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The Fertility and Reproduction Studies Group and the Nuffield Department of Obstetrics & Gynaecology are hosting a new seminar series. Join us as we explore the loaded medical term ‘miscarriage’ from diverse cultural, historical and medical perspectives, and consider whether an alternative conceptualisation is possible.

fertility and reproductions SEMINARS

All Michaelmas Term seminars take place on Monday's 11am – 12:30 pm at the Institute for Science, Innovation and Society, Seminar Room, 64 Banbury Road. See map here. All are welcome and booking is not required. This seminar series was initiated by Suzannah Williams (Nuffield Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology) in collaboration with Katie Borg and Philip Kreager (FRSG)    

Monday 12th October    (Week 1)

Harish Naraindas,  Asia and Europe Cluster, University of Heidelberg, and Jawaharlal Nehru University, Delhi. "Sacralising the Foetus: Notes on Perinatal Bereavement in the Anglo-American World"


Monday 19th October (Week 2) 

Ginny Mounce, Nuffield Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, University of Oxford. "Paying Attention to the Journey’ – Couples’ Experiences of Investigating and Starting Infertility Treatments"

Monday 26th October (Week 3) 

Raj Rai, Imperial College and St Mary’s Hospital, London. "Medical and Psychological Issues in the Treatment of Recurrent Miscarriage: the Role of Clinical Trials and Ways of Addressing the Potential Exploitation of Vulnerable Couples"


Monday 2nd November (Week 4) 

Susie Kilshaw, Department of Anthropology, University College London. "Birds in Heaven: Social Positioning of Lost Babies and their Mothers in Qatar"


Monday 9th November (Week 5) 

Ingrid Granne, Nuffield Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, University of Oxford. "Does 21st-Century Technology Change the Experience of Early Pregnancy and Miscarriage?"


Monday 16th November (Week 6) 

Sayani Mitra, University of Göttengen. "Reproductive Disruptions during Surrogacy: End of a beginning?"


Monday 23rd November (Week 7)

Petra Boynton, Miscarriage Association. "Forgotten Voices"


Monday 30th November (Week 8) 

Marie-Franҫoise Besnier, University of Cambridge. "The ‘Unfortunate Mesopotamian Foetus’: Pregnancy Loss and Miscarriage in the Ancient Near East"

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