mardi 8 juin 2021

L'héritage de l'eugénisme au Canada

Legacy of Eugenics in Canada


June 15th, 2021
September 2021 marks 100 years of the Second International Eugenics Congress. Like our predecessors a century ago, we find ourselves at a pivotal moment in the history of eugenics and genetics, where new technologies and biological interventions could well determine the ethical standards of tomorrow. COVID-19 has reminded us that eugenic ideas persist when it comes to prioritizing health-care needs and vaccines around the globe.

* all times are in Central Standard Time (GMT -6)

Time Zones: Central Standard Time (CST) (Saskatoon) - 9:00
Eastern Daylight Time (Toronto): - 11:00
British Summer Time (London): - 16:00

9:00 – 9:45(CST) Welcome, Introduction, and Tribute to Nick Supina III Dr. Erika Dyck (University of Saskatchewan) and Benedict Ipgrave

10:00 – 12:00(CST) Panel: Landscapes of Eugenics and Disability in Canada
Chair: Dr. James Moran (University of Prince Edward Island)

“A kingdom dedicated to eternal children” Eugenic legacies of institutionalization and infantilization in the care of intellectual and developmental disabilities in twentieth-century Nova Scotia.
Leslie Digdon (Saint Mary’s University)

Shunning Eugenics: The Ambiguous Legacy of Positive Eugenics in Québec.
Vincent Auffrey (University of Toronto)

The Medical Certification of the “Unfit” and its Legacies: Stigma and Documentation in Ontario. Filippo Sposini (University of Toronto)

‘The Better Eugenic Types’: Scientific Racism and the Histories of Immigration and Multiculturalism in Canada. Daniel R. Meister (Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21)

12:00 – 12:30(CST) Break

12:30 – 13:20(CST) Exhibiting Eugenics Legacies
Presenters: Evadne Kelly, Carla Rice, Aly Bailey (Centre for Art and Social Justice, University of Guelph) and Seika Boye (Centre for Drama, Theatre and Performance Studies, University of Toronto)

13:30 – 15:00(CST) Panel: Eugenics, Experiments and Canadian Indigenous History
Chair: Dr. Kim TallBear (University of Alberta)

“The usual clinics”: Eugenic and Euthenic Economies, the Mi’kmaq, and the Shubenacadie Indian Residential School in Twentieth-Century Nova Scotia.
Courtney Mrazek (University of New Brunswick)

Between Nêhiyawîhckikêwin (Cree people) and Academia: Sîkîp Sâkahikanihk Âcimowina (Stories of Waterhen Lake) and the Making of a Community-Based Oral History Project.
Christine Fiddler (University of Saskatchewan) and Ian Mosby (Ryerson University).

Elimination, White Supremacy and “Indian TB” in Manitoba, 1930s-1970s.
Mary Jane McCallum and Erin Millions (University of Winnipeg)

15:00 – 15:30(CST) Break

15:30 – 17:00(CST) Panel: Eugenics, Reproductive Justice, and Legacies of Birth Control
Chair: Dr. Jan Gelech (University of Saskatchewan)

Conflicting Legacies: A.R. Kaufman – Eugenicist and Birth Control Pioneer.
Elizabeth Koester (University of Toronto)

Theorizing Reproductive Regimes: Eugenics and Public Policy in Contemporary Canada.
Alana Cattapan (University of Waterloo)

Women’s Health, Liberation, and the Legacy of Eugenics: Studying 1970s Birth Control Activism in Alberta.
Karissa Patton (University of Saskatchewan)

17:00 – 17:15(CST) Concluding Remarks


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