Interdisciplinary Workshop on Reproduction 7

18 November 2011, 09:00 - 18:00

CRASSH, 17 Mill Lane, Cambridge

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John Appleby (Centre for Family Research)
Susanna Graham (Centre for Family Research)
Jesse Olszynko-Gryn (History and Philosophy of Science)
Natasha Theodosiou (Clinical Medicine) 

Workshop Summary

This workshop, the seventh in a successful series, aims to promote communication and exchange among people in Cambridge working on various aspects of reproduction. For full details, please click the link to the programme on the right hand side of this page. For further information, please email


Organised by the Cambridge Interdisciplinary Reproduction Forum with support from CRASSH and a Wellcome Strategic Award in History of Medicine to the Department of History and Philosophy of Science.




The image for this year's IWR poster ("Private View", Liv Pennington, 2006, Digital C type on Aluminium, 80 x 76 cm) is provided by the Birth Rites Collection. A unique collection of contemporary artwork about childbirth, The BRC is housed between the Royal College of Gynaecologists and Obstetricians in London and Salford University Midwifery Department. For more information please visit their website here ( )

(CRASSH is not responsible for the content of external internet sites)




Accommodation for non-paper giving delegates

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

Visit Cambridge
Cambridge Rooms
University of Cambridge accommodation webpage

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


Administrative assistance: E Lamb (Graduate/ Faculty Programme Manager, CRASSH)

9.00 -9.20


9.20 -9.30

Welcome and Introductions

9.30 - 10.00

Session 1
Chair: Richard Smith (Geography)

Romola Davenport (Geography)
Reproduction in the city: the revolution in infant survival in eighteenth century London

10.00 - 10.30 

Anne R Hanley (History)
Venereal conundrums: medical and social knowledge of venereal disease in late-Victorian and Edwardian England


10.30 - 11.00 

Salim Al-Gailani (HPS)
Maternal nutrition and the medicalization of pregnancy in late twentieth-century Britain 

11.00 - 11.30

Tea/Coffee Break

11.30 - 12.00

Session 2
Chair: John Appleby (CFR)

Karin Ekholm (HPS)
"Why we begin with the hen's egg": investigations of animal generation, 1600-1650

12.00 - 12.30

Peter Jones (King's) and
Lea Olsan (University of Louisiana at Monroe)

Charms and amulets for conception and childbirth

12.30 - 13.00

Sarah Jennings (CFR)
Children's voices: the perspectives of children and young adults with lesbian and gay parents  

13.00 - 14.00

Lunch Break

14.00 - 14.30

Session 3
Chair: John Forrester (HPS)

Fran Bigman (English)
The shattered mould: abortion and class in 1930s rhetoric and fiction

14.30 - 15.00 

Jesse Olszynko-Gryn (HPS)
Pregnancy test pills as camouflaged abortifacients in the 1960s

15.00 - 15.30

Tea/Coffee Break

15.30 - 16.00

Session 4
Chair: Nick Hopwood (HPS)

Ramona Braun (HPS)
Endoscopic alternatives for female fertilisation and sterilisation in the 1960s

16.00 - 16.30

Susan Imrie (CFR)
An investigation into the impact of surrogacy on the children of surrogate mothers


Closing remarks

Drinks reception