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Department of History and Philosophy of Science


This one-day workshop, which was held on Monday 17 October 2005, brought together researchers from neighbouring departments on Free School Lane to discuss our common interest in issues related to reproduction.

Informal presentations were given by members of the Department of History and Philosophy of Science, the Department of Social Anthropology and the Centre for Family Research in the Faculty of Social and Political Sciences.

The aim was to share our perspectives with our neighbours in order to promote exchange – and perhaps even collaboration – along Free School Lane and beyond.

Organisers: Nick Hopwood, Monica Konrad and Zeynep Gürtin-Broadbent
Support: Wellcome Trust


9.15 Welcome and introductions (chair, Nick Hopwood [HPS]), HPS SR 1
  Session 1: From generation to reproduction (chair, Jim Secord [HPS])
9.30 Lauren Kassell (HPS), Astrological casebooks and generation
10.00 Nick Hopwood & Tatjana Buklijas (HPS), Making the visible embryo
10.30 Emese Lafferton (HPS), Eugenics and national health in Hungary around 1900
11.00 Coffee, HPS Lodge
  Session 2: Technologies (chair, Soraya de Chadarevian [HPS]), HPS SR 1
11.30 Sarah Wilmot (HPS), Artificial insemination
12.00 Martin Richards (CFR), A history of human reproductive and related genetic technologies
12.30 Lunch, SPS tea room
  Session 3: Parents and decisions (chair, Eric Jensen [CFR]), SPS seminar room
1.30 Tabitha Freeman (CFR), Paternity and kinship: theoretical and cultural implications of DNA testing
2.00 Susan Golombok (CFR), Parenting and child development in assisted reproduction families
2.30 Helen Statham (CFR), Reproductive choices in 'ordinary' pregnancies
Claudia Downing (CFR), Reproductive decision-making in the face of a late-onset genetic disorder
3.00 Tea, SPS tea room
  Session 4: Separations, extensions, calamities (chair, Monica Konrad [SA]), SPS seminar room
3.30 Jacob Copeman (SA), Centrifuging blood in India
4.00 Rebecca Empson (SA), Reproducing prophecy
4.30 Maja Petrovic (SA), Producing 'bodies', reproducing 'persons': thinking human remains in former Yugoslavia and Tasmania
5.00 Concluding comments
5.30 End

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