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Subject:

CFP: New Formations: Eugenics (10/1/03; journal issue)

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Stefani Engelstein <[log in to unmask]>

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German Studies CFP Forum <[log in to unmask]>

Date:

Thu, 31 Jul 2003 14:41:32 -0700

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From: "Angelique Richardson" <[log in to unmask]>

> Call for Papers
>
> Carolyn Burdett and Angelique Richardson are seeking contributions for a
> Special Issue of the journal New Formations on OEugenics¹.
>
> The term eugenics was coined in the latter part of the nineteenth century
by
> Francis Galton, to describe an idea and an aspiration. The idea concerned
> Galton¹s conviction that characteristics such as bodily health, mental
> aptitude and moral quality are inherited. The aspiration was that a
modern,
> civilised society might and must find ways of regulating the processes of
> reproduction in order to manage and improve the nation. If the impact of
> eugenics on social policy during the first half of the twentieth century
was
> regarded by enthusiasts as disappointingly limited, eugenic thinking, with
> its associated ideas of degeneration, was nevertheless pervasive in the
> culture.
>
> Towards the end of the twentieth century, in 1997, investigative
journalism
> sparked controversy about the persistence of eugenic practice long after
its
> supposed demise with the defeat of Nazism. Sweden, a state seen by many as
> exemplary for its socialistic welfare arrangements, had carried out
> programmes of coercive sterilization for 40 years, ending only in 1976.
The
> Swedish women who had undergone sterilization as a condition of gaining
> welfare, or to avoid prison, were not unique targets of such state
> intervention, however. Evidence of similar coercive sterilization regimes
> emerged in Austria, France, Finland, Norway and Switzerland; in Virginia,
> USA, the Lynchburg colony made famous for its test-case sterilizations
based
> on law passed in the 1920s, continued its work until the 1970s.
>
> While the outcry occasioned by the revelations about Sweden, for example,
> suggests that the image of a state-organised eugenics was not generally
> acceptable by the end of the twentieth century, eugenic ideas nonetheless
> persist and find new forms. This is most striking in the technical
> revolutions associated with reproductive technologies, where eugenics is
> often couched in the language of rights. In recent years, a Onew eugenics¹
> has emerged as a central part of health and commodity culture in the form
of
> human biotechnology, including donor insemination, prenatal diagnosis of
> genetic diseases and disorders, in vitro fertilization, cloning, and
genetic
> engineering. Michel Foucault deemed eugenics one of Othe two great
> innovations in the technology of sex of the second half of the nineteenth
> century¹; it was ­ and remains, after Watson and Crick, - a peculiarly
> significant language of modernity.
>
> This Special Issue seeks to explore the development and continuing
> importance of eugenics from its inception in the latter part of the
> nineteenth century to today. It aims specifically to analyse and explore
the
> cultural forms eugenic thinking takes and the cultural impact it makes.
The
> editors aim to produce an inter- and multi-disciplinary discussion about
> eugenics and thus welcome contributions from a range of disciplinary
areas,
> including literature, film, cultural studies, visual culture, history of
> science, and the social sciences. Contributions may take the form of short
> pieces (2-3,500 words) or more substantial essays (to a maximum of 7,000
> words).
>
> Possible topics may include:
> discourses on the natural; reproductive technologies; the language of
> rights; commodity culture and the human body; eugenics and the individual.
>
> This is an initial Call for Papers: please send an abstract (300-500
words;
> in Word) or a draft to:
> [log in to unmask] or [log in to unmask]
> The deadline for abstracts or drafts is October 1st 2003.
>
> On New Formations
> New Formations has established a reputation nationally and internationally
> as Britain's most significant interdisciplinary journal of culture,
politics
> and theory. It brings new and challenging perspectives of cultural
analysis
> to bear on the cutting edge of politics. Always at the forefront of
> intellectual debate, New Formations has covered issues ranging from the
> seduction of perversity to questions of nationalism and postcolonialism.
> New Formations brings together both established and new writers from many
> walks of critical life. Previous contributors include: Parveen Adams, Ien
> Ang, Susan Buck-Morss, Homi Bhabha, Victor Burgin, Iain Chambers, Joan
> Copjec, Jacques Derrida, Simon Frith, Paul Gilroy, Sue Golding, Doreen
> Massey, Kobena Mercer, Meaghan Morris, Christopher Norris, John Rajchman,
> Kevin Robins, Gillian Rose, Jacqueline Rose, Lynne Segal, Robert Young,
and
> Slavoj Zizek.
>
>

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