Gestation: Bodies and Technologies

  • 22 November 2023
  • 1:00 pm - 4:30 pm
  • Hybrid - International House & Zoom Webinar

Gestation is an incontrovertibly universal yet deeply varied experience, with complex concerns arising recently through the rollback of women’s rights, gestational inequalities and neo-natal trajectories, imbrication in neo-fascist discourse and novel methods for reproduction, kinship and care. It is a complex negotiation of culture, technology, biology and politics constituted relationally through entanglements of human and non-human agents and practices that extend beyond the flesh. Gestation forms an inherently interdisciplinary field, spanning sport, health and medicine, social sciences, politics and law, history, geography, design, arts and culture, with reverberations in (micro)biology and genetics, robotics and AI, post- and transhumanism, disability studies, critical race and queer and trans theory.

This roundtable focuses on bodies and technologies as sites of gestational realities, bringing together an exceptional group of international scholars to share their wide-ranging disciplinary perspectives on the Theme.

Bodies and Technologies is co-chaired by Dr Eleanor Morgan, School of Design and Creative Arts & Dr Emma Pullen, School of Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences, Loughborough university

Featuring IAS Visiting Fellows - 
Dr Isabela de Oliveira Dornelas, Postdoctoral Fellow in Department III, Artefacts, Action, Knowledge, Max Planck Institute for the History of Science, Berlin
Professor Mary E. Fissell, Professor of the History of Medicine, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore
Professor Hideyasu Shimadzu, Professor of Data Science, Kitasato University, Kanagawa
Professor Holly Thorpe, Professor of Sport and Gender, University of Waikato, Hamilton

Plus guest speakers from Loughborough University - 
Dr Victoria Browne (Senior Lecturer in Political Philosophy, SSH)
Dr Emily Petherick (Senior Lecturer in Epidemiology and Biostatistics, SSEHS)

Lunch will be served before the event from 12:30pm, with the event starting at 1:00pm.

12:30 Lunch available for in-person attendees
13:00 Introduction from Theme leads
13:15 Dr Isabela de Oliveira Dornelas, Max Planck Institute for the History of Science
13:30 Dr Victoria Browne (International Relations, Politics and History)
13:45 Professor Mary E. Fissell, Johns Hopkins University
14:00 Professor Holly Thorpe, University of Waikato
14:15 Dr Emily Petherick (School of Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences)
14:30 Professor Hideyasu Shimadzu, Kitasato University
14:45 Break
15:15 Plenary Session with all speakers
16:15 Theme leads closing remarks

This event is hybrid format, please use the required booking button at the bottom of the page to choose either in-person or online attendance.

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