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Twelfth Cambridge Wellcome Lecture in the History of Medicine

24 November 2016

The Twelfth Cambridge Wellcome Lecture in the History of Medicine was given by Professor Alexandra Minna Stern (University of Michigan) on 24 November 2016.

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Reproductive Politics in France and Britain

5-7 September 2016

A two-day conference bringing together historians, demographers and other social scientists from France and Britain working in the field of reproductive politics was held in September 2016.

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Recipes to Improve Your Love Life: Advice from the Eighteenth Century

31 March 2016

A talk Dr Lisa Smith (University of Essex) took place in the Whipple Museum on 31 March 2016.

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Reproduction on Film: Sex, Secrets and Lies

3 February – 20 March 2016

Our fifth Reproduction on Film series was held in February and March 2016.

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Wellcome Lecture

14 January 2016

The Eleventh Cambridge Wellcome Lecture in the History of Medicine was given by Michael Stolberg (University of Würzburg) on 14 January 2016.

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Should we be having babies at 20?

21 October 2015

A debate considering historical perspectives on the ideal age to start a family was held as part of the 2015 Festival of Ideas.

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Sex, Disease and Fertility in History

28–30 September 2015

A conference on Sex, Disease and Fertility in History was held at CRASSH on 28–30 September 2015.

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Conference: Reproduction on Film

23–25 September 2015

A conference exploring reproduction as a theme to unite diverse strands of film history was held on 23–25 September 2015.

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Public lectures

June 2015

Nick Hopwood and Hannah Landecker gave lectures as part of a workshop put on by the IVF Histories and Cultures Project.

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Reproduction on Film: Outlaws

4 February – 11 March 2015

The fourth ‘Reproduction on Film’ series was held on Wednesdays in February and March 2015.

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Wellcome Lecture

15 January 2015

The Tenth Cambridge Wellcome Lecture in the History of Medicine was held on Thursday 15 January 2015.

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Public lecture

December 2014

Martin Johnson and Kay Elder gave a lecture on ‘Events leading to the birth of Louise Brown’ as part of an IVF Histories and Cultures workshop.

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Festival of Ideas debate: ‘Is menstruation healthy?’

22 October 2014

Continuing the series of debates held by members of the ‘Generation to Reproduction’ project, the debate for the 2014 Festival of Ideas considered whether, historically, menstruation is best understood as necessary to a woman’s health.

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Con/Tested: Sperm Science, Sterility and Masculinity

11–12 September 2014

An interdisciplinary conference, ‘Con/Tested: Sperm Science, Sterility and Masculinity’, was held on 11–12 September 2014.

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Cities and Towns as Epidemiological Drivers

17–18 March 2014

A workshop on ‘Cities and Towns as Epidemiological Drivers: Emerging Issues in Urban Historical Demography‘ was held at the Department of Geography on 17–18 March 2014.

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Wellcome Lecture

16 January 2014

The Ninth Cambridge Wellcome Lecture in the History of Medicine was given by Professor Malcolm Nicolson (University of Glasgow) on Thursday 16 January 2014.

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Reproduction workshop

15 November 2013

The Cambridge Interdisciplinary Reproduction Forum held its ninth Interdisciplinary Workshop on Reproduction at CRASSH on 15 November 2013.

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Inaugural lecture

30 October 2013

Professor Sarah Franklin (Department of Sociology) gave her inaugural lecture, ‘After IVF: the Reproductive Turn in Social Thought’, on 30 October 2013.

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Festival of Ideas: ‘Can Europe reproduce itself?’ Debating Europe’s fertility

28 October 2013

This panel as part of Cambridge’s Festival of Ideas considers the factors causing regional fertility differences in Europe and will debate the continent’s reproductive future.

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Seminar: The uses of psychoanalysis – Britain, France and the USA, 1920-2000

1 October 2013

Seminar on the history of psychoanalysis run by Principal Investigator John Forrester

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Lecture: After IVF – The reproductive turn in social thought

30 October 2013

Inaugural lecture by Professor Sarah Franklin

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Festival of Ideas: Forging frontiers in classical medicine: exploring the body

26 October 2013

Principal Investigator Rebecca Flemming will give a talk on medical ideas in the Greek and Roman worlds as part of the Festival of Ideas.

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Symposium: Selfishness/Selflessness

28 June 2013

This symposium examines the ways in which judgements and discourses of selfishness or selflessness have shaped contemporary and historical societies.

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Mary of Modena: A Royal Scandal

25 June 2013

Free public lecture in the series Born to Rule: Royal Births in Tudor and Stuart England

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Henry VIII: The Quest for an Heir

18 June

Free public lecture in the series Born to Rule: Royal Births in Tudor and Stuart England

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Conference: Making Love, Making Gender, Making Babies in the 1950s, 1960s and 1970s

6-7 September 2013

A conference comparing political and ethical debates over medical and cultural innovations in ‘sex’, ‘gender’ and ‘reproduction’ over the period 1950-1970.

