29 Jun 2017 - 30 Jun 2017 All day Alison Richard Building, 7 West Road, Cambridge, CB3 9DT


Please note that this event is primarily a closed workshop. The keynote lecture by Dr. Carrie Friese will, however, be open to all free of charge. 

Dr. Friese's lecture will be on the subject of 'Reproducing the Environment in the Zoo, the Lab and Clinic'.



Katharine Dow (University of Cambridge)

Janelle Lamoreaux (University of Arizona)



The ability to reproduce successfully is integral to concerns about the environment and species survival. Drawing on interdisciplinary qualitative research, this workshop will examine the questions climate change and other environmental issues raise about the conditions of possibility for reproducing human and non-human lives in the present and future. Through empirical examples from diverse locations across the world, participants will analyse how people live with these challenges and what kinds of answers they envisage, whether political, social, economic, legal, ethical or technological.

This workshop is a vital part of a collaborative project that is bringing scholars from a range of disciplines together to share cutting-edge research on intersections between reproduction and the environment. The themes that it will explore include:

  • the use and effects of technologies, both to mitigate the effects of climate change and to facilitate reproduction (of humans, animals and plants)
  • concerns about (bio)diversity in a changing climate
  • environmental justice and the unequal effects of environmental risks
  • the salience of time, inheritance and ideas about the future to both environmental campaigning and the politics of reproduction
  • how ideas about reproduction, gender and sexuality are themselves reproduced through environmental sciences and activisms.

Today, people across the globe are concerned about (in)fertility in humans and other species and they are worried about our changing climate and the effects of environmental pollutants and toxins on their families’ lives and health. This workshop and the edited collection that will be produced from it will examine how these dual concerns are intertwined in different contexts and consider whether paying attention to these connections will help us better understand and tackle contemporary reproductive and environmental challenges.

We are delighted to welcome Dr Carrie Friese (London School of Economics), who will be giving the keynote lecture.




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


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