Professor Joe Cain has announced plans for a workshop for historians and philosophers of science to reflect upon the final report of University College London’s Commission of Inquiry into the History of Eugenics, due at the end of February 2020. This will take the form of a one-day meeting in London on 01 May 2020 and a one-day Wikithon on 02 May 2020. Contributions will be welcome from a distance via short pre-recorded video, audio, and written reflections.
Those of us in groups judged low by eugenics policies and advocates are especially welcome to contribute.
The terms of reference for the 2018-2020 UCL Inquiry included:
- To examine the historical role of UCL in the study and teaching of eugenics using oral, archived and other necessary pieces of evidence, including, but not limited to a tour of the UCL Estate.
- To examine the current status of the teaching and study of eugenics at UCL
- To examine the current status of UCL’s benefit from any financial instruments linked to the study and teaching of eugenics
- To provide a recommendation as to what UCL’s current position should be on the teaching, dissemination and study of eugenics and its inherent link to modern day racism
- To provide an intellectual, moral and business based recommendation to UCL on how to manage its current naming of spaces and buildings after prominent eugenicists, including the option of renaming such spaces…
This workshop and Wikithon launches the Legacies of Eugenics project, whose long-term goal is to build a network for studying the history and legacies of eugenics through multi-cultural lenses. These events are not part of the Inquiry itself.
Details will be available early in 2020. Feel free to contact us: