Lives unworthy of life? Disability pride versus eugenics

How can we combat hate crime and anti-social attacks on Disabled people today.

  • Date: 29 January 2020
  • Start time: 1.00pm
  • End time: 2.30pm
  • Price: Free
  • Venue: Birkbeck, University of London
  • Address: Room B35, Birkbeck College, Malet Street, London WC1E 7HX
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Talk by Prof. Tom Shakespeare FBA -Introduction from Prof. David Feldman, Director Pears Inst. & David Ruebain, Visiting Prof. School of Law

About this Event

Discussion of the international eugenics movement before and after 1900, and the euthanasia it resulted in during the Nazi regime. Norbert Elias authored The Civilising Process in 1939. By 1941, his own mother was murdered in the Holocaust. How can we combat hate crime and antisocial attacks on disabled people today? What does society require in order to maintain civilisation?

Tom Shakespeare is Professor of Disability research at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. His books include Genetic Politics: from eugenics to genome, and he is a co-author of the World Report on Disability (WHO 2011). In 2019, he co-authored a report on bioethics for the UN Special Rapporteur on Disability.

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