Scientizing the Other: Science, Medicine and the Study of Human
A one-day postgraduate student conference to be held at Churchill College, University of Cambridge
22 June 2010
For the last two hundred years, members of the scientific and medical establishments have represented and misrepresented peoples of different class, sex, race, age and ability in their efforts to chart human variation. This conference will explore how science has been used to evaluate the ‘other’ in society, and will examine the various means by which seemingly objective conclusions were reached concerning whole segments of the population.
Suggested topics might include (but are not limited to):
Gendered or racial medicine
Psychology/psychiatry of different population groups
Perspectives on physical or mental disability
The keynote address will be presented by Gavin Schaffer (University of Portsmouth), author of “Racial Science and British Society, 1930-1962” (Palgrave MacMillan, 2008).
We are presently seeking proposals for 20-minute papers. Please send an abstract of 250 words and a brief CV by March 1, 2010, to BOTH conveners:
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