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Conference on “Race, Science and Eugenics in East Central Europe in the 19th and 20th Centuries” with a Round-table Discussion on “Medical and Anthropological Collections –Their Tainted Past and Problematic Future”

Otto Wagner Spital
Tuesday, November 2, 2021, 3:30 pm – Wednesday, November 3, 2021, 2:30 pm

The centennial of the Second International Eugenics Congress (1921) provides an excellent opportunity to focus on how eugenics has been used and misused over the past century and to critically assess how eugenics continues to globally influence political, social and medical ideas, as well as practices and policies.

The conference will also address moral, political, and social issues linked to the history of race and science more generally. The theme is central to Central European University (CEU), which will build its new Vienna campus at the Otto-Wagner-Areal (‘Steinhof’), a former psychiatric hospital in which serious medical abuses took place.

Our conference is organized by Professor Emese Lafferton at the Department of History (CEU), in cooperation with the Steinhof Visioning Group (CEU) and the transnational project entitled ‘From Small Beginnings...’, which facilitates events on the centennial.