Following our call for participation in a one-day workshop to digest and reflect upon the final report published by University College London’s Commission of Inquiry to Investigate the History of Eugenics at UCL, this page provides instructions for participation. These events are not part of the Inquiry’s work; they are part of a longer term Legacies of Eugenics project in UCL Department of Science and Technology Studies (STS), directed by Professor Joe Cain.
1. Register to attend the workshop, 01 May 2020
Registration is free but compulsory because seats are limited. Please register via EventBrite. Ticketing opens 01 January 2020, 9am.
2. Propose a contribution to the programme
Participation may take one of several forms. The deadline for submitting material in any of these formats is 09 April 2020. UCL policies governing external speakers will apply to all contributions in this workshop.
2.1 contribute a presentation
Presentations will take the form of commentaries or papers of up to 20 minutes, followed by discussions with the audience. Each speaker will be asked to produce a publishable summary essay of their reflections, considered in light of workshop discussions, for posting on the workshop website. Those proposing to contribute a presentation must submit a title and an abstract (approximately 250 words) before the deadline. Spaces are limited. Please send proposals to:
2.2 contribute a blog entry
We invite the submission of reflections, in the form of an essay up to 2,000 words and 3 images, for posting on the workshop website as publicly available blog posts. Discussion of posted items will be included in the workshop programme.
Attribution and referencing must follow scholarly conventions of the (Author Date: Page) system (i.e. the “Chicago style”). No footnotes or endnotes. We may require editorial changes on matters of style and format. We also may require substantiation on factual matters.
You will be identified as the author, so please ensure your submission represents your own personal views and evidence is supplied where appropriate. We will not accept essays published elsewhere.
Send us your materials via WeTransfer to this address:
Please also send a covering letter with your contact details, captions for images, information on the copyright status of any images, and any other instructions you wish to pass on.
By submitting your written reflections, you affirm (1) the writing represents your personal views, (2) it is not published elsewhere, and (2) you give permission for the “Legacies of Eugenics” project to post your submission on its website, making it publicly available. Images must be either in the public domain or copyright cleared. If you’d like the submission withdrawn at any time in the future, you simply need to email workshop organisers to make this request. You keep the copyright of your essay, but you give us an indefinite non-exclusive license to use the material you’ve submitted. This means that you are free to post your essay anywhere else you choose, or to use it in any other form later.
2.3 contribute a YouTube reflection
We invite 5-minute video or audio presentations within the scope of this workshop. Selected presentations will be included on the workshop programme (that is, screened in the room), with time made available for discussion. These, and selected others, will be posted on the workshop’s YouTube channel and made publicly available.
A video reflection might involve you speaking to the camera, or it might involve a screen capture of presentation slides. The audio should be clear and free from distracting external sounds. This may be any format allowed by YouTube.
An audio reflection will involve you speaking, and it should not include other people or additional inputs (e.g., no music and no sound effects). The audio should be clear. The file should be mp3 format.
Ideally, you will close-caption the presentation. YouTube gives guidance on how to do this.
When you are finished, please send your video or audio file to us via WeTransfer to this address:
Please include a covering letter with your contact details, captions for images, information on the copyright status of images, and any other instructions you wish to pass on.
We cannot accept presentations used elsewhere, and we cannot accept presentations posted via other YouTube sites. (This is because we cannot assure ourselves the content will be fixed and preserved for the long term.)
By submitting your presentation, you affirm (1) the presentation represents your personal views, and (2) you give permission for the “Legacies of Eugenics” project to post your video on its YouTube channel, making it publicly available for viewing. You will be identified as the author. If you’d like the presentation withdrawn at any time in the future, you simply need to email the workshop organisers to make this request. You keep the copyright of your presentation, but you give us an indefinite non-exclusive license to use the material you’ve submitted. This means that you are free to post your presentation anywhere else you choose, or to use it in any other form later but we will not modify what you submit.
3. You also might consider registering for our Wikithon, 02 May 2020
Register to participate in the Wikithon via Eventbrite. (A separate listing will be posted once we have a facility booked.) This is separate from the workshop, so you need to register for both. We will send joining instructions to those who are registered. No submission of materials prior to the event is requested.
4. Encouraging contributions
Those of us in groups judged low by eugenics policies and advocates are especially welcome to contribute.
Conference organisers will be happy to discuss adjustments to facilitate inclusion by those who sometimes find participation difficult, whatever the reason. For example, speaker timings might be adjusted to suit those with caring responsibilities; and solutions for specific access requirements can be investigated. We also will have methods for participation-at-a-distance for those with concerns about the sustainability of conference travel or with difficulties participating in large groups.
Send questions or requests to us:
5. Additional information
Why use different forms of communication in this workshop? Two reasons underlie our approach:
- We want to increase the number of presenters and expand the range of views presented. We also know some people are more comfortable with other formats than speaking to live audiences.
- UCL’s sustainability agenda asks us to reduce travel and to consider alternatives. This workshop is experimenting with ways to comply while also ensuring real engagement and respect for all contributors.
These are compromises, we know. Time on the programme is limited, too. We think these additional formats will give us ways to increase opportunities to comment and reflect within some tight constraints.