Hope and Fear for New Human Life

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Date(s) - 23/Nov/2016
1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Freemantle and Shirley Community Centre

Join us for Hope and Fear for New Human Life, a panel discussion with four speakers from across the Faculty of Humanities at the University of Southampton whose research explores pregnancy, parenting and birth from different perspectives. The session will include time for the audience to share their thoughts and questions.

Ernest F - Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=1111256

Pregnancy and birth is a time of hope for the future.  But that hope can often be accompanied by fear: fear that something will go wrong during pregnancy and birth, fear of mothers and fathers that they are not doing a good job, fear from society as a whole that parents will not do a good job.  These hopes and fears may lead us to make mistakes in our assessment of risks or our judgments of parental behaviour.  This session explores the way we think about pregnancy and parenting, considering representations of parenting, pregnancy and childbirth in literature, media and social media.

The researchers involved would like to invite new parents to attend with their babies – audience members need not worry about moving about, being noisy and feeding as necessary. Older children are also welcome, but please be aware that the event will include discussion visual depictions of birth, breastfeeding etc… Toys and a play area, changing rooms and refreshments will be provided. And as with all Human World Festival events, attendance is free and open to everyone- be sure to book online now to secure your place.

Our speakers

Elselijn Kingma and Fiona Woollard work on the Philosophy of Pregnancy, Birth and Early Motherhood.  Elselijn has recently been awarded a major grant by the ERC on the metaphysics of pregnancy. (http://www.southampton.ac.uk/philosophy/research/projects/philosophy-of-pregnancy.page)

Clare Hanson (English) is the author of A Cultural History of Pregnancy and Eugenics, Literature and Culture in Post-war Britain.  She is currently working on The Secret of Life: Genetics and the Literary Imagination and was the lead investigator on the AHRC-funded project Beyond the Gene (http://www.southampton.ac.uk/beyondthegene/index.page)

Sofia Bull (Film) works on the representation of childbirth and midwifery in popular culture, and is affiliated with the Wellcome Trust funded project “Televising Childbirth: Understanding Media Impacts of Perceptions of Risk, Women’s Choices and Health”, headed by Dr Julie Roberts, University of Nottingham (http://www.southampton.ac.uk/film/about/staff/asb2u14.page).

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Selected publications:

Sofia Bull, “Midwives, medicine and natural births: Female agency in Scandinavian birthing shows”, Critical Studies in Television, 11(2), 2016.

Hanson, Clare (2012) Eugenics, literature and culture in post-war Britain, Abingdon, GB, Routledge, 190pp.(Routledge Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Literature).

Hanson, Clare (2004) A cultural history of pregnancy: pregnancy, medicine and culture 1750-2000, Basingstoke, UK, Palgrave, 224pp.

Hanson, Clare (2015) The maternal body. In, Hillman, David and Maude, Ulrika (eds.) The Cambridge Companion to the Body in Literature. Cambridge, GBCambridge University Press, 87-100. (Cambridge Companions to Literature).

Elselijn Kingma, (Accepted for publication) ‘Were you a part of your mother? The Metaphysics of Pregnancy”. Mind-, -.

Elselijn Kingma. (2013b). ‘Improving our thinking’. Association for the Improvement of Maternity Services Newsletter; 25(2).

Elselijn Kingma (2011) ‘The Lancet’s Risky Ideas: rights, interests and home-birth’ International Journal for Clinical Practice; 65, 918-920http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1742-1241.2011.02733.x

Fiona Woollard, “Motherhood and Mistakes About Defeasible Duties”, Philosophy and Phenomenological Research, forthcoming

Fiona Woollard and Lindsey Porter, “Breastfeeding and Defeasible Duties to Benefit”, under consideration.

Fiona Woollard, “I, Me, Mine: Body Ownership and the Generation Problem”, Pacific Philosophical Quarterly, 97 (2) (2016).

Featured Image credit: Andrés Nieto Porras from Palma de Mallorca, España – Líneas de unas horas de vida, CC BY-SA 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=24333342


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