Reproduction Forum (CIRF) [2006-2014]

From 2006 to 2014

CRASSH, Seminar room SG1, Ground Floor (Afternoon sessions) and Centre for Family Research, Room 606 (Evening sessions). See programme for details


About

What is CIRF?
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 wished to create opportunities for productive interdisciplinarity. Our group has been active for more than 8 years and has expanded to include researchers from a wide range of faculties and departments.

CIRF aims to provide a forum in which researchers from all disciplines and backgrounds can come together to communicate and develop new ideas and form collaborations around a common interest in reproduction.

Our ethos is to share work and ideas in a mutually supportive and productive environment.

What do we mean by ‘reproduction’?
We take reproduction in its largest sense as concerning not only biomedical and local understandings of how reproduction occurs, but also the social, historical and literary context in which certain relationships are perceived and reproduced. Our scope thus includes a range of further themes such as biopolitics, bodies, relations, sexualities, reproductive technologies, as well as broad questions about the organization of health provision, the translatability of bioethics, the politics of knowledge, and issues surrounding personhood, autonomy and choice.
 

Theme
Our 2013-14 seminar and film series will focus on the theme ‘Communicating Reproduction’. We aim to facilitate interdisciplinary collaborations by critically engaging with norms and assumptions that influence how reproduction is constructed and communicated, both within academic institutions and in broader society. This year we will be inviting prominent speakers from a wide range of backgrounds, including artists, clinicians, sociologists, scientists, historians and novelists, to enrich our understanding of the many nuanced and multi-faceted aspects of reproduction and to expand our ability to communicate effectively across disciplinary boundaries.

 

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 (repro@hermes.cam.ac.uk)

Conveners

Conveners

Anija Dokter  (Co-ordinator, Faculty of Music)
Caroline Musgrove  (Speaker logistics, Faculty of Classics)
Katie Hammond  (Publicity, Department of Sociology)
Agnieszka Jedrusik  (Science collaboration, Gurdon Institute)
Leah Astbury  (Workshops, Department of History and Philosophy of Science)
Sooz Imrie  (Workshops, Department of Psychology)

Co-conveners

Fran Bigman  (Faculty of English)
Susanna Graham  (Centre for Family Research)
Zeynep Gürtin  (Founding Convener, Centre for Family Research)
Anne Hanley  (Department of History and Philosophy of Science)
Jesse Olszynko-Gryn  (Department of History and Philosophy of Science)
Robert Pralat  (Department of Sociology)
Sophie Zadeh (Centre for Family Research)
 

Faculty advisors

Professor Sarah Franklin  (Department of Sociology)
Professor Susan Golombok  (Director, Centre for Family Research)
Dr Nick Hopwood  (History and Philosophy of Science)
Professor Martin Johnson  (Department Physiology, Development and Neuroscience)
Professor Martin Richards  (Centre for Family Research)

Programme 2013-14

 

Reproduction Seminars
Screening: Rosemary’s Baby
14 October 2013, CRASSH, Seminar room * SG2, Ground floor

Discussion led by Anija Dokter, at CIRF NB The group will meet in room SG2* today

The Sexualisation of Childbirth
21 October 2013, Centre for Family Research (Free School Lane) Room 606

Helen Knowles (Birth Rites) and Samantha Lippett (Birth Rites) at CIRF. *Evening Session

Screening: Alfie (1966)
28 October 2013, CRASSH, Seminar room SG1, Ground floor

Discussion led by Fran Bigman, at CIRF

Send in the Clones?
04 November 2013, Centre for Family Research (Free School Lane) Room 606

Leslie Hall (UCL Centre for the History of Medicine) at CIRF. *Evening session.

Interdisciplinary Workshop on Reproduction (IWR9)
15 November 2013, CRASSH, Seminar room SG1, Ground Floor

9th Annual Interdisciplinary Workshop on Reproduction

Online Registration is now closed

Deadline was Fri 8 Nov at 7.00pm

Screening: The Switch (2010)
25 November 2013, CRASSH, Seminar room SG1, Ground floor

Discussion led by Sophie Zadeh at CIRF

One-sex, two-sex, them and us? Changing sex and challenging "Making Sex"
27 January 2014, Fac of Classics G.21 (Sidgwick Site) - Evening

Helen King (Open University), join even hosted by CIRF, Generation to Reproduction and the Classics Faculty (C caucus).

