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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 

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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

View the full programme online here.

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

Read about the speakers and their talks here.

Tickets are £45 for the day and there are free places available for students – book your place here. If you have any questions about the event, please contact Jennie Bristow.

Doctors, Conscience and Abortion Provision 

Thursday 29 June 2017, 09.30-18.30

Ground Floor, Cornwallis East Building, University of Kent, Canterbury

View the full programme online here.

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

Book your place for the event here (this event is free to attend, and places will be allocated on a first come basis). PGR students are invited to submit posters, details can be found here.

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.

View full details online here.

3. Read and listen on

Journal articles

‘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.

Media mentions

‘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.

AV resources 

‘Can Neuroparenting Save the Family?’ Battle of Ideas, 2016

‘The Moral Case for Abortion’ Battle of Ideas, 2016

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.