Call for Papers | Perceptions of Pregnancy

Posted in Calls for Papers by Editor on October 22, 2013

From the conference website:

Perceptions of Pregnancy: From the Medieval to the Modern
University of Hertfordshire, 16 – 18 July 2014

Proposals due by 1 February 2014

This three-day conference aims to bring together scholars working across a range of  disciplines, time periods and global perspectives to examine perceptions of pregnancy throughout history. Papers are welcomed on a range of issues, including, but not limited to:

· Pregnancy, including the pregnant body and the experience of pregnancy
· Unlawful pregnancy, including rape, incest and sexual abuse
· Fertility and infertility, including IVF, miscarriage and still-birth
· Abortion and contraception, including pro-life and pro-choice debate
· Parenthood, single parenthood, and infanticide

Potential themes for discussion are:

· Magic, ritual and religion
· Technology and medicine
· Gender, including male involvement and experiences
· Government policy and politics
· Work life, domesticity and childcare

The keynote speakers will be Professor Joanne Bailey (Oxford Brooks Univeristy) and Dr Elaine Farrell (Queen’s University Belfast). 300-word proposals for twenty-minute papers should be sent to the conference organisers by 1 February 2014. We welcome postgraduate papers. Informal enquiries can be directed to Dr Jennifer Evans (j.evans5@herts.ac.uk) and Dr Ciara Meehan (c.meehan2@herts.ac.uk).

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