Welcome to the latest Centre for Parenting Culture Studies (CPCS) newsletter. This goes to those who have attended events organised by CPCS, and others who have expressed an interest in the work of the Centre.
Ellie Lee, Director CPCS E.J.Lee@kent.ac.uk
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1. Upcoming events
We are pleased to give the final details below of two events being co-organised by CPCS this summer, Booking for both events will close 10 days prior to the event date.
Policing pregnancy: who should be a mother?
Thursday 18 May 2017, 09.15-16.45
Canterbury Christ Church University
Sessions will explore the impact of changing ideas about pregnancy, motherhood, responsibility and risk, mothers’ experiences and professional services:
Session 1: ‘Ideal pregnancies’ and the new family planning
Session 2: Bad bodies, bad choices? Behavioural advice and the pregnant woman
Session 3: Pregnancy surveillance and the medical profession
Session 4: Breastfeeding, guilt, and ideals of good motherhood
Doctors, Conscience and Abortion Provision
Thursday 29 June 2017, 09.30-18.30
Ground Floor, Cornwallis East Building, University of Kent, Canterbury
This event is one of a number taking place during 2017, the year of the 50th Anniversary of the 1967 Abortion Act. In common with other events, its aim is to promote critical reflection about this legislation. The programme overall will take ‘conscience’ as its core theme. The day will begin with a presentation by Professor Sally Sheldon about history of medical opinion in the development of the British Abortion law, based on work for the project ‘The Abortion Act: A Biography’. The programme includes discussion about research considering abortion provision in England based on new research led by Dr Ellie Lee, but we will also widen the lens and benefit from a comparative focus. We are delighted to be able to include Dr Lori Freedman and Professor Wendy Chavkin from the US as presenters.
Session1: Doctors and the Abortion Act 1967
Session 2: Abortion Providers: Doctors Who Do
Session3: Conscientious Objection: Doctors Who Don’t
2. Other upcoming events
Abortion Act 1967 Conference: A promise fulfilled?
The Abortion Act was passed on 27 October 1967, at the vanguard of a wave of liberalising change across the western world and directly inspiring reform in a number of other countries. This two-day conference takes place in the week of the fiftieth anniversary, at the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists, London.
3. Read and listen on
‘After the ‘need for … a father’: ‘the welfare of the child’ and ‘supportive parenting’ in assisted conception clinics in the UK’, Lee, Sheldon and Macvarish in Families, Relationships and Society. Available via Open Access.
‘Fertile Connections: Thinking across Assisted Reproductive Technologies and Parenting Culture Studies’, Faircloth and Gurtin, in Sociology. Available via Open Access.
‘Angry and Overwhelmed, the men who experience postnatal depression’, with comment from Ellie Lee
‘MPs to discuss reform of UK’s Victorian Era Abortion Law’, with comment from Ellie Lee.
‘The Therapeutic University’, by Frank Furedi.
See also updated webpages with AV material from CPCS. Follow the links here for all discussions we programmed filmed at the Battle of Ideas, and at our key conferences over the years.