Film Screening: Alfie (1966) and discussion - CANCELLED
03 February 2014, CRASSH Seminar room SG1, Ground floor -Afternoon

Film and discussion at CIRF

CANCELLED (Praxis: Discusion on Clinical Experience) CIRF group.
10 February 2014,
Why Study 19th Century British Fish Culture as a Reproductive Technology?
17 February 2014, CRASSH Seminar room SG1, Ground floor -Afternoon

Rueben Message (LSE)

CANCELLED-IVF in Poetry and Childbirth in Literature
24 February 2014, Centre for Family Research Room 606 (Free School Lane) - Evening

Julia Copus (Poet, Arts Council Writers’ Award) at CIRF
 

Time Lapse Imagery of Embryos
03 March 2014, CRASSH Seminar room SG1, Ground floor -Afternoon

Lucy van Wiel  (Amsterdam School of Cultural Analysis)

Communicating Reproduction: What has Research Taught us about the Psycho- Social Implications
10 March 2014, Centre for Family Research Room 606 (Free School Lane) - Evening

Eric Blyth (Huddersfield) at CIRF

Fear of Childbirth: Who is afraid?
06 May 2014, Centre for Family Research Room 606 (Free School Lane) - Evening

Sheena Byrom (Royal College of Midwives Campaign for Normal Birth) at CIRF

Communicating Reproduction
19 May 2014, Centre for Family Research Room 606 (Free School Lane) - Evening

Tracey Sainsbury (London) at CIRF

Film: The Motherhood Archives (2013)
23 May 2014, CRASSH (SG1)

Irene Lusztig (Filmmaker, UCSC) at CIRF

Past events

 

