Medical History Library, Yale University, 333 Cedar Street
We want to unpack the deep entanglements of science, medicine, and racial violence. The conference will feature presentations by historians, health professionals, scientists and activists, and opportunities for discussion and response. Our goal is to turn these interrogations into actions: sharing ideas, creating dialogue and generating strategies for using scholarship as activism. It is our hope that “Critical Histories, Activist Futures” will not just be a forum for looking at past injustices, but will provide a blueprint for confronting present and future ones.
The History, Science, and Justice Collective is a student-led initiative dedicated to building interdisciplinary coalitions at Yale and beyond to address issues of social justice. Our strategy is two-pronged: first, to build diversity and representation within the academy, and, second, to foster the historical study of the intersection of science and justice. Science and medicine wield extraordinary cultural power, and our work aims to explore how their authority has affected the economic, political, and social rights of individuals. We believe history can be a resource for engaging in the present and for imagining more just futures.
“Critical Histories, Activist Futures: Science, Medicine, and Racial Violence” is generously supported by the Dean’s Fund for Research Workshops, Seminars and Colloquia; the Office for Graduate Student Development and Diversity; the Program in the History of Science and Medicine; the Franke Program in the Humanities; and the Office of the FAS Dean and the Deputy Dean for Diversity and Faculty Development.