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The study of eugenics and race is currently undergoing a remarkable transformation - one defined by society's need to engage with scientific advances and the ethical dilemmas they raise on the one hand, and the investigation of hitherto neglected case studies on the other. The inclusion and juxtaposition of national and international histories of race and eugenics lies at the heart of this international collaboration that strives to not only yield original and timely research on these neglected national case studies, but to redefine and diversify the overarching debates on these particularly turbulent periods of modern history.
The research group’s ability to innovate and improve upon existing scholarship through a truly international transfer of knowledge is not only evident in the broad geographical diversity of its participants, but the intensity and frequency of scholarly interactions it continuously promotes. The research group aims to build an encompassing framework of interpretation that transcends national boundaries that can serve to strengthen academic collaborations between various countries in Europe, the US and Latin America.
Another of the research group's core ambitions is to invest in the long-term future of young scholars aspiring towards a genuine trans-national agenda. It is assumed that the success of the research group will convince its members' home institutions of the need to provide further financial and logistical support for subsequent events. Thus, by creating a network of international scholars working in the broad area of eugenics and race, the research group will help to foster new interdisciplinary agendas that push the frontiers of academic research, while staying connected to political developments concerning racial and gender equality in the twentieth-first century.