Marius Turda is Director of the Centre for Medical Humanities.
Originally from Maramures, Marius has been teaching at Oxford Brookes since 2005. He is the founder director of the Cantemir Institute at the University of Oxford (2012-2013) and founder of the Working Group on the History of Eugenics and Race (HRE), established in 2006.
Teaching and supervision
- Death, Disease and Doctors: Medicine and Society [Year 1] - This module engages with the changing nature of medical ideas and practices, and their role in shaping policy and behaviour and our understanding of modern society.
- The Making of the Modern World: Brave New Worlds: Evolution and its Discontents [Year 2] - This module explores the history of evolutionary ideas and how they’re applied to society and politics.
- On Race and Racism [Year 3] - This module places the history of race and the development of racism in a global perspective.
- Engineering Society: Eugenics and Biopolitics in Europe, 1860-1945 - This module examines the legacies of eugenics, racism and biopolitics.
Dr Turda has supervised and continues to supervise BA, MA and PhD dissertations on various aspects of the history of eugenics and race.
|Ross Brooks||Queer Science in Britain, c.1900-1939: Narratives of Naturalisation and Eradication||Active|
|Cosmin Koszor-Codrea||‘The Word of Science’: The Popularization of Darwinism in Romania, 1860–1918||Active|
Professor Turda's research interests are in the history of eugenics, race and racism.
Research grants and awards
Current funding include an award from Public History Project and one from the Open Society Foundation, administered by the Royal Institution of Great Britain.
- See my videos and podcasts on the history of eugenics, race and racism.
Centres and institutes
Projects as Principal Investigator, or Lead Academic if project is led by another Institution
- Uppsala University studentship - Terry-Lee Marttinen (01/09/2022 - 31/08/2028), funded by: Vetenskapsradet (Swedish Research Council), funding amount received by Brookes: £77,416
- 'We are not alone': Legacies of Eugenics, 1921-2021 (01/07/2021 - 25/12/2022), funded by: Ford Foundation, funding amount received by Brookes: £140,233
- Ana Aslan and Gerovital: Rejuvenation, Gerontology and Senescence in Romania (01/11/2019 - 07/01/2023), funded by: Farmec SA, funding amount received by Brookes: £13,158
- Ana Aslan and Gerovital: Rejuvenation, Gerontology and Senescence in Romania - extra funding (01/11/2019 - 07/01/2023), funded by: Farmec SA, funding amount received by Brookes: £3,200
Turda M, 'Legacies of eugenics: confronting the past, forging a future'
Ethnic and Racial Studies 45 (13) (2022) pp.2470-2477
ISSN: 0141-9870 eISSN: 1466-4356Abstract Published here Open Access on RADAR
Ipgrave B, Chavez-Garcia M, Darnovsky M, Das S, Galarneau C, Garland-Thomson R, Groce NE, Platt T, Reynolds M, Turda M, Wilson RA, 'From small beginnings: to build an anti-eugenic future'
The Lancet 399 (10339) (2022) pp.1934-1935
ISSN: 0140-6736 eISSN: 1474-547XPublished here
Turda, M, 'Subversive Affinities: Embracing Soviet Science in late 1940s Romania'
Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part C: Studies in History and Philosophy of Biological and Biomedical Sciences 83 (2020)
ISSN: 1369-8486 eISSN: 1879-2499Abstract Published here Open Access on RADAR
Turda M, 'Scientific Calvinism: Eugenics as a Secular Religion'
The Journal of Religious History, Literature and Culture 4 (2) (2018) pp.1-16
ISSN: 2057-4517 eISSN: 2057-4525Published here Open Access on RADAR
Turda M, 'Unity in Diversity: Latin Eugenic Narrative in Europe, c. 1910s-1930s'
Contemporanea: XIXth and XXth Century History Review 1 (2017) pp.3-30
ISSN: 1127-3070Abstract Published here Open Access on RADAR
Turda M, 'Romanian Eugenic Sub-Culture and the Allure of Biopolitics, 1918–39'
Acta Poloniae Historica 114 (2017) pp.29-58
ISSN: 0001–6829Abstract Published here Open Access on RADAR
Turda M, 'Redemptive Family Narratives: Olga Lengyel and the Textuality of the Holocaust'
Archiva Moldaviae 8 (2016) pp.69-82
ISSN: 2067-3930Abstract Published here Open Access on RADAR
Turda M, 'Sub-Cultures and Narratives of Race in Hungary'
Cahiers d'Etudes Hongroises et Finlandaises 20-2014 (2015) pp.229-241
ISSN: 1149-6525Published here
Turda M, 'The ambiguous victim: Miklós Nyiszli's narrative of medical experimentation in Auschwitz-Birkenau'
Historein 14 (1) (2014) pp.43-58
ISSN: 2241-2816Abstract Published here
Turda M, 'In Pursuit of Greater Hungary: Eugenic Ideas of Social and Biological Improvement, 1940–1941'
The Journal of Modern History 85 (3) (2013) pp.558-591
ISSN: 0022-2801 eISSN: 1537-5358Abstract Published here
Turda M, 'In Search of racial types: soldiers and the anthropological mapping of the Romanian nation, 1914-1944'
Patterns of Prejudice 47 (1) (2013) pp.1-21
ISSN: 0031-322XAbstract Published here
Turda M, 'Entangled traditions of race: physical anthropology in Hungary and Romania, 1900-1940'
Focaal: Journal of Global and Historical Anthropology 58 (3) (2010) pp.32-46
ISSN: 0920-1297Abstract Published here
Turda M, 'The Biology of War: Eugenics in Hungary, 1914-1918'
Austrian History Yearbook 40 (2009) pp.238-264
ISSN: 0067-2378 eISSN: 1558-5255Abstract Published here
Turda M, 'To end the degeneration of a nation': debates on eugenic sterilization in inter-war Romania'
Medical History 53 (1) (2009) pp.77-104
ISSN: 0025-7273Abstract Published here
Turda M, 'To End the Degeneration of a Nation: Debates on Eugenic Sterilization in Inter-war Romania'
Medical History 53 (1) (2009) pp.77-104
ISSN: 0025-7273Published here
Turda M, 'Conservative palingenesis and cultural modernism in early twentieth-century Romania '
Totalitarian Movements and Political Religions 9 (4) (2008) pp.437-453
ISSN: 1469-0764 eISSN: 1743-9647Abstract Published here
Turda M, 'Social Hygiene and Public Health in Hungary and Romania, 1920-1940'
Gesundheitswesen 68 (2006) pp.496-497
ISSN: 0941-3790 eISSN: 1439-4421Published here
Memberships of professional bodies
Recent conferences organised and papers presented
- See the History of Race and Eugenics (HRE) for a full list of conferences.
Seminar series organised
- Co-founder and convenor of East & East-Central Europe Seminar, University of Oxford (2006-2012)
- Convenor of the History of Medicine Seminar, Oxford Brookes University (2010-2014)
- Convenor of the Centre for Medical Humanities Seminar, Oxford Brookes University (2015-present)