Reproduction Seminars
Interdisciplinary Workshop on Reproduction: Day 3
16 November 2007, CRASSH, 17 Mill Lane
Bringing up baby: Parenting, expertise and the media
14 December 2007, CRASSH, 17 Mill Lane
CIRF Postgraduate Reading Group
15 January 2008, Snug Room, The Graduate Union, 17 Mill Lane or
The Embryography of Alice B Toklas: Professor Lynn Morgan
28 January 2008, Room 606, Centre for Family Research
CIRF Postgraduate Reading Group
28 January 2008, Snug Room, The Graduate Union, 17 Mill Lane or
CIRF Postgraduate Reading Group
04 February 2008, Snug Room, The Graduate Union, 17 Mill Lane or
CIRF Postgraduate Reading Group
11 February 2008, Snug Room, The Graduate Union, 17 Mill Lane or
CIRF Postgraduate Reading Group
18 February 2008, Snug Room, The Graduate Union, 17 Mill Lane or
CIRF Postgraduate Reading Group
25 February 2008, Snug Room, The Graduate Union, 17 Mill Lane or
CIRF Postgraduate Reading Group
10 March 2008, Snug Room, The Graduate Union, 17 Mill Lane or
Making Babies, Making War: Turkish Media on IVF
21 April 2008, Room 606 Centre for Family Research
Who were the British Eugenicists?
05 May 2008, Room 606, Centre for Family Research
CIRF – Our work in progress
16 May 2008, CRASSH
Political realism and British policies around fetal research and disposal
02 June 2008, Centre for Family Research, Room 606
The Need to Bleed?: A Feminist Technology Assessment of Menstrual-Suppressing Birth Control Pills
11 June 2008, Centre for Family Research, Room 606
Interdisciplinary Workshop on Reproduction - Day: 4
14 November 2008, CRASSH, 17 Mill Lane
Sex and Generation in Early Modern Medical and Astrological Casebooks
02 February 2009, CRASSH, 17 Mill Lane
Considering pubescent bodies: genes, biomedicine and the social
16 February 2009, CRASSH, 17 Mill Lane
Representations of Pregnancy and Birth in German Sex Education Books 1900s-1970s
02 March 2009, CRASSH, 17 Mill Lane
Gender and parenting culture: Intensive fatherhood?
03 April 2009, Dept of Social Anthropology, Free School Lane, New Museums Site
Pregnancy centre stage, please: Contesting the erasure of pregnant bodies from workplace space
18 May 2009, CRASSH, 17 Mill Lane
The Contradictions of Scientific Motherhood
08 June 2009, CRASSH, 17 Mill Lane
Darwin and the Descent of Emotionally Modern Man:
10 July 2009, Dept of Social Anthropology, Free School Lane, New Museums Site
Interdisciplinary Workshop on Reproduction 5 (CIRF)
30 October 2009, CRASSH 17 Mill Lane
Cambridge Interdisciplinary Reproduction Forum (CIRF)
10 November 2009, CRASSH 17 Mill Lane
Cambridge Interdisciplinary Reproduction Forum (CIRF)
24 November 2009, CRASSH 17 Mill Lane
Dr Andrew Wells: 'Race & Reproduction in Eighteenth-Century Britain'
15 February 2010, Dept History & Philosophy of Science, Free School Lane
Eugenics, Economics, Feminism
02 March 2010, CRASSH 17 Mill Lane
M like Mother: A Social Grammar of Assisted Reproduction in Iranian Infertility Clinics
27 April 2010, CRASSH, 17 Mill Lane, Cambridge
Negotiated Concept(ion)s: Narratives of Artificial Insemination, 1945-1960
11 May 2010, CRASSH, 17 Mill Lane, Cambridge
Anglo-Jewish Women and Obstetrics, 1730-1780
18 October 2010, CRASSH, 17 Mill Lane, Cambridge
Sarah Kelly (History, University of Cambridge)
Reproduction and Normality. Biopolitics of Control and Reproductive Agency in the Case of Thalassaemia
25 October 2010, Room 606, Centre for Family Research, Free School Lane, Cambridge
Dr Aglaia Chatjouli (INNOVIA Foundation, Athens, Greece), Discussant: Prof Sarah Franklin (BIOS, LSE) Venue: Centre for Family Research
A Life (Un)Worthy of Living: Reproductive Genetics in Israel and Germany
01 November 2010, CRASSH, 17 Mill Lane, Cambridge
Dr Yael Hashiloni-Dolev (Sociology, School of Government and Society, The Academic College of Tel-Aviv-Yaffo, Israel) Discussant: Prof Marcia Inhorn (Anthropology, Yale University)
Interdisciplinary Workshop on Reproduction 6
12 November 2010, Dept of History and Philosophy of Science, Free School Lane, Cambridge
Advance Online Registration required.
Secrecy vs. Disclosure: A Brief UK History of the Ethics of Conceiving Children Using Donor Insemination
15 November 2010, CRASSH, 17 Mill Lane, Cambridge
John Appleby (Centre for Family Research, University of Cambridge)
An Investigation of Women’s Experiences of an IVF Egg Sharing Scheme for Somatic Cell Nuclear Transfer Research.
29 November 2010, CRASSH, 17 Mill Lane, Cambridge
Professor Erica Haimes (Policy, Ethics and Life Sciences (PEALS) Research Centre, Newcastle) Discussant: Zeynep Gürtin-Broadbent (CFR, University of Cambridge)
