2.3 En-Gender Conversations – “Eugenics in history & literature”


In this episode we welcome Fatima Borrmann, Amy Carney and Sean Scally to talk about the challenging but fascinating topic of eugenics and gender in history and literature.

The three of them also had to reply to our special surprise question and these are their answers:

Fatima:
Rose Macaulay’s What Not (1918)

Amy:
Aldous Huxle’s Brave New World (1932)

Sean:
Oxford Handbook on the History of Eugenics
and wants to also add: Mikhail Bulgakov’s The Heart of a Dog (1925)

Fatima Borrmann is a Phd researcher at KU Leuven; she did her MA in English Literature at the Ruhr Universität Bochum, her research project is part of the MDRN research lab’s “Literary Knowledge (1890-1950): Modernisms and the Sciences in Europe” project. The “Eugenic Women” subproject researches literature by German and British female authors who engaged in the widespread debate on eugenic science during the late 19th and early 20th century. She has published on medicine, eugenics and motherhood in the works of Sarah Grand, Mona Caird, Helene Böhlau and Maria Eichhorn.

Amy Carney is an Associate Professor of History at Penn State Behrend. Her first book, Marriage and Fatherhood in the Nazi SS, examines how SS leaders selectively utilized eugenics to encourage their men to get married and have children. These families were to serve as the new racial elite of the Third Reich. Her current research focuses on the lives of two Jewish families who emigrated from Germany in the late 1930s. Amy is also a co-editor at H-Eugenics

Sean Scally is a PhD candidate in transnational comparative history at Central Michigan University. He is currently completing a PhD dissertation that examines the intersections of masculinity and eugenics in Britain and the United States during the late 19th and early 20th century. Sean is also a co-editor of H-Eugenics.

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