Scientizing the Other: Science, Medicine and the Study of Human Difference, 1800-1950

A one-day postgraduate student conference to be held at Churchill College, University of Cambridge

22 June 2010

For the last two hundred years, members of the scientific and medical establishments have represented and misrepresented peoples of different class, sex, race, age and ability in their efforts to chart human variation.  This conference will explore how science has been used to evaluate the ‘other’ in society, and will examine the various means by which seemingly objective conclusions were reached concerning whole segments of the population.

Suggested topics might include (but are not limited to):

*Scientific racism


*Gendered or racial medicine

*Psychology/psychiatry of different population groups

*Physical degeneration

*Perspectives on physical or mental disability

The keynote address will be presented by Gavin Schaffer (University of Portsmouth), author of “Racial Science and British Society, 1930-1962” (Palgrave MacMillan, 2008).

The conference are presently seeking proposals for 20-minute papers.  Please send an abstract of 250 words and a brief CV by 10 March 2010 to BOTH conveners:

Bradley Hart,