Speaker: Dr Marius Turda (Oxford Bookes)
In this lecture, Dr Turda investigates the interpretation of eugenics as a secular religion. He explores the idea that there is a need to understand eugenics not only as a specialised scientific research into the quality of the population but also as a means to produce new meaning and purpose. This is not to argue that eugenics was a modern secular surrogate for religion, or for a model that defines eugenics as a secular religion simply based on the premise that its ideological content was non-Christian or anti-Christian. What this lecture will propose instead is to return to Galton’s views on eugenics as a secular religion and read them historically.
Directions for the Berrick Saul Building are available online.
Location: Bowland Auditorium, Berrick Saul Building, University of York
Admission: Free and open to all