Interdisciplinary Workshop on Reproduction 8

23 November 2012, 09:00 - 19:00

CRASSH, Seminar room SG1, Ground floor




CIRF’s Interdisciplinary Workshop on Reproduction is about showcasing research related to reproduction that is taking place at the University of Cambridge. This year, our eighth, we have a great selection of speakers coming from a number of different disciplines, such as Sociology, Classics, Law, English, and Psychology. The Interdisciplinary Workshop on Reproduction gives both speakers and members of the audience the opportunity to make interdisciplinary research connections, to share ideas, and to begin new collaborations.


The idea for CIRF grew from the conversations of a group of graduate students and faculty from various departments, including HPS, the Centre for Family Research, Social Anthropology, and SPS, who wish to create opportunities for productive interdisciplinarity. All Cambridge researchers are welcome to join CIRF, to attend our events, and to suggest new developments and activities. Whether you just want to join our email list, or whether you wish to get more involved with the initiation and organisation of reproduction related events, we would love to hear from you. 
Get in touch at:
The image for this year's IWR poster ("Conception", Helen Knowles & Francesca Granato, 2008, Screenprinted Wallpaper) 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 at
(CRASSH is not responsible for the content of external internet sites)


Organised by the Cambridge Interdisciplinary Reproduction Forum with support from CRASSH, the Generation to Reproduction programme through a Wellcome Trust strategic award in the history of medicine, the Department of Sociology, and the Centre for Family Research. 



Friday 23 November 2012


9.00 - 9.20


9.20 -9.30

Welcome and Introductions

9.30 - 10.00

Chair: Anne Hanley (History)

Robert Pralat (Sociology)
Navigating the landscape of new reproductive possibilities: What do lesbians and gay men make of ‘being able’ to have children in 21st century Britain?


10.00 - 10.30

Samantha Godwin (Law)
Against the moral relevance of biological family relations

10.30 - 11.00

Rebecca Flemming  (Classics)
Wombs for the Gods

11.00 - 11.30

Tea/Coffee Break

11.30 - 12.00

Chair: John Forrester (HPS)

Martin Richards (Centre for Family Research)
Regulating artificial insemination by donor, 1940 -1990

12.00 - 12.30

Johanna Gonçalves Martín (Social Anthropology)
Intersecting reproductions: The Yanomami people in Venezuela
12.30 - 13.00 Caroline Musgrove  (Classics)
Gynaecology and the Creation of the Holy: Midwives in early christian texts

13.00 - 14.00

Lunch Break


14.00 - 14.30

Chair: Jenny Bavidge (English, Institute for Continuing Education)

Laura Tisdall  (History)
‘I was much more sympathetic, knowing what they’d been through’; The Second World War and teachers’ changing conceptualisations of childhood in England, 1939-45

14.30 - 15.00

Christina Benninghaus  (HPS)
Burning desires and unprecedented options. Infertility, illegitimacy and the rise of organised adoption, Germany 1900-1937

15.00 - 15.30 Trudi Tate  (English)
King Baby: Ideas of infant care at the end of the First World War

15.30 - 16.00

Tea/Coffee Break

16.00 - 16.30 SESSION 4
Chair: Helen Anne Curry (HPS)

Irenee Daly  (Centre for Family Research) 
What women think about egg freezing
16.30 - 17.00 Helena Rubinstein (Psychology)
The social construction of menopause: from deficiency disease to confusion?
17.00 - 17.30 Sophie Zadeh (Centre for Family Research)
Ambivalent identities of single women using sperm donation

 17.30 - 18.00

Closing remarks,


18.15 Wine Reception to celebrate the workshop as well as the launch of the new 'ReproSoc' website based in the Department of Sociology and the IVF History project, a British Academy kitemarked project