“Reproductive Tourism”: Travelling for Conception and the Global ART Market
03 December 2010, CRASSH, 17 Mill Lane and Downing College
International Workshop
Women's Experiences of the Maternity Services in Oxfordshire and Berkshire, c. 1970-1990
31 January 2011, CRASSH, 17 Mill Lane, Cambridge
Dr Angela Davis (Centre for the History of Medicine, The University of Warwick) -Evening seminar.
Oops, I forgot to have a baby!
10 February 2011, Addenbrooke's Clinical School, Lecture Theatre 2
NB: Venue, Addenbrooke's Clinical School, Lecture Theatre 2 at 6.00pm
Single Mothers by Choice - Their Ethical Moment
14 February 2011, CRASSH, 17 Mill Lane, Cambridge
Susanna Graham (Centre for Family Research, University of Cambridge)
Many Women, Many Words': Sources for the History of Early Modern Reproduction
28 February 2011, CRASSH, 17 Mill Lane, Cambridge
Dr Laura Gowing (History, King’s College, London). - Evening seminar.
In the Shadow of the Clone: Race in Kazuo Ishiguro’s Never Let Me Go
14 March 2011, CRASSH, 17 Mill Lane, Cambridge
Josie Gill (English, University of Cambridge)
A History of Pregnancy Testing in Britain, 1920 to 1970
09 May 2011, CRASSH, 17 Mill Lane, Cambridge
Jesse Olszynko-Gryn (History and Philosophy of Science)
Social Science Fiction of the Gene: Towards an Ethics of Non-autonomous Life
17 May 2011, Room 606, Centre for Family Research, Free School Lane
Prof Stuart Murray (Ryerson University and University of Toronto) NB: Venue, Centre Family Research at 12.30
Cambridge Interdisciplinary Reproduction Forum (CIRF)
06 June 2011, CRASSH, 17 Mill Lane, Cambridge
End of year Committee Meeting
Discussion group-CIRF
10 October 2011, CRASSH, 17 Mill Lane, Cambridge
Afternoon session 1-2pm
A Guided Tour of the UL Exhibition 'Books and Babies'
17 October 2011, Book and Babies Exhibition, Cambridge University Library
Francis Neary (HPS). Evening seminar
Discussion group-CIRF
07 November 2011, CRASSH, 17 Mill Lane, Cambridge
Afternoon session 1-2pm
Interdisciplinary Workshop on Reproduction 7
18 November 2011, CRASSH, 17 Mill Lane, Cambridge
This workshop, the seventh in a successful series, aims to promote communication and exchange among people working on various aspects of reproduction.
'Angel Babies' and 'Phantom Fathers'
28 November 2011, Centre for Family Research, Room 606
Professor Linda Layne (Department of Science and Technology Studies at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, NY). Evening seminar
Representing IVF: Gina Glover's 'Art of A.R.T.'
23 January 2012, Centre for Family Research, Room 606
Professor Sarah Franklin (Dept of Sociology, Cambridge). Evening Seminar
The Rhetoric of Selfishness and Selflessness: Moral Judgments about Family Formation, Practices and Dissolution.
06 February 2012, CRASSH, Seminar room SG2 (Ground Floor)
Afternoon session.
The Gay and Lesbian Coparenting Projects: Between Changes and Continuities
20 February 2012, Centre for Family Research, Room 606
Dr Cathy Herbrand (BIOS, LSE). Evening seminar, CFR
Ontological Choreography and Ethical Choreography: A Conversation with Charis Thompson
29 February 2012, Centre for Family Research, Room 606
C Thompson (UV Berkeley). The workshop will be dedicated to an in-depth discussion of two pre-circulated papers. Places are limited, book by email please.
Transnational ARTs and Reproductive Tourism
29 February 2012, Seminar Room, Sociology Dept, Free School Lane
Charis Thompson. Evening Seminar. NB: Seminar Room, Sociology Dept, Free School Lane
'In Pursuit of a Wicked Trade': The Practices and Politics of the Backstreet Abortionist, 1900-1967
05 March 2012, Centre for Family Research, Room 606
Dr Emma Jones (University of Manchester). Evening Seminar
Discussion group-CIRF/ CANCELLED
12 March 2012, CRASSH
Afternoon session. CANCELLED
Transforming Pregnancy Since 1900
29 March 2012, HPS
Conference-CIRF Venue: HPS
What is a Surrogate Mother?
30 April 2012, Centre for Family Research, Room 606
Professor Rachel Bowlby (Department of English, UCL). CIRF Evening Seminar
Discussion group-CIRF
14 May 2012, CRASSH
Afternoon session
Interdisciplinary Workshop on the Rhetoric of Selfishness/Selflessness
21 June 2012, CRASSH, Seminar room SG1, Ground floor
Online registration is now closed
Militant Lactivism? Accounting for Infant Feeding
22 October 2012, CRASSH, Seminar room SG1, Ground floor
Charlotte Faircloth (Leverhulme Trust Early Career Fellow at the University of Kent). Evening session.
The Time of the Change: Oocyte Cryopreservation, Ageing and the Cultural History of Menopause’s Medicalisation
05 November 2012, Room 606, Centre for Family Research, Free School Lane

