Pregnancy, Childbearing, and Infant Care: Historical Perspectives from Slave and Non-Slave Societies

Pregnancy, Childbearing, and Infant Care: Historical Perspectives from Slave and Non-Slave Societies

8-9 April 2015

Newcastle University, Armstrong Building 2.50

We are delighted to announce that Newcastle University is hosting this conference as the first of three international symposia that form the foundation of the AHRC Research Network ‘Mothering Slaves: Comparative Perspectives on Motherhood, Childlessness, and the Care of Children in Atlantic Slave Societies.’

This two-day symposium will bring together historians of enslaved women researching motherhood, the care of children, and childlessness with other historians who have explored these issues within non-slave societies. To facilitate in-depth comparison, particular attention will be paid to the history of breastfeeding and wetnursing in slave and non-slave societies. Drawing together leading scholars who are investigating the lives of enslaved women in Brazil, the United States, and the Caribbean, this conference will pay particular attention to how enslaved motherhood worked across Atlantic slave societies and other non-slave societies, and to draw out points of similarity and difference. In doing so, this international conference seeks to encourage new ways of thinking about enslaved women in the Atlantic world.

For further programme information, abstracts, and speaker biographies please visit   For registration (including payment options) visit:  For further information on the network as a whole, visit:

We are especially pleased that Professor Jennifer L. Morgan of New York University will deliver the keynote address, ‘Partus Sequitur Ventrem: Considering Slave Law and Re/Production for Enslaved Women onWednesday 8 April at 4pm in the Research Beehive, Newcastle University. Attendance at the keynote is free, but please register your intention to attend via the form above.

Please direct any questions and queries to our Network Facilitator, Selina Patel, by email:


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