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Born to Rule: Public Lectures on Royal Births in Tudor and Stuart England

Tuesday 18 June, 5:00pm
Tuesday 25 June, 5:00pm
Little Hall, Sidgwick Avenue

Henry VIII: The Quest for an Heir and Mary of Modena: A Royal Scandal

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Conference: In/Fertility and Sacred Space

15-16 July 2013

Concerns about fertility and children have been (and still are) common reasons for visiting, and more generally engaging with, the sacred spaces—sanctuaries and shrines, groves and grottoes—of many religions and cultures.

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Presentation: Conditional Embryo Donation

13 May 2013

Monday 13 May, 2013
5:00 – 6:30pm

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Conference: Cities as epidemiological drivers

17-18 March 2014

15-16 September 2013

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Jesse Olszynko-Gryn on BBC Radio 4: Making History

16 April 2013

Tuesday 16 April, 3:00pm
BBC Radio 4

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Peter Jones on BBC2 Fit to Rule: How Royal Illness Changed History

8 April 2013

Monday 8 April, 9:00pm
BBC2

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BBC3 Baby Britain Season

18 - 27 March 2013

A series of programmes exploring pregnancy and parenthood in Britain today

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Call for papers: “Reproductive Cultures” seminar series at Oxford University

12 October - 6 December 2013

“Generational Change in Reproductive Cultures” seminar series
Close date 30 April 2013

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Reproduction on film 18 March: Vicky Donor

18 March 2013

A star sperm donor falls in love in this light-hearted Bollywood film

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Seminar 12 March: Joanna Bourke on “Labour pains”

12 March 2013

Generation to Reproduction seminar

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Reproduction on film 11 March: Junior

11 March 2013

Arnold Schwarzenegger becomes a mother

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Reproduction on film: Miracle of Morgan’s Creek

4 March 2013

A screwball comedy about a surprise pregnancy

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Seminar 12 Feb: Emma-Jayne Graham on “Votive Offerings”

12 February 2013

Generation to Reproduction seminar

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Reproduction on film: Babies

11 February - 18 March 2013

Our third series of ‘Reproduction on Film’

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Cambridge Wellcome Lecture by Maaike van der Lugt

17 January 2013

Generatio: medieval debates about procreation, heredity and ‘bioethics’

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Generation and Reproduction in Medieval Europe symposium

7 - 8 December 2012

Places at the symposium will be limited to 30 plus speakers. Cost per person will be £20, including lunch, coffee and tea. Please apply as soon as possible to reserve a place to Peter Jones (pmj10@cam.ac.uk). Friday 7 December 17.30 Open lecture, Department of History and Philosophy of Science, Free School Lane, Cambridge: Marianne Elsakkers [...]

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Interdisciplinary Workshop on Reproduction 8

23 November 2012

CIRF’s Interdisciplinary Workshop on Reproduction is about showcasing research related to reproduction that is taking place at the University of Cambridge. This year, our eighth, we have a great selection of speakers coming from a number of different disciplines, such as Sociology, Classics, Law, English, and Psychology. The Interdisciplinary Workshop on Reproduction gives both speakers and members of the audience the opportunity to make interdisciplinary [...]

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Cambridge Interdisciplinary Reproduction Forum

2 November 2012

Historians of medicine from HPS are active in the Cambridge Interdisciplinary Reproduction Forum, a graduate/faculty research group at the Centre for Research in the Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities.

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Debating Reproduction: Hospital Birth

1 November 2012

Thursday 1 November 2012 5.30pm – 7pm Mill Lane Lecture Room 9, 8 Mill Lane ‘The hospitalization of childbirth has historically benefited birthing women less than their doctors.’ Around 1900, very few babies in Britain were born in hospitals; by the end of the century, hardly any were not. As part of the Festival of Ideas, [...]

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Making Visible Embryos online exhibition

10 August 2012

Images of Human Embryos Images of human embryos are everywhere. We see them in newspapers, clinics, classrooms, laboratories, family albums and on the internet. Debates about abortion, assisted conception, cloning and Darwinism have sometimes made these images hugely controversial, but they are also routine. We tend to take them for granted today. Yet 250 years [...]

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Reproducing China conference: Childbirth, One Child, and Beyond

13 -14 July 2012

Friday 13 – Saturday 14 July 2012 This conference brought together established scholars and junior researchers in East Asian history, history of medicine, sociology, political science, anthropology and gender studies, to present their cutting-edge work on the multiple facets of reproductive science, medicine, and technology in modern China. Link to conference website

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Making Human Heredity workshop: populations and public health in the postwar era

28 - 30 June 2012

28-30 June 2012 The postwar study of human heredity was shaped by an array of fields engaged with the study of human populations, including cytogenetics, physical anthropology, epidemiology, public health and demography. This workshop addressed the continuities in population thinking across these fields, and the shared practices, institutional structures and analytical and organisational technologies that [...]

