Social Darwinism

Round Table

Social Darwinism is a “theory”, or rather a pre-theoretical construct, borrowing Darwin’s name and his (pre-)scientific concept. The theory established itself at a time when notions of fitness and biological rationalizations of inequality occupied the collective imagination. The mother of later eugenics theories (the origins of modern genetic engineering) attempts to scientifically legitimize capitalism and the unscrupulous laissez-faire market; it misapplies biological principles – the survival of the fittest and natural selection – to the social, political, and economic realms. Natural selection (as man’s destiny) readily justifies “artificial selection” – the elimination and modification of “undesirable” elements in the name of human domination par excellence. The panel will be moderated by Miha Zadnikar, activist, essayist, lecturer who has long been associated with the festival.

The discussion will be conducted in English, Slovene and BCS languages. Translation will be provided.

Organized by: City of Women
In collaboration with: Škuc Gallery

Date and time of event: 
Oct 16th 17:00
Place of event: 
Škuc Gallery
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