Final draft of #pregconf programme

Cover of Conference Programme


Click here for the final draft (we hope) of the conference programme!  We look forward to welcoming our delegates from across the world to the University of Hertfordshire on Wednesday, 16 July.

If you can’t make the conference, follow the conversation on the twitter hashtag #pregconf

Ciara & Jennifer


Public Lecture, 22 July 2014: Royal Births in the Sixteenth Century by Alison Weir

This notice has just come in to us from one of the Perceptions of Pregnancy speakers:


Interested in Perceptions of Pregnancy or Royal Births in the Sixteenth Century?

Historian and novelist Alison Weir is giving a public lecture at 6 pm in Martin Hall Theatre, Loughborough University on Tuesday 22 July. 

The Prince Expected in Due Season: The Queen’s First Duty

Alison Weir

Alison Weir

Alison Weir is the top-selling female historian in the United Kingdom, and has sold over 2.3 million books worldwide. Her most recent book is a biography of Elizabeth of York, whose marriage to Henry VII united the houses of York and Lancaster. We are delighted to be welcoming her to Loughborough in July, when she will be giving a new talk especially for us. Entitled ‘“The Prince expected in due season”: The Queen’s First Duty’, Alison will explore the practices and politics of the Royal birthing chamber

Alison’s books will be on sale on the night and she will be happy to sign them.

Tickets are priced at £7.00 and are available here.


de-hav_225We have just added a new page to the site outlining the accommodation options for the conference. We have recommended a hotel for postgraduates based purely on cost. All of the hotels are in very close proximity to the conference venue and are easily accessible.

Registration will follow shortly.

We look forward to seeing you all soon.


Message from Conference Organisers, 3 April 2014:


Just a quick note to let you know that we are currently working on getting the registration form up and running, and we hope to provide a link soon. In the meantime, if delegates need to submit an indication of expenses to their departments, please feel free to contact us for an estimate of costs.

Ciara: c.meehan2[at]

Jennifer: j.evans5[at]


Updated, 13 May: Registration is now available here.



Message from Conference Organisers, 5 March 2014

As most of you will know, the provisional programme for the conference is now available. We are delighted with the line-up and are anticipating a lively conference.

We are now preparing for pre-registration and information will be made available in the next couple of weeks. In addition to emailing contributors and chairs, the details will also be posted on this blog for anybody else who wishes to attend.

Looking forward to seeing you all in July,

Ciara & Jennifer

Message from the Conference Organisers, 2 February 2014

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The Call for Papers has now closed, and we are delighted with the strong response to our conference. In addition to Britain, we have received abstracts from Ireland, Poland, America, Finland, Australia and Germany, to name but a few, meaning we are on track to hold a truly international conversation on perceptions of pregnancy throughout history.

We are currently sorting through the large number of proposals we received. Once a draft programme has been drawn up, further details will be made available here. Be sure to check back, or sign up for notifications.