Lucy van de Wiel (Amsterdam School of Cultural Analysis, University of Amsterdam) Evening session. * Please note venue change: Room 606, CFR

Interdisciplinary Workshop on Reproduction 8
23 November 2012, CRASSH, Seminar room SG1, Ground floor
Part of the CIRF series.
Cancelled-Fertility Counselling: Looking at Loss, Addressing the Myths and Embracing the Future
21 January 2013, CRASSH, Seminar room SG2, Ground floor
Tracey Sainsbury (Fertility counsellor at the London Women's Clinic) *Evening session. NB: *Room SG2 today
Exploring the Changing Landscape of Reproductive Ethics
28 January 2013, CRASSH, Seminar room SG2, Ground floor

Introduced and moderated by John Appleby (CFR). *Afternoon Session.

'(re)Framing Works of ART:The Case of FINRRAGE', 'Pregnancy and Privacy in Postwar US fiction,' and 'The Disruptive Body of the Disabled Child'
04 February 2013, CRASSH, Seminar room SG1, Ground floor
Stevienna de Saille (Leeds), Sophie Jones (Birkbeck), Harriet Cooper (Birkbeck). *Evening session
Like Juggling on a Rollercoaster? Gains, Loss and Uncertainties in IVF Patients’ Accounts of Volunteering for a UK ‘Egg Sharing for Research’ Scheme
11 February 2013, Seminar room, Dept of Sociology, Free School Lane
Erica Haimes (Professorial Fellow in PEALS (Policy, Ethics and Life Sciences) Research Centre, Newcastle University) *Evening session. NB Venue: Seminar room, Sociology, Free School Lane
The Ethics of Treating Congenital Syphilis, 1870-1913
11 February 2013, CRASSH, Seminar room SG2, Ground floor
Introduced and moderated by Anne Hanley (HPS ). *Afternoon session
The Ethics of Late-Term Abortion post - 1990
25 February 2013, CRASSH, Seminar room SG2, Ground Floor
Introduced and moderated by Fran Bigman (Fac of English) *Afternoon session
The Ethics of Adoption in the 21st Century
04 March 2013, NB venue*:Tea room, Dept of Sociology, Free School Lane
Introduced and moderated by Robert Pralat (Dept of Sociology) *Afternoon session. NB venue*:Tea room, Dept of Sociology, Free School Lane
Birth Rites: Youtube Portraits - Birth Videos and the Visual Representation of Childbirth
04 March 2013, CRASSH, Seminar room SG1, Ground floor
Helen Knowles (Artist and Curator of a collection of art about childbirth) *Evening session.
The Good, the True and the Beautiful – a Film about Scientific Imaging
18 March 2013, CRASSH, Seminar room SG2, Ground floor

Presented by Dr Manuela Perrotta (Visiting Fellow at Dept of Sociology, Cambridge/Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Norway). This is a joint CIRF and ReproSoc event.

Personal Life and Genetic Relatedness
29 April 2013, CRASSH, Seminar room S1, First floor* (only today)

Professor Carol Smart (Sociology, University of Manchester) *Evening session. NB Venue S1, 1st Floor* only today

Conditional embryo donation: legal, moral and social spaces
13 May 2013, CRASSH, Seminar room SG1, Ground floor

Lucy Frith (Senior Lecturer in Bioethics and Social Science, Liverpool). *Evening session

Brainstorming session-Committee Meeting-CIRF
20 May 2013, CRASSH, Seminar room SG2, Ground floor

*Afternoon session.

Where are all the Infertile Men? A Sociological Look at Male Infertility and Masculinity
28 May 2013, CRASSH, Seminar room SG2, Ground floor

Liberty Barnes (Research Associate from the Faculty of Sociology, Cambridge). *Evening Session. NB The group is meeting on Tuesday*

Committee Meeting- CIRF
03 June 2013, CRASSH, Seminar room SG2, Ground floor

*Afternoon session.

Revisiting Interspecies Reproduction: Xenogenic Desire and the Feminist Implications of Hybrids
10 June 2013, CRASSH, Seminar room SG1, Ground floor

Prof Susan Squier (Director of the Science, Medicine, and Technology in Culture Programme at Pennsylvania State University). *Evening session