5 September 2016, 19:30 – 7 September 2016, 17:00
GR06/07 Seminar Room, Faculty of English, 9 West Road, Cambridge, CB3 9DP
You can register for the conference here. Fees are £50 (full price) and £25 (student/unwaged). Fees include lunches and teas/coffees. Registration will close on Monday 29 August.
Jesse Olszynko-Gryn (University of Cambridge)
Caroline Rusterholz (University of Cambridge)
This two-day conference brings together historians, demographers and other social scientists from France and Britain working in the field of reproductive politics.
In recent decades, scholars have explored the politics of reproduction in the twentieth century from different national perspectives. It is now well established under what circumstances and with which purposes laws regulating reproduction have been implemented. More recently, individual reproductive behaviours have been made central to historical understandings of long-term demographic change. Richly detailed and contextualized studies are becoming commonplace in the field. These have generated new insights and complicating too the linear narrative of reproductive emancipation that has dominated since the 1970s. While much has been learned about the legal, social and intimate aspects of reproduction in France and Britain, less has been done to understand the differences and similarities between these two countries.
The programme begins with a screening of a period drama about abortion in Vichy France. It continues with six sessions reflecting the main productive themes in the field—from abortion, contraception and family planning to assisted reproduction, pregnancy and childbirth:
- IVF, media and reproductive work
- Prevention through reproductive technologies
- Pregnancy, government and activism
- Abortion, family planning and demography
- Pregnancy, surveillance and childbirth
- Contraception knowledge and public health
Sessions will identify similarities and differences between political, religious and medical contexts on both sides of the channel as well as leading actors and their networks. Presentations and discussions will explore how various aspects of reproduction are privately experienced, publicly debated, legally regulated and scientifically and medically managed.