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Pregnancy, Maternity, and the Self Event

10:00 - 18:00
21 June 2019
University of Southampton - Avenue Campus Highfield Road Southampton SO17 1BF

For more information regarding this event, please email Tracy Story at .

Event details

Join us at the University of Southampton on Friday 21 June 2019 to explore various understandings of pregnancy, maternity, and the Self. Registration for the conference is now open and will close on 10 June. The conference has been funded by the generosity of the Society of Applied Philosophy and the Southampton Ethics Centre.

The conference will also include a poster presentation showcasing the work of graduate students and ECRs. The call for poster abstracts is still open - please find more details here:

Speaker information

Professor Amy Mullin,University of Toronto,Amy Mullin's research ranges from topics in the history of philosophy to feminist philosophy (philosophy of care, conceptions of the self) and aesthetics (art, imagination and morality). Her book Reconceiving Pregnancy and Childcare: Ethics, Experience and Reproductive Labor was published in 2005 by Cambridge University Press, and she has published extensively in recent years on issues surrounding pregnancy, parenthood, and children.

Professor Fiona Woollard,Fiona Woollard has research interests in normative ethics, applied ethics, epistemically transformative experiences and the philosophy of sex and pregnancy. Her main current research is in the Philosophy of Pregnancy, Birth and Early Motherhood. Fiona shows that pregnancy, birth and early motherhood can challenge traditional ways of thinking about morality and knowledge. She also identifies ways in which philosophical mistakes in our thinking about motherhood can influence the treatment of pregnant women and mothers, often leading to harmful consequences for these vulnerable groups.

Dr Isabel Davis,Birkbeck,Isabel Davis has research interests in the field of medieval gender studies, the household, subjectivity, intimate relationships and social identity, and her publications variously touch on these topics. A product of this research was a project entitled Conceiving Histories, which connected academic literary history and visual art practice to discover and research a history of un-pregnancy (childlessness, trying to conceive and the ambiguity of early pregnancy) in the archives.

Kajsa Ekis Ekman,Journalist and activist, Dagens Nyheter, ETC, The Guardian,Kajsa Ekis Ekman is a journalist and activist who has authored extensive works on women's rights, among other subjects. Her book Being and Being Bought – Prostitution, Surrogacy and the Split Self (in which she turns a critical lens on the narratives which surround women and their bodies in the sex industry and the surrogacy industry) was published in 2013 by Spinifex Press.

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