[Humanist] 25.414 events: deadlines for DH2012 & Communicating Reproduction

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Tue Oct 25 10:17:04 CEST 2011

                 Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 25, No. 414.
            Department of Digital Humanities, King's College London
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  [1]   From:    Francis Neary <fjn26 at CAM.AC.UK>                           (59)
        Subject: Reminder: 'Communicating Reproduction' Conference

  [2]   From:    Jan Christoph Meister <jan-c-meister at uni-hamburg.de>      (18)
        Subject: DH 2012: 1 November deadline for proposals

        Date: Mon, 24 Oct 2011 10:33:31 +0100
        From: Francis Neary <fjn26 at CAM.AC.UK>
        Subject: Reminder: 'Communicating Reproduction' Conference
        In-Reply-To: <4E410C08.4040105 at cam.ac.uk>

A reminder that the deadline (1 November) is approaching to register for 
our Communicating  Reproduction conference.  Please fill in the form at 
http://www.hps.cam.ac.uk/medicine/communicating.html if you would like 
to join us for the discussions. Further details are below.

Very good wishes,


Communicating Reproduction
5–6 December 2011

A conference to be held in the Department of History and Philosophy of 
Science, University of Cambridge.

Scholars have explored continuities and discontinuities in theories of 
sex and gender; knowledge of entities such as seeds, germs, embryos, 
monsters and clones; concerns about creation, evolution, degeneration 
and regeneration; investments in maternity, paternity and heredity; 
practices of fertility control, potency and childbirth; and health 
relations between citizen and state, individual and population. But we 
have paid much less attention to the huge changes in processes and media 
of communication. There is important work on specific practices, from 
education to advertising, conversation to mass entertainment, and on 
specific media, from ritual objects to printed books, films to the 
internet. But we lack synthetic and comparative accounts. This 
conference aims to explore how we might best ground debates about 
reproduction in changing practices of communication over the long term, 
though primarily within the Western tradition. Nor is reproduction just 
a lens through which to view the history of communication. For 
generation and reproduction are themselves potent metaphors for 
communication. Richard de Bury wrote in /Philobiblon/ (1345) of the 
making of books as a form of generation across time and modern authors 
often frame the distribution of identical copies in terms of mechanical 

The conference will bring together scholars representing ancient to 
modern periods and various disciplines. Talks will be 20-minute 
summaries of pre-circulated papers, followed by commentary and 
discussion in one-hour slots in such a way as to promote dialogue and 
critical engagement between fields and approaches.

Speakers and provisional titles:

Helen King (Open University): Educating Lucina: midwives and the 
communication of reproductive knowledge, ancient and early modern
Catherine Rider (University of Exeter): Communicating religious views of 
infertility in the Middle Ages
Jennifer Richards (Newcastle University): 'Issue dangerous to the 
Queen': pregnancy and politics in the Elizabethan polity
Mary Fissell (The Johns Hopkins University): Making a masterpiece from 
bits and pieces
Angelique Richardson (University of Exeter): Reproduction and the 
post-Darwinian novel
Staffan Müller-Wille (University of Exeter): Reproducing species
Wendy Kline (University of Cincinnati): Coming home: modern midwifery 
and the controversy over home birth
Solveig Jülich (Stockholm University): The Lennart Nilsson-industry: 
remediating images of life before birth
Uta Schwarz (Cologne): Introduction to the film Helga (1967)
Ludmilla Jordanova (King's College, London): Closing comments

Organisers: Nick Hopwood, Peter Jones, Lauren Kassell, Francis Neary, 
Jim Secord

To register, please follow the instructions at:

Funded by a Wellcome Trust Strategic Award in the History of Medicine on 
'Generation to Reproduction' http://www.reproduction.group.cam.ac.uk/

        Date: Mon, 24 Oct 2011 19:24:16 +0200
        From: Jan Christoph Meister <jan-c-meister at uni-hamburg.de>
        Subject: DH 2012: 1 November deadline for proposals
        In-Reply-To: <4E410C08.4040105 at cam.ac.uk>


Reminder: Deadline for proposals for DH 2012

Please note the deadline for proposals for papers, posters and workshops 
for the DH 2012 is 1 November 2011, 24:00 GMT and will not be extended. 
For Calls for Papers/Workshops in numerous languages, information on the 
submission routine and any other conference related information please 
visit our new DH 2012 website at


In order to receive regular conference updates via mail please subscribe 
to the newsletter on our site.

Chris Meister
Local Organizer DH 2012

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