Confronting eugenics and its legacies in psychiatry

Free Members’ Webinar

Thursday 29 September 2022

Overview of this webinar

This webinar looked at the relationship between psychiatry and eugenics, in Britain and the wider world.

It adopted a diachronic and synchronic approach by exploring the main eugenic themes characterising the psychiatric thinking and practices during the first half of the twentieth century, in countries such as England, Ireland, Germany and the USA.

The main themes addressed were:

  • representation and interpretation (theory and theorists)
  • segregation and institutionalisation (anxiety and policy)
  • sterilisation and euthanasia (practical programmes)
  • lessons and legacies (coming to terms with the past in current practice)


  • Moderator: Marius Turda (Oxford Brookes University)
  • Mathew Thomson (University of Warwick)
  • Brendan Kelly (Trinity College, Dublin)
  • Frank W Stahnisch (University of Calgary)


  1. Mathew Thomson Slides
  2. Brendan Kelly Slides
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