Tamarin Norwood in conversation with Victoria Browne

Victoria Browne and Tamarin Norwood discuss the possible roles of creativity and narrativity in making sense of early pregnancy endings and pregnancy/baby loss. Where these experiences are ambiguous, viscerally embodied but conceptually disorganized, and under-resourced by existing cultural narratives of birth and death, what is at stake in attempting to construct or recuperate meaning through creative means, whether on a personal, community or structural level?

Dr Tamarin Norwood is a writer and academic with a background in fine art. She holds a DPhil in Fine Art from the University of Oxford and is now a Leverhulme Early Career Research Fellow at Loughborough, working with national baby loss charities to learn from bereaved parents about the meanings and rituals they create when cultural narratives fail to serve them. In 2023 she won the Vice-Chancellor's Award for impactful research and innovation for her work with parents bereaved by baby loss, informed by her essay Something Good Enough which won the Lancet Wakley Essay Prize in 2021. Her memoir The Song of the Whole Wide World comes out early 2024 with Indigo Press.

Dr Victoria Browne is a Senior Lecturer in Political Philosophy at Loughborough, specialising in feminist philosophy and theory.  Her work has been supported by the UK Arts and Humanities Research Council, the British Academy and the Leverhulme Trust, and from 2017-2018, she was a Visiting Scholar at the Institute for Research on Women, Gender and Sexuality at Columbia University, New York. Victoria's books include Pregnancy Without Birth: A Feminist Philosophy of Miscarriage (Bloomsbury, 2022), Vulnerability and the Politics of Care: Transdisciplinary Dialogues (Oxford University Press, 2021), and Motherhood in Literature and Culture: Interdisciplinary Perspectives from Europe (Routledge, 2017); and she has published widely in academic journals such as Hypatia and Signs. She is also on the editorial collective for the journal Radical Philosophy

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