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BSA Human Reproduction Study Group Annual Conference

We are pleased to share in the attached the call for abstracts for the British Sociological Association Human Reproduction Study Group Annual Conference taking place at De Montfort University on Wednesday 12th June. We are delighted to announce that the plenary address will be delivered this year by Professor Marcia Inhorn from the Department of Anthropology at Yale University who will ask: ‘The Quest for Conception: Where Has It Taken Us?’. More details, including a full speaker biography and talk abstract will be circulated in due course.

For our forthcoming annual conference, we welcome theoretical, methodological, and empirical papers on any social aspects of human reproduction including, but not limited to: pregnancy & childbirth; mothering/fathering & kinship; infant feeding; (in)fertility; stillbirth & infant death; abortion; miscarriage; assisted conception, new reproductive technologies & genetics.

We welcome abstracts from researchers across the social sciences including sociology, psychology, and anthropology and also welcome papers from colleagues working in science and technology studies, social policy, economics, demography, law, parenting culture studies, midwifery, sexual and public health as well as nursing.

Please send abstracts of up to 250 words by Friday 10th May to Kylie Baldwin kbaldwin@dmu.ac.uk . Abstracts significantly over the word count will not be accepted. Abstracts will be anonymised when reviewed by the Co-Convenors of the group taking into account the suitability of the topic, the stage of research process (if appropriate), and the significance of the findings or arguments proposed to the Group.

For more information about this event please see the attached or contact Cathy Herbrand with any questions you may have (Cathy.Herbrand@dmu.ac.uk).

This one-day annual conference is being followed by a second smaller symposium, also at DMU, on technologies of fertility extension and preservation; more details about this second event which is part funded by the BSA and Foundation for the Sociology of Health and Illness will be circulated in due course.