15 Nov 2013 9:30am - 5:30pm CRASSH, Seminar room SG1, Ground Floor


Limited places,  Online registration is now closed
Deadline to Register Online was: Friday 8 November at 7.00pm
Student fee £10.00
Full fee £12.00


CIRF’s 9th annual Interdisciplinary Workshop on Reproduction will focus on the theme ‘Communicating Reproduction’, with the aim of considering how reproduction is constructed and communicated within academic institutions and broader society. The workshop will explore this theme and promote contact and exchange among researchers working on various aspects of reproduction in different disciplines. The purpose of the workshop is to provide opportunities for productive interdisciplinary discussion and evaluation, and give speakers and audience members the opportunity to make interdisciplinary research connections, to share ideas, and to begin new collaborations.

Open to all, but places are limited. Please book online.

Fee include lunch, refreshments, and conference material.

Cambridge Interdisciplinary Reproduction Forum


9.00 - 9.20


9.20 - 9.30

Welcome and Introduction

9.30 - 10.00

Chair: Nick Hopwood (HPS, University of Cambridge)

Lucy van de Wiel (Amsterdam School of Cultural Analysis, University of Amsterdam)
Ageing in the egg: A visual analysis of oocyte cryopreservation and time-lapse embryo imaging

10.00 - 10.30

Anija Dokter (Music, University of Cambridge)
Sound and Childbearing: realities and imaginaries

10.30 - 11.00

Rebecca Baillie (Artists and Curator, Visual Library, MaMSIE)
Pictures speak louder than words: Considering the role of childless mothers in the successful communication of reproduction

11.00 - 11.30

Tea/Coffee Break

11.30 - 12.00

Chair: Sarah Franklin (Sociology, University of Cambridge)

Madeleine Hale (Gender Studies, Utrecht University & University of California, Berkeley)
What’s sex got to do with it? The Supreme Court confronts abortion and sexual citizenship

12.00 - 12.30

Liberty Barnes (Sociology, University of Cambridge) and
Jasmine Fledderjohann (Sociology, University of Oxford)
Failing to communicate reproductive failure: The politics of infertility, visibility, gender, race and ethnicity

12.30 - 13.00

Ruth Cain (Law, University of Kent)
Abject fatherhood in the media: Regulatory narratives of masculine social reproduction, shame and class in the Mick Philpott case

13.00 - 13.45

Lunch Break

13.45 - 14.15

Chair: Martin Richards (Centre for Family Research, University of Cambridge)

Lucy Blake (Centre for Family Research, University of Cambridge)
“Daddy ran out of tadpoles”: family communication about sperm donation and egg donation

14.15 - 14.45

Giulia Zanini (Social and Political Sciences, European University Institute)
The story of one's history: Fairy tales and microscopic images for Italian donor-conceived children and their parents

14.45 - 15.15

Jennifer Jordan (Education, University of Cambridge)
Moral agency of young mothers

15.15 - 15.45

Tea/Coffee Break

15.45 - 16.15

Chair: Anija Doktor (Music, University of Cambridge)

Margaret Carlyle (HPS, University of Cambridge)
Communicating through hardware: Obstetrical manikins and midwifery teaching in Enlightenment France

16.15 - 16.45

Katie Fitzpatrick (Biological Anthropology, University of Cambridge)
The meaning(s) of menstruation

16.45 - 17.15

Agné Matulaite (Vilnius University)
“Dressed I am fine, naked I am not”: Phenomenological research as a tool to communicate the embodied transformation to motherhood

17.15 - 18.00

Closing remarks

18.00 - 19.00

Drinks reception

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