CFP: Perceptions of Pregnancy: From the Medieval to the Modern, University of Hertfordshire, 2014

Deadline: 1 February 2014

Perceptions of Pregnancy: From the Medieval to the Modern. Organised by School of Humanities, University of Hertfordshire, 16 – 18 July 2014

This three day conference aims to bring together scholars working across a range of  disciplines, time periods and global perspectives to examine perceptions of pregnancy throughout history. Papers are welcomed on a range of issues, including, but not limited to:

-Pregnancy, including the pregnant body and the experience of pregnancy,
-Unlawful pregnancy, including rape, incest and sexual abuse,
-Fertility and infertility, including IVF, miscarriage and still-birth,
-Abortion and contraception, including pro-life and pro-choice debate,
-Parenthood, single parenthood, and infanticide.

Potential themes for discussion are:

-Magic, ritual and religion,
-Technology and medicine,
-Gender, including male involvement and experiences,
-Government policy and politics,
-Work life, domesticity and childcare.

The keynote speakers will be Professor Joanne Bailey (Oxford Brooks Univeristy) and Dr Elaine Farrell (Queen’s University Belfast).

300-word proposals for twenty-minute papers should be sent to the conference organisers by 1 February 2014. We welcome postgraduate papers. Informal enquiries can be directed to Dr Jennifer Evans ( and Dr Ciara Meehan (

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