Prof Paul Weindling is a Wellcome Trust Research Professor in the History of Medicine at Oxford Brookes University, and an internationally renowned expert on the history of eugenics, public health organizations, and twentieth century disease patterns. Paul Weindling’s research covers evolution and society, public health, and human experimentation post-1800. He has especial interests in eugenics, human experiments, corporate philanthropies like the Rockefeller Foundation, and medical refugees. Amongst his various projects, he is currently leading the AHRC funded research project into “Victims of Human Experiments under National Socialism” and member of the Work Group on the History of Race and Eugenics (HRE).
In his opening address to the conference on “Eugenics, Race and Psychiatry in the Baltic States: a Trans-National Perspective 1900-1945” (7/8 May, Goethe Institute Riga, Latvia), Paul Weindling introduces the themes and ambitions of various discourses on race and racial anthropology more widely, and discusses their relevance to the Baltic states and their ethnic composition in particular. Offering a fascinating insight into the general history of race and eugenics, Paul Weindling discusses the transformation from imperial dynasties to democracies and the intensification of anthropological research locally as well as internationally. During the First World War frequently anthropological traditions turned into biological determinism that although continuously criticized and challenged, nonethess gained great influence - and so too in the Baltics.
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