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We Are Not Alone: The Legacies of Eugenics: a curator’s introduction to the anti-centennial exhibition and the internationalisation of eugenics

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Renowned historian and director of the Centre for Medical Humanities, Marius Turda, provides a snapshot of the themes and teachings of the upcoming exhibition We Are Not Alone: The Legacies of Eugenics which is to be hosted at the Wiener Holocaust Library for the duration of the anti-centennial, inviting audiences to engage with the international legacies of eugenics and reflect on what they mean for us today. In the current coronavirus pandemic crisis, it emphasises the need to review how myriad assumptions and attitudes rooted in eugenics continue to affect our world. Marius discusses the role this exhibition will play in this global anti-eugenics reckoning moment as it tours across Europe and America.


  • Prof. Marius Turda

    Marius Turda is professor at Oxford Brookes University and Director of its Centre for Medical Humanities. His main research interests include history of eugenics, scientific racism, history of anthropology and history of medicine. He has published a number of books on the history of eugenics, including Modernism and Eugenics, Latin Eugenics in Comparative Perspective and The History of East-Central European Eugenics: Texts and Commentaries. He is the general editor of A Cultural History of Race, published in 6 volumes by Bloomsbury in 2021. He has also produced a podcast series on the current relevance of eugenics and curated two exhibitions, including the forthcoming ‘We are not alone’: Legacies of Eugenics at the Wiener Holocaust Library (21-30 September 2021).