Description:This symposium will explore diverse womb-related developments from the past, present and future, investigating important ethical and socio-legal questions emerging from new and future technologies. Historically, the womb has featured in medical, social and legal debates about women. A functioning womb saved a woman from the ‘curse’ of barrenness, but also was often blamed for women’s erratic behaviour and used to deny women many opportunities and legal rights. What can we learn from women’s ‘hystories’? Today, attempts are repeatedly made to police pregnancy, interfering with women’s rights on the grounds of fetal health, as the womb is treated as a conflict zone for public health. The womb also is a focus of reproductive futures. Until recently, pregnancy was only possible for a woman born with a healthy womb, but science is facilitating exciting possibilities for gestation such as artificial wombs. Will the womb become a non-binary reproductive organ?
Schedule:These and other exciting questions will be addressed through three diverse sessions, each encompassing two or three prepared talks followed by a panel discussion.
9.30 – 10: Arrival and Coffee 10 – 10.15: Welcome and Introductions 10.15 – 12: Reflecting on women’s hystories: ‘wandering wombs’ in science and society (Session 1) 12 – 12.30: Coffee Break 12.30 – 2.15: Exploring reproductive autonomy: the womb and evolving attitudes, rights and responsibilities (Session 2) 2.15 – 3: Lunch 3 – 4.30: Speculating about reproductive futures: partial ectogenesis and de-gendering reproduction (Session 3) 4.30 – 5: Close 5 – 6: Wine Reception
Confirmed speakers: Session 1: Professor Margaret Brazier (University of Manchester), Dr Sarah Fox (University of Manchester) and Caroline Henaghan (University of Manchester) Session 2: Professor Stephen Wilkinson (Lancaster University), Dr Nicola Williams (Lancaster University) and Dunja Begovic (University of Manchester) Session 3: Professor Emily Jackson (London School of Economics) and Elizabeth Chloe Romanis (University of Manchester)
Confirmed panellists: Dr Amel Alghrani (University of Liverpool), Professor Rebecca Bennett (University of Manchester), Professor Susan Bewley (King’s College London), Catherine Bowden (University of Manchester), Professor Emma Cave (Durham University), Dr Alexandra Mullock (University of Manchester), Laura O’Donovan (Lancaster University) Mon, 4 November 2019 09:30 – 17:00 GMT The University of Manchester Oxford Road Manchester M13 9PL Add to Calendar
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Instruments of Change exhibition
The University of Manchester has a long history of medical research, teaching and breakthroughs. Instruments of Change highlights Manchester innovations and how the University has helped to shape patient care.Instruments of Change showcases objects from the Beswick Collection at the Museum of Medicine and Health, stored here on campus in the Stopford Building. The Museum of Medicine and Health is a collection of historical medical instruments and equipment which form part of the University Collections at The University of Manchester. Objects are accessed by staff and students for teaching and learning and for use in public events. Further information can be found in the Instruments of Change FAQ document.
LocationThe exhibition is in the entrance to the Stopford Building (number 79 on the campus map). It’s free to visit and open Monday to Friday 9 am to 5 pm.
NHS at 70The exhibition is part of NHS at 70, a University of Manchester-led national project supported by the National Lottery’s Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF). It collects stories and memorabilia from people who worked in and were cared for by the NHS since its creation in 1948. All the stories and memorabilia collected will form part of the first Digital Archive for NHS history. Listen to the stories featured in this exhibition and discover more, including sharing your own story at nhs70.org.uk/stories/IOC.
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The BSHM Congress is held on alternate years at venues throughout the UK. In 2019 the Congress will be held at the M Shed in Bristol and will run from Wednesday 11th September to Saturday 14th September 2019. The Congress is open to all. The Congress has four main themes: – – History of Medicine at Sea – History of Medicine in the West of Britain – History of Health Care Education – History of Mental Illness and Mental Disability