From 22 September 2022 until 24 February 2023, the RCPsych hosted an exhibition called "We Are Not Alone": Legacies of Eugenics.
The exhibition was created by Professor Marius Turda and first hosted at the Wiener Library in London in September 2021. Since then, it has travelled to Romania, Poland and Sweden and in April 2023 visited Harvard University. From September 2022, UCL’s Institute of Education also hosted sections of the exhibition dealing directly with education.
The History of Psychiatry Special Interest Group worked with Professor Turda to add a panel discussing the RCPsych and its members’ involvement with eugenics, in the hope that by accepting and exploring our history we can better challenge systemic inequality and prejudice in healthcare today.
To accompany the exhibition, the College hosted a free webinar, which can still be viewed below, a half-day event and solicited a series of blogs. These can also be accessed in the further reading section below.
- Francis Galton: Narrative of an explorer in the human sciences
- Exploring the Legacies of Eugenics in Psychiatry – Part I
- Exploring the Legacies of Eugenics in Psychiatry – Part II
- From small beginnings: to build an anti-eugenic future
- Legacies of eugenics: confronting the past, forging a future
- Commemorating the Holocaust, Confronting the Legacy of Eugenics in Psychology
- Differential fertility? - British psychiatrists and the unscientific basis of a eugenic ideology (1910-1969)
- Beyond the Lunatic Asylum of the Nineteenth Century – Its Legacy, My Family, and the Madness Within
- Colonialism, eugenics and ‘race’ in Central and Eastern Europe
- The Report of the ASHG Facing Our History – Building an Equitable Future Initiative
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