Message posted on 29/11/2023

CANCELLED Invited Talk Prof Jenny Reardon (TUM Global Ambassador)

Dear colleagues, students & friends,

Unfortunately, Prof Jenny Reardon’s talk planned for Dec 01 (see below) has to be cancelled due to illness. We apologise for any inconvenience.

All best,

Georgia

-- Dr. phil. Georgia Samaras Research Associate | Lecturer (Akademische Rätin) Master’s RESET (Responsibility in Science, Engineering, and Technology) georgia.samaras@tum.de | +49 89 289 29220 (she/her)

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Von: "school.office@sot.tum.de [TUS7OTS]" Datum: Montag, 27. November 2023 um 13:58 An: "members.sot@sot.tum.de [TUS7000]" Betreff: Einladung/ Invited Talk Prof Jenny Reardon (TUM Global Ambassador)

Dear colleagues, students & friends,

we would like to extend you a cordial invitation to an invited talk by Prof Jenny Reardon – a Professor of Sociology and the Founding Director of the Science and Justice Center at the University of California, Santa Cruz, recently appointed TUM Global Ambassador.

Prof. Jenny Reardon on Constructing ‘Anti-Racist’ Authoritarian Science, 1950-Present

Friday, 1st of December 2023 at 12:00-14:00 Location: Arcisstr. 21, 1200 Carl-von-Linde-Hörsaal (0502.01.200)

Talk Abstract

How did proponents of theories of racial hygiene under the National Socialist regime in Germany come to serve as experts who drafted and commented on the UNESCO Statements on Race? For nearly seventy-five years, these Statements have served as paradigmatic reference points for scholars and activists who have sought to argue that the concept of race has no meaningful basis in biology, and that all are human, deserving of fundamental rights. What sense can be made of this troubling puzzle that lies at the heart of their drafting? The answer, I argue, lies in unraveling how during the early years of the Cold War, scientists, political leaders and bureaucrats forged an understanding of ‘science’ as a moral force of ‘truth’ that could undergird liberal democracies and oppose ideologies of racism and Communism. This talk documents how Cold War constructions of science and science policy worked to rehabilitate the moral status of geneticists and physical anthropologists who supported the eugenics and sterilization policies of the National Socialist regime, but who after WWII opposed Lysenkoist theories of genetics propagated by the Soviet Communist Party. I conclude by considering how this episode can help shed light on the current moment in which many once again attempt to mobilize ‘science’ as an anti-racist, anti-authoritarian force. How far have liberal democracies moved from a Cold War politics of science and truth that fosters racism even as it claims to be anti-racist?

Feel free to circulate this invitation to interested colleagues, friends, and students. We are looking forward to seeing you there!

This talk is organized by the Chair for Science and Technology Policy, TUM School of Social Sciences and Technology, Department of Science, Technology & Society

Information for parents* with caring responsibilities: The TUM School of Social Sciences and Technology has set up a children’s room (“Kinderzimmer”) which can be used flexibly by staff and students with children. This measure supports the compatibility of work and family in a special way. Please visit the homepage for more information: https://www.edu.sot.tum.de/en/edu/department/gender-equality-office/family/

Best, The Science and Technology Policy Team


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