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FHHS Statement in Support of Black Lives Matter
Present-day anti-Black racism and racism in policing emerges from a history of American eugenics, scientific racism, and White-settler claims to authority over knowledge. As historians of the human sciences, we support Black Lives Matter and allies working to dismantle oppressive structures and practices rooted in White supremacy; and we condemn American police brutality. The Forum for the History of the Human Sciences commits to ensuring that both our knowledge as historians and our antiracist values as scholars align with our practices as an organization.
Report on FHHS at the HSS Virtual Meeting, October 10, 2020, “Dismantling White Supremacism,” an HSS Virtual Forum Open Discussion
The Forum for History of Human Science is a voluntary association of individuals interested in furthering scholarship in the history of human science.
It was established to promote research, education, and scholarship in the history of human science; to provide a forum for discussion; and to foster interest in the history of human science among scholars, scientists, students, and the public.
The Forum subscribes to a broad definition of human science that encompasses such disciplines as anthropology, economics, geography, history, linguistics, political science, psychiatry, psychology, sociology, and statistics, as well as aspects of the biological and physical sciences, medicine, education, law, and philosophy.
The Forum is an Interest Group formally affiliated with the History of Science Society (HSS), and it operates according to the provisions of the HSS By-laws. (Note, however, that members of FHHS are not required to be members of HSS.) FHHS is also one of three organizations currently affiliated with the Journal of the History of the Behavioral Sciences, with representatives serving on its editorial board.