School of History, Philosophy and Culture

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  • History of Race and Eugenics

    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.

    Book series


    • Director: Ross Brooks (2018–Present)
    • Director (2016–2018): Patrick T. Merricks
    • Director (2011–2015): Dr Tudor Georgescu
    • Founder and Director (2006–2011): Dr Marius Turda (Oxford Brookes University)
    • Vladimir Petrovic (Phd Candidate, Central European University, Budapest)
    • Rachel Boaz (Baldwin Wallace College, Berea)
  • Previous Events

    • International Workshop: Motherhood, Family, Reproduction: The Theory and Practice of Eugenics, 3–4 April 2014, Balliol College, Oxford. Programme.
    • Public Screening: Eugenics at the Movies: ‘Are You Fit to Marry?’ (1927), 24 April 2013, Phoenix Picture House, Oxford. Poster, Find us on Facebook
    • Public Lecture: Zigi Shipper: In and Beyond Auschwitz, 11 March 2013, Oxford Brookes University. Poster
    • 14th Meeting: "Second International Workshop on Lysenkoism." 21–23 June 2012, University of Vienna, Austria. Programme attached
    • 13th Meeting: "Puériculture, Biotypology and ‘Latin’ Eugenics in Comparative Context." 20 April 2012, Maison Française d’Oxford. Programme attached.
    • 12th Meeting: International Conference: "The German Archipelago: German Ethnic Minorities and Interwar Eugenics." 16-19 December 2011, Balliol College, Oxford
      Conference Report
    • 11th Meeting: International Conference: "Crafting Humans: From Genesis to Eugenics and Beyond." 8-10 September 2011, The Queen's College, Oxford.
    • 10th Meeting: International Workshop: "Health and Society: Private and Public Medical Traditions in Greece and the Balkans (1453-1920)." 8 - 10 December 2010, Athens, Greece.
    • 9th Meeting: International Workshop: "Museums of Medicine in Past and Present: Innovating the use of Medical Collections as Public and Private Academic Resources." 12-14 May 2010, Semmelweis Museum, Budapest, Hungary.
    • 8th Meeting: "Networking the Past: Historical Network Analysis, Eugenics and Biopolitics in the 20th Century." 14 - 16 April 2010, Vienna, Austria.
    • 7th Meeting: "Eugenics, Race and Psychiatry in the Baltic States: A Trans-National Perspective." 7 - 8 May 2009, Goethe-Institut Riga, Latvia. ( Conference Report)
    • 2nd Seminar: "Child Welfare, Prostitution and Sexual Politics: Contemporary Perspectives." 22 April 2009, Oxford Brookes University.
    • 6th Meeting: "Medicine within and between the Empires (Habsburg and Ottoman), XVII to early XX Centuries." 21 - 23 November 2008, The Medical University of Vienna, Austria.
    • 5th Meeting: "Eugenics, Modernisation and Biopolitics." 18 - 19 April 2008, Institute of History of the Polish Academy of Science Warsaw, Poland.
    • 1st Seminar: "Criminal Anthropology and Psychiatry in Modern Romania, 1860-1945." 1. April 2008, Oxford Brookes University.
    • 4th Meeting: "Medicine in the Balkans: Evolution of Ideas and Practice to 1945." 24 - 25 January 2008, The Wellcome Trust Centre for the History of Medicine at UCL, UK.
    • 3rd Meeting: "Hygiene-Health Politics - Eugenics: Engineering Society in Twentieth Century Southeastern Europe." 31 May - 02 June 2007, Freie Universität Berlin, Germany. ( Conference Report)
    • 2nd Meeting: "Social Hygiene, Eugenics and Heredity in Central Europe, 1900-1940." 01 December 2006, Institute for Human Sciences, Vienna, Austria.
    • 1st Meeting: "Racial Hygiene and Eugenics in Southeast Europe, 1900-1940." 7 June 2006, Oxford Brookes University, UK.