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Sir David Davies Lecture Theatre

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For many decades, the history and legacy of eugenics have been subjects of investigation by historians and philosophers of science. In February 2020, University College London's Commission of Inquiry to Investigate the History of Eugenics at UCL is due to report its findings. Experts in the history and philosophy of science community are in a knowledgeable position to reflect on this report and to consider its value for our community.

This is a one-day workshop to digest and reflect upon this Inquiry’s report. This event is 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).

The purposes of the workshop will be:

  1. to digest and reflect upon the Inquiry’s historical and philosophical (not only ethical) findings,

  2. to present complimentary research about eugenics investigations and advocacy previously undertaken at UCL and University of London,

  3. to contribute to the construction of context for activity at UCL, such as historical context across other universities or knowledge networks, or philosophical context across issues of categorization, empowerment, or responsibility.

  4. use concepts and practice in history and philosophy of science to further inform the ongoing discussion about the legacy of eugenics. For instance, What is a “legacy”? What is “agency” and “responsibly” in subjects such as this? How might we understand “consequence”?

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