Next summer myself and Dr Ciara Meehan will be hosting a conference on the perceptions of pregnancy from the medieval period to the modern at the University of Hertfordshire.
Here is the call for papers and a link to the conference website:
Perceptions of Pregnancy: From the Medieval to the Modern
Organised by School of Humanities, University of Hertfordshire
16 – 18 July 2014
Professor Joanne Bailey
(Oxford Brooks University)
Dr Elaine Farrell
(Queen’s University Belfast)
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. We welcome papers considering 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.
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org) and Dr Ciara Meehan (email@example.com).
Updates will be added to http://perceptionsofpregnancy.wordpress.com/