Eugenics Archives

With the conclusion of the Living Archives project in 2015, this blog also wound up. Interested readers should head over to to see what’s there. (You can also find the “Thinking in Action Series” entry there to link directly back into our very popular series of thirteen blog posts on talks from the Cognitive Disability Meets Moral Philosophy conference back in 2008, which make for great teaching tools!

Living Archives Website Outage

Living Archives Website Outage

In order to accommodate our newgenics game and because our current host is shutting down, we are moving the Living Archives Website to it’s final hosting place on Friday, March 6th.

The site will be unavailable for a few hours on Friday, and there may be intermittent outages over the next couple of days. In preparation for the move, please do not add or modify anything in a database starting today Wednesday, March 4th and ending on Friday, March 6th.

There will be no change to the URL, but we will be on a faster and more stable hosting platform – and we will be unveiling the newgenics game!

We will send out an email once the move is complete.

the Living Archive Tech Team


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Thank you for your patience!

March 1st deadline REMINDER – Scope of Eugenics!



Scope of Eugenics Poster with MountainsDeadline for submission is this Sunday March 1st! Don’t miss the opportunity to spend time with scholars and community advocates in the Rocky Mountains at the Banff Centre. May 22 – 25th, 2015!

Click here to view the poster as a pdf – Scope of Eugenics p


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Scope of Eugenics – Call for Submission – extended until March 1, 2015

The Scope of Eugenics
Call for Submissions

Eugenics Archives ( is pleased to announce a four-day workshop at the Banff Centre, May 22nd-25th, 2015, in Banff, Alberta. To acknowledge the significant contributions made by students to the Living Archives on Eugenics in Western Canada project over the past four years, we invite submissions from early career scholars—students and those within three years of completing their doctorates—from any discipline on topics related to eugenics and its contemporary significance.

Submissions should consist of a single document that includes a (i) summary abstract (<150 words), (ii) longer description (<750 words) outlining the presentation and explaining the relevance of the topic to eugenics, (iii) short biographical statement (<100 words), and (iv) CV. Possible topics include, but are in no way restricted to, the following :

Apologies to eugenics survivors Child welfare
Collective memory Human diversity
Nationalism Quality of life
Queer sexuality Roma peoples
Schizophrenia World Health Organization
Whiteness Particular Countries / Geographic Regions

The project director is happy to provide feedback to potential participants on these and other suggestions (e.g., on particular countries or regions of the world). Participants are expected to attend the whole workshop and to contribute a short article to, ideally based on their presentation, within one month of the workshop. Articles accessible via the Encyc or Around the World modules at the site indicate the type of article we have in mind.

Accommodation and meals for all workshop participants will be covered by Eugenics Archives. Participants will also be notified upon acceptance if we are able to cover in full, or contribute to in part, additional travel expenses. The workshop will allow for substantial opportunities to enjoy the Banff surrounds and will encourage networking, mentoring, and informal discussion between junior scholars interested in eugenics and Eugenics Archives team members.

Scope of Eugenics Poster with Mountains
Deadline for submissions : February 15th, 2015 EXTENDED to March 1, 2015 Acceptances : March 15th, 2015

Questions and submissions to the project director, Professor Rob Wilson :


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One Thousand Women, One Thousand Stories: Nicola Fairbrother

Thanks to Nicola’s mum for this story about one of the moving forces behind the Living Archives on Eugenics project:

She leaves out that Nicola swears like a trooper and wields her cell phone like it is part of her body, but I guess most everyone already knows that.

Deadline: January 15th

ISHPSSB 2015: deadline for submissions JANUARY 15th, 2015.

The program co-chairs for ISH 2015 would like to remind LAE members and others interested in the philosophy, history, and social study of biology of the pending deadline for submissions for ISHPSSB 2015, which will be held in Montreal, July 5-10th.

Confirmed keynote speakers for the conference include Sandra Harding (gender, postcolonialism, and science) and Ford Doolittle (tree of life, microbial genome evolution). You can find the call for abstracts and further details here.

To date, we have accepted 40 organized sessions, and will continue to accept these on a daily basis over the coming weeks. We encourage those of you thinking of adding to this list or organized sessions with a proposal for either a standard formats or a diverse formats session to look to finalize those proposals by the deadline. You can check on the General Bulletin Board to see what sessions others are hoping to submit, as well as post there to solicit interest in a proposal of your own. Or just ask around, or ask us.

For those submitting individual papers and posters, please note that we will move to decisions regarding your submissions as soon as we can, once we schedule the organized sessions.

Please do not hesitate to ask any questions, or let us know if there are ways in which we can help you get your abstracts in by the deadline.

Mark Borrello
Rob Wilson

Program Co-Chairs
ISH 2015

APA awarded $600K for PIKSI

Congratulations to the American Philosophical Association, which has been awarded a $600,000 grant from the Mellon Foundation to support PIKSI and other undergraduate diversity projects. See the full announcement at the link below.