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Lives Unworthy of Life? Disability Pride Versus Eugenics

The Pears Institute in collaboration with Birkbeck Disabled Staff Network and Birkbeck School of Law

Speaker: Professor Tom Shakespeare, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine
Date: Wed, Jan. 29, 2020
Time:  1:00pm - 2:30pm
Venue: Birkbeck, University of London, Room B05, Torrington Square main entrance, WC1E 7HX
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Professor Tom Shakespeare will discuss the international eugenics movement before and after 1900, and the euthanasia it resulted in during the Nazi regime. Norbert Elias authored The Civilising Process in 1939. By 1941, his own mother was murdered in the Holocaust. How can we combat hate crime and antisocial attacks on disabled people today? What does society require in order to maintain civilisation?

Tom Shakespeare is Professor of Disability Research at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. His books include Genetic Politics: From Eugenics to Genome, and he is a co-author of the World Report on Disability (WHO 2011). In 2019, he co-authored a report on bioethics for the UN Special Rapporteur on Disability.

This event is one of a series in ‘From Small Beginnings…’, a cross-institutional and interdisciplinary programme of presentations and workshops exploring the history and continuing influences of the development of eugenics. For more information visit www.fromsmallbeginnings.org or email the Programme Curator, Benedict Ipgrave at b.ipgrave@bbk.ac.uk.

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