Making love, making gender, making babies in the 1950s, 1960s and 1970s

6 September 2013 - 7 September 2013

CRASSH, Alison Richard Building, 7 West Road, Cambridge CB3 9DT

Registration online via the link at the top right hand side of this page
Conference fee:
£60 (full); £30 (student) - includes lunch, tea/coffee and drinks reception
Deadline:
Wednesday 4 September 2013

Convener

John Forrester (History and Philosophy of Science)

Conference Summary

By the end of the twentieth century, a combination of profound social changes and major techno-scientific innovations had reorganized ‘the sexual field’ into three separate systems. The early twentieth century distinction between sexual pleasure and reproduction was supplemented by one between biological ‘sex’ and social ‘gender’, in which the figures of ‘the transsexual’ and ‘transgender’ were central, with the category of ‘gender’ eventually peeling off to have an entirely different historical destiny. While the phrase ‘Sexual Revolution’ once evoked changes in sexual mores and contraceptive practices of the 1960s and after, this ‘revolution’ may have been part of a larger reconfiguration of the pleasure-, gender- and reproductive-systems – the last of which became an autonomous medical industry assisting reproduction by the end of the century. This conference will allow a comparison of the political and ethical debates over medical and cultural innovations in ‘sex’, ‘gender’ and ‘reproduction’ over the period 1950-1970. 

Sponsors

Supported by the Centre for Research in the Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences (CRASSH),  University of Cambridge.

 

Accommodation for non-paper giving delegates

We are unable to arrange accommodation, however, the following websites may be of help.

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NB. CRASSH is not able to help with the booking of accommodation.

 

Administrative assistance: conferences@crassh.cam.ac.uk

Poster image: Bender / Urban Vex © The Trustees of the British Museum 

Programme

Location : SG1&2, Alison Richard Building

Date: 6 & 7 September 2013

Friday 6 September

 

9.00 - 9.15

Registration

9.15 - 9.30

Welcome and Introduction

9.30 - 11.00

SESSION 1: MAKING LOVE

  • Dagmar Herzog (City University of New York): The Trouble with "Sex": Radicalism, Couples Therapy, and Psychoanalysis in 1960s-1970s West Germany

11.00 - 11.30 

Coffee break

11.30 - 13.00 

  • Gert Hekma (University of Amsterdam): How New Ideals of Equality Impacted on the Sex and Love Life of Queer and Straight from the 1950s on

    13.00 - 14.00

    Lunch

    14.00 - 15.30

    SESSION 2: MAKING GENDER

    • Richard Green (Imperial College London): How Gender Changed

    15.30 - 16.00

    Coffee break

    16.00 - 17.30

    • Ilana Löwy (Centre de Recherche Medicine CNRS): From "Infantilism" to "Inborn Criminal Tendencies": The History of Sex Chromosomes Aneuploidies

    17.30 - 18.15

    Concluding Remarks

    18.15 - 19.15

    Drinks Reception

     


     

    Saturday 7 September

     

    9.30 - 11.00

    SESSION 3: MAKING BABIES

    • Naomi Pfeffer (University College London): Making Babies (and Money) out of Human Waste

    11.00 - 11.30

    Coffee break

    11.30- 13.00

    • Lisa Downing (University of Birmingham): Loving Life: From Fromm's Biophilia to Money's Normophilia

    13.00 - 14.00

    Lunch 

    14.00 - 15.30 

    SESSION 4: MAKING SENSE

    • Joanna Bourke (Birkbeck University of London): Childbirth and Modes of "Making" in the 1950s

    15.30 - 16.00 

    Tea 

    16.00 - 17.00

    Round Table

    17.00 - 17.15

    Concluding remarks

    17.15

    Close