Leah Astbury, who recently completed her PhD on ‘Breeding Women and Lusty Infants in Early Modern England’, will be staying in Cambridge this academic year as a Society for Renaissance Studies Postdoctoral Fellow with matching funding from the Isaac Newton Trust. She has also won a Women in Humanities Postdoctoral Writing Fellowship at TORCH (The Oxford Research Centre in the Humanities), and will be in Oxford for a couple of months. Leah will be developing a new project on marriage and health in early modern England.
Cambridge historians of medicine and biology are using a Wellcome strategic award to take a concerted approach to the history of reproduction. The cross-disciplinary group of researchers will offer fresh perspectives on issues ranging from ancient fertility rites to IVF. Building on a lively field of historical investigation, this will provide a fresh basis for policy and public debate.