In the archives: Social Biology and Eugenics at LSE
Oct 3 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

An exploration of why a social biology department was set up at LSE, the influence of and reaction to eugenic ideas through archive documents from the 1920s and 30s.

Curator Indy Bhullar and Learning Officer Debbie Challis will be on hand to explain the history of the documents, their context and hear thoughts on them.

This is part of Decolonising the LSE Week, which is organised by staff and students.

In the Archives: Eduard Rosenbaum, emigre and librarian
Oct 17 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
In the Archives: Eduard Rosenbaum, emigre and librarian @ LSE Library

Graham Camfield, former LSE Librarian and historian, introduces Eduard Rosenbaum who was supported by the Academic Assistance Council to leave Nazi Germany. Rosenbaum spent his career at LSE Library and shaped its collections.

Eduard Rosenbaum was “an economist of standing and a scholar fully conversant with the economic and social literature of at least five European countries” and had been Director of the Library of the Hamburg Chamber of Commerce before he was forced out of his post.

William Beveridge and Social Biology at LSE
Nov 5 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
William Beveridge and Social Biology at LSE @ Wolfson Lecture Theatre, New Academic Building LSE

Chris Renwick (University of York) will speak on the history of sociology in Britain and why William Beveridge was interested in the role of biology within social science in the 1920s and 30s.

Dr Renwick’s first book, British Sociology’s Lost Biological Roots: A History of Futures Past(2012), recovered the forgotten history of British sociologists’ engagement with biology during the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. He is currently exploring how biologists and social scientists were brought together by a shared interest in topics such as intelligence, fertility, nutrition, and poverty, as well as funding bodies such as the Rockefeller Foundation, in a set of debates about the nature of society and social structure.

Chris Renwick is a historian of Britain since the early nineteenth century. His main area of expertise is the relationship between biology, social science, and politics, in particular how the interaction of the three has shaped the way we think about, study, and govern society. His work on these subjects has received international and interdisciplinary recognition. While his first book was shortlisted for the British Sociological Association’s Philip Abrams Memorial Prize in 2013, his most recent book, Bread for All: The Origins of the Welfare State, has been long listed for the Orwell Book Prize and short listed for the Longman-History Today Book Prize in 2018.

Professor Mike Savage is Martin White Professor at the Department of Sociology and Director of International Inequalities Institute, LSE.