in partnership by Benedict Ipgrave and Milton Reynolds, this group will bring together a group of international educators with the main aim of the group to determine what are the most appropriate and effective ways to address the legacies of eugenics within our education system, and with an end goal of a collective proposal around achieving this, that will be showcased and discussed with other events around marking the centenary of the Congress.

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The Legacy of Eugenics in Scandinavia: The impact of Swedish Race Biology on the Sami and Tornedalians.

27th May, Hosted virtually by University College London

A panel spearheaded by Jakob Stougaard-Nielson looking at eugenics' legacies and impact upon the Sami and Tornedalian community.

Eugenics in California and the World: Race, Class, Gender/Sexuality and Disability.

4-5th June, Symposium hosted virtually by the University of California

A Californian virtual symposium looking at how state institutions of higher learning, health care, and government promoted, sustained, and mainstreamed eugenics via educational, medical, and public contexts across California. Part of the Californian Eugenics Legacies Project, spearheaded by Miroslava Chavez Garcia, Susan Schweik and Bradley Hart.

Legacies of Eugenics in Canada.

15th June. Hosted virtually by University of Saskatchewan.

A virtual Canadian reflection bringing together scholars across Canada and spearheaded by Erika Dyck looking at addressing the legacies of eugenics within a Canadian context.

Historical and Modern Perspectives on Eugenics in the U.S. South.

17th June - Webinar 1 and 14th July - Webinar 2, Hosted virtually across Research Triangle

A Southern reflection, looking at the legacies of eugenics within a Southern context, spearheaded by Edward Larson, Karin Zipf and Anna Krome-Lukens that will consist of three monthly webinars, hosted across the Research Triangle. 

India's Eugenic Past, Presents and Futures.

30th July and 9th August. Hosted virtually by University of Massachusetts.

A couple of panels spearheaded by Asha Nadkarni and Banu Subramaniam, that will be organized sessions around the various histories of eugenics in India and their afterlives today.

Eugenic Legacies in Mexico and the Americas.

11th – 12th August, Hosted virtually by 17’ Institute in Mexico City.

A Mexican reflection to be held at the 17' Institute in Mexico City on August 10-11, and spearheaded by Susan Antebi, looking at the legacies of eugenics within a Mexican context, as well as more broadly at Latin America eugenics in general.

Historical and Modern Perspectives on Eugenics in the U.S. South.

13th August - Webinar 3, Hosted virtually across Research Triangle

A Southern reflection, looking at the legacies of eugenics within a Southern context, spearheaded by Edward Larson, Karin Zipf and Anna Krome-Lukens that will consist of three monthly webinars, hosted across the Research Triangle

Regional Reflections on Eugenics: Mid-West Convening.

3rd September.

A Mid-West reflection, spearheaded by Natalie Lira, Nicole Novak and Katie O'Connor of the Sterilization and Social Justice Lab. A series of in person panel discussions around eugenics in the Mid-West, each panel around a particular theme. These events will also be showcasing the new release of sterilization case findings in the states of Michigan and Iowa, currently being researched by the Sterilization and Social Justice Lab. 

Eugenic Thinking in Australasia: An Anti-Eugenics Centennial.

September 3rd/2nd - 10th/9th and 14th/13th, hosted virtually by the University of Western Australia

Series of two-hour, online panels, exploring eugenic thinking in Australasia, both past and present. One panel will focus on immigration, borders, children, and citizenship; another on Indigenous Australasia; and a third on eugenics thinking across academic disciplines, such as philosophy, history, archaeology, law, or artistic performance. Spearheaded by Rob Wilson and Jane Lydon.

Legacies of Eugenics in New England.

September 22nd and October 19th, Session 1 and 2 hosted virtually by the Hutchins Centre, Harvard

Three consecutive half-day conferences looking at multiple threads of exploring the legacies of eugenics within New England. These reflections will be broadcast in a virtual event hosted by the Hutchin's Centre, Harvard, and will be mapped onto We Are Not Alone virtual exhibition. 

Bloomsbury Addressing Eugenics Citizen’s Assembly

25th - 27th September, Hosted by the The Weiner Library, London.

The London reflection, organised by the Bloomsbury Eugenics Congress Anti-Centennial Steering Group, that will be taking the four subject headings of the original congress to explore how to go about addressing and selling anti-eugenics. Ultimately the reflection will go conclude with an Addressing Eugenics Citizens Assembly, producing a shared statement of intent for how we take this important work forward, locally and internationally.

We Are Not Alone: 1921-2021, A Century of Eugenics exhibition.

September 2021 (21st-30th) – Spring 2022, London, Warsaw, Bucharest, Cluj, Research Triangle, and Bay Area.

An exhibition curated by Marius Turda, with support from Subhadra Das and Benedict Ipgrave, to be hosted by the Weiner Holocaust Library in London, around events marking the centenary, but also will be traveling to multiple locations hosting regional reflections.

Dismantling Eugenics: Legacies, Reckonings and Futures

26th September – 2nd October, hosted virtually by AMNH amongst others, New York.

The New York reflection, spearheaded in partnership between Jack Tchen and Benedict Ipgrave took place virtually on the 26th Sep – 2nd Oct at the American Museum of Natural History and other sites. 

Eugenic Legacies in Japan:  Revelations, Reparations, and Representation.

1st Nov 2021 hosted by Tokyo University

A panel, spearheaded by Mark Bookman reflecting on the preparation, execution, and immediate aftermath of the games in relation to eugenic histories and futurities in Japan.

Race, Science and Eugenics in East Central Europe in the 19th and 20th Centuries

Nov 2nd and 3rd hosted by Central European University, Vienna

The 2 day conference, spearheaded by Professor Emese Lafferton, will bring together scholars from across Central Europe to address the moral, political, and social issues linked to the history of race and science through time. The theme is central to CEU, which will build its new Vienna campus at the Otto-Wagner-Areal ("Steinhof"), a former psychiatric hospital in which serious medical abuses under the Third Reich took place.

Legacies of Eugenics in New England.

November 16th, Session 3 - 'Eugenic Futures' hosted virtually by the Hutchins Centre, Harvard

Three consecutive half-day conferences looking at multiple threads of exploring the legacies of eugenics within New England. These reflections will be broadcast in a virtual event hosted by the Hutchins Centre, Harvard, and will be mapped onto We Are Not Alone virtual exhibition.