On 15 September 2021 we hosted our second academic conference, a one-day workshop brining together scholars from a range of disciplines who research perceptions of pregnancy across time periods, regions, cultural and global perspectives.
The conference will consist of a series of parallel panels running throughout the day (Times presented are GMT). Panels can be booked individually by clicking on the panel title.
- Anna French (University of Liverpool), ‘“A seed without a soul”: reconsidering the history of early modern abortion’
- Paige Donaghy (The University of Queensland), ‘Women’s pregnancy loss in early modern England: a case study in the history of (non)reproduction’
- Jennifer Evans (University of Hertfordshire), ‘Recovering from miscarriage in early modern England’
Nation and State
- Judy Bolger (Trinity College Dublin), ‘Constructing and regulating impoverished motherhood: Institutionalised breastfeeding and the significance of the maternal body’.
- Charlotte Kelsted (University of Exeter), ‘Maternity, modernity and multiplicity in early mid-twentieth century Palestine (1920-1948).
- Eureka Henrich (University of Hertfordshire), ‘Pregnancy worries in migrant and non-migrant women: a post-war case study from Adelaide, Australia’.
Negotiating experiences of pregnancy and its environment
- Joe Holloway (University of Exeter),Inter-subjectivity, bi-subjectivity and tri-subjectivity: pregnancy and conjoinment in late twentieth and twenty-first century texts’.
- Jennifer Hardy (King’s College London), ‘Biological clocks: early modern pregnancy and the experience of reproductive time’.
- Ciara Henderson (Trinity College Dublin), ‘Hidden in plain sight: Revealing and concealing stillborn children in the Irish landscape in the nineteenth and twentieth century’.
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- Daniel Grey, (University of Hertfordshire) ‘“The woman … seemed to be in great distress”: infanticide in England and Wales during the First World War’.
- Fionnuala Walsh (University College Dublin), ‘Preventing and coping with unwanted pregnancies in nineteenth and early twentieth century Ireland’.
- Cara Delay (College of Charleston), ‘“Caught again”: criminal abortion practitioners in Irish history, 1900-1950’.
A Positive Outlook: Pregnancy and Birth in the Long Eighteenth century
- Chelsea Phillips (Villanova University) Carrying All Before Her: Celebrity Pregnancy and the London Stage, 1689-1800
- Sarah Fox (University of Birmingham) Giving Birth in Eighteenth Century England
Cathy McClive (Florida State University), ‘‘The Art of Childbirth. A Seventeenth-Century Midwife’s Epistolary Treatise to Dr Vallant’.
- Hannah Copley (University of Westminster), ‘A speculum as a hall of mirrors: archival poetics and the re-examination of obstetric and gynaecological histories’.
- Michelle Millar Fisher (MFA Boston), ‘ Designing Motherhood: A Practical Paper on What it Took to Get an Exhibition on Design for the Reproductive Arc Greenlit’.
- Phil Gorey (University College Dublin), ‘Who were the mothers? The Great Famine, poverty and childbirth in Dublin1845 – 1851’.
Legal Challenges and Advocacy
- Emily Skidmore (Texas Tech University), ‘Rooming-in, breastfeeding and abortion: bodily autonomy and Edith Banfield Jackson’s feminism, 1940-1965
- Zaina Mahmoud (University of Exeter), Surrogacy in Britain and California
- Jennifer Kosmin (Bucknell University), ‘When the fetus becomes a child: reflections from the long eighteenth century’.
Perceptions & Visual Representations of Mothers & Maternal Bodies
- Mary Elizabeth Leighton & Lisa Surridge (University of Victoria, Canada), ‘From “a piece of grossness” to “minute particularity”: Perceptions of Queen Victoria’s First Pregnancy in the Public Press
- Kate Naylor (University of Chester), ‘“We’d still know you were pregnant if you covered it up love, no need to point it out”: Black pregnant bodies on social media’.
- Nina Holmes (Independent Scholar), ‘The ideal of motherhood in Irish Governmental Health material, 1970s-1980s’.
Midwives & the Development of Midwifery
- Scottie Hale Buehler (University of Texas at Austin), ‘The rhetorical practices of midwifery education in eighteenth century France’.
- Claudia Roesch (German Historical Institute, Washington), ‘Homebirth, midwives and expert intervention: Mexican American birthing practices in the 1950s American Southwest’.
- Jennifer Rodgers (California Institute of Technology), ‘A public matter: reshaping birth cultures in Postwar Germany’.