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The University of Southampton

Inaugural Lecture - Professor Clare Hanson Event

15 March 2012
Lecture Theatre A Building 65 Avenue Campus University of Southampton SO17 1BF

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Event details

Eugenics in Post-war Britain

In the Chair: Professor Mary Eagleton

It is widely believed that eugenic thought petered out in post-war Britain, in the wake of the revelation of Nazi atrocities and in the context of the changed social attitudes of a more egalitarian society. This lecture invites you to re-examine these assumptions as it explores the continuing vitality of eugenic aims and aspirations. It will suggest that eugenic thought influenced academic disciplines from sociology to genetic science, as well as having an impact on social policy and provoking responses from writers ranging from John Wyndham to Doris Lessing. Come and find out more!

Each of the Humanities Inaugural Lectures will have an end of lecture collection for charity.  For this lecture the charity Professor Hanson has chosen to support is Amnesty International.

Tea and coffee will be provided in the South Corridor before the lecture at 5:30pm, the lecture begins at 6pm and it will be followed by a drink reception.


The Inaugural Lecture will be streamed live so if you cannot attend the event in person you can still join us for the lecture.

Speaker information

Professor Clare Hanson,English

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