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Transforming Pregnancy Since 1900 conference

29 - 30 March 2012

29–30 March 2012 Around 1900, few pregnant women in Europe or North America had any contact with a medical practitioner before going into labour. By the second half of the twentieth century, the hospitalization of childbirth, the legalization of abortion and a host of biomedical technologies from the home pregnancy test and IVF to obstetric [...]

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Reproduction on Film: Monstrosity

27 February - 21 March 2012

 27 February – 21 March 2012 at the Cambridge Arts Picturehouse The second of our Reproduction on Film series -’Monstrosity’ Throughout the 20th century, films used the monstrous to explore concerns about intervention and normality. This second series of ‘Reproduction on Film’ presented works featuring various artificial and natural monsters, examining anxieties about science, sex, [...]

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Cambridge Wellcome Lecture by Staffan Muller-Wille

19 January 2012

Thursday 19 January 2012 4.30pm in Seminar Room 2, Department of History and Philosophy of Science Staffan Müller-Wille (University of Exeter) Revisiting the Mendelian revolution Much research into heredity in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries took place in such applied contexts as seed production, breeding yeast and cereals for large-scale beer making, mass-manufacture [...]

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Communicating Reproduction conference

5 - 6 December 2011

A conference to be held in the Department of History and Philosophy of Science, University of Cambridge, on 5–6 December 2011 Scholars have explored continuities and discontinuities in theories of sex and gender; knowledge of entities such as seeds, germs, embryos, monsters and clones; concerns about creation, evolution, degeneration and regeneration; investments in maternity, paternity [...]

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Interdisciplinary Workshop on Reproduction 7

18 November 2011

This workshop, the seventh in a successful series, aims to promote communication and exchange among people in Cambridge working on various aspects of reproduction. For further information, click here.

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Debating Reproduction: IVF

20 October 2011

Our first debate on the history of scientific and ethical issues surrounding in vitro fertilisation, took place at Cambridge University Library on 20 October 2011 as part of the Festival of Ideas.

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Alchemy and Medicine from Antiquity to the Enlightenment conference

22 - 24 September 2011

Thursday, 22 September 2011 to Saturday, 24 September 2011 Location: Peterhouse College, University of Cambridge Alchemists pursued many goals, from the transmutation of metals to the preservation of health and life. These pursuits were continually informed and modified by medical knowledge, while alchemical debates about nature, generation, and the achievability of perfection in turn impacted on medicine and [...]

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Books & Babies: Communicating Reproduction

7 July - 23 December 2011

7 July-23 December 2011 The London underground displays posters for fertility clinics, directed at both women and men. Picture books teach children the facts of life. We are always reading about reproduction. Reproduction also describes what communication media do—multiply images, sounds and text for wider consumption. This exhibition was about these two senses of reproduction, [...]

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Reproduction and the Sciences in Cambridge workshop

8 April 2011

A workshop to be held in the Bryan Matthews Room, Department of Physiology, Development and Neuroscience, University of Cambridge, on 8 April 2011 Cambridge was perhaps the major European centre of innovation in research on reproduction in the twentieth century. The concentration in one city of University and other institutions with different missions and disciplinary [...]

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Reproduction on film: ‘Reproductive Dystopias’

7 - 23 March 2011

7 March – 23 March 2011 at the Cambridge Arts Picturehouse The first of our Reproduction on Film series – ’Reproductive Dystopias’ As part of the Generation to Reproduction Wellcome Trust Strategic Award events programme, our first ‘Reproduction on Film’ series covers the topic of Reproductive Dystopias. It presents a series of pessimistic visions of futures in which [...]

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Cambridge Wellcome Lecture by Mary Fissell

20 January 2011

Thursday 20 January 2011 4.30pm in Seminar Room 2, Department of History and Philosophy of Science Mary Fissell (Johns Hopkins University) ‘Encountering Aristotle’s Masterpiece, or how to find a racy book about reproduction’ Aristotle’s Masterpiece was the most popular English book about reproduction from its first publication in 1684 all the way into the 1930s. It is [...]

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Interdisciplinary Workshop on Reproduction 6

12 November 2010

Friday, 12 November 2010 09:00 – 17:30 Location: Dept of History and Philosophy of Science, Free School Lane, Cambridge This workshop, the sixth in a successful series, aims to promote communication and exchange among people in Cambridge working on various aspects of reproduction. For more information click here.

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Cambridge Wellcome Lecture by Angus McLaren

3 December 2009

Thursday 3 December 2009 4.30pm in Seminar Room 2, Department of History and Philosophy of Science Angus McLaren (University of Victoria) Divorcing sex and reproduction: the discussion of artificial insemination in Britain, 1918–1948 A 1922 trial marked the first time in history that a common law court dealt with the subject of artificial insemination. Why [...]

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Interdisciplinary Workshop on Reproduction 5

20 October 2009

Friday, 30 October 2009 09:00 – 17:00 Location: CRASSH 17 Mill Lane  This workshop, the fifth in a successful series, aims to promote communication and exchange among people in Cambridge working on various aspects of reproduction. For more information click here.

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