As coordinator of the 2014 History of Science Society meeting panel, Science. Gender, and Social Policy in the Early 20th Century, I am looking for one or two additional papers that focus on this theme of science and social policy in the United States. Given the turbulence and social dislocations that accompanied new immigration and internal migration from rural to urban areas, the new social sciences and a cadre of management experts struggled to find ways to meet needs and create a policies that could establish order. Many of them turned to the sciences to provide methods and arguments to undergird their programs. This session will focus on three or four examples of such efforts and will also identify the role played by women in these initiatives. There are two papers identified. One will examine eugenic marriage laws that passed in the 1910s and follow debates over whether or not these laws were sufficiently “scientific” in their intention and outcomes. The other paper analyzes how Mendelian heredity influenced rapid changes in institutions for people with cognitive impairments as they moved from an emphasis on schooling to become permanent residential facilities. In both of these cases, issues of gender and the involvement of women leaders is quite evident.
Please contact Katrina Jirik at firstname.lastname@example.org by April 1, 2014, if you are interested and provide a short abstract of what you might present.
Katrina N. Jirik
History of Science, Technology and Medicine
108 Pillsbury Hall
310 Pillsbury Drive SE
University of Minnesota
Minneapolis, Minnesota 55455
651-222-6247 Email: email@example.com
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