Alberta Eugenics Awareness Week 2012: Highlights Video

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Philosophy, Eugenics and Disability in Alberta and Places North – Rob Wilson Part 1

On October 25, 2008, the What Sorts Network hosted a public symposium to examine, well, philosophy, eugenics, and disability in Alberta and places north. Four speakers were featured on the panel, Dick Sobsey, Simo Vehmas, Martin Tweedale, and Rob Wilson. This event was video recorded and over the next month we will highlight these videos on this blog. Roughly four videos will be featured each week.

To download the full description of the symposium please click here.

With this video we begin the first part of the presentation by Rob Wilson. Professor Wilson’s presentation is titled “Building Inclusive Communities Through Practices of Collective Memory: The Case of Eugenic Sterilization in Alberta.” Part interim report, part philosophical reflection, this presentation is a glimpse into the ongoing process of exploring the eugenics history of Alberta.

Part 1

Highlights: collective memory, particular practices of collective memory, constructive value of the very activity of remembering, direction of the What Sorts Network.

Transcript below the cut.

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Official Welcome

From the mind behind the WhatSorts? project, Rob Wilson:

Welcome to the WhatSortsOfPeople blog! Here you will find discussions of science and technology, disability, health and medicine, transhumanism, the ethics and politics of reproduction, the eugenic past, psychiatry and mental illness, race, gender, ethnicity, and science, and whatever else strikes our collective fancy. Like this report from the frontlines of where science meets religion.

You might also check out comments #492 and #967, for my pick of the comments in the first 24 hours or so. For those wanting more, check out Greg Laden’s blog, which provides a metareview of the life of this story in the blogsphere.