Non-Reproduction: Politics, Ethics, Aesthetics

A Two-Day Interdisciplinary Symposium at Birkbeck, University of London

Thurs 31 January & Friday 1 February 2013

Day 1: Room B34, Birkbeck Main Building, London, WC1E 7HX

9:30-10:00: Registration

10:00: Welcome and introductions

Panel 1: Reproductive decisions

Chair: Jo Winning, Birkbeck, University of London

10:15-10:35: Intimate citizenship and the procreative norm: Bulgaria, Norway, Portugal & UK (Sasha Roseneil, Birkbeck, University of London)

10:35-10:55: Between transformation and normalization: bisexual women’s and their partners’ constructions of having children (Annukka Lahti, University of Jyväskylä, Finland)

10:55-11:15: Anticipatory Reproduction: Representing oocyte cryopreservation (Lucy van de Wiel, Amsterdam School of Cultural Analysis (ASCA), University of Amsterdam)

11:15-11:45: Discussion 1

11:45-13:00: Lunch (own arrangements)

13:00-14.15: Time and Again: Repetition, maternity and the non-reproductive (Lisa Baraitser, Birkbeck, University of London)

14.15-14.45: Tea and coffee (B29)

Panel 2: Contemporary literature and the non-reproductive

Chair: Bianca Leggett, Birkbeck, University of London

14:45-15:05: The Impossibility of Narrative: The naturalist aesthetic in J.G. Ballard’s post-pill world (Rachael Stanley, University of Nottingham)

15:05-15:25: Freedom and its Discontents: recreational sex, neoliberalism and the non-reproductive body-politic in Bret Easton Ellis’s The Rules of Attraction (Edward Powell, University of Leeds)

15:25-15:45: Anorexia and Dehumanisation: Artistic and biological reproduction in A. S. Byatt’s ‘A Body Art’ (Benedetta Liorsi, University of Lancaster)

15:45-16:15: Discussion 2

16:15-16:30: Wrap-up

17:00-20:00: Wine reception – Peltz Room, Ground Floor, Birkbeck School of Arts, 43 Gordon Square, London, WC1H 0PD. The wine reception will be hosted jointly with the MaMSIE research network (Mapping Maternal Subjectivities, Identities and Ethics) and will celebrate the launch of a special issue of Studies in the Maternal on ‘Austerity Parenting’ as well as the new MaMSIE website and blog. 

Day 2: Room B35, Birkbeck Main Building, London, WC1E 7HX

Panel 3, Queer modernism

Chair: Cathryn Setz, King’s College London

9:30-9:50: Djuna Barnes and the Death Drive (Ery Shin, University of Oxford)

9:50-10:10: Copied: Charlotte Perkins Gilman and queer reproduction (Ben Nichols, King’s College London)

10:10- 10:30: Discussion 3

10:30-10:50: Tea and coffee (B04)

Panel 4, Film and futurity

Chair: Mandy Merck, Royal Holloway, University of London

10:50-11:10: “Kill the child and you kill the future”: Re-establishing reproduction in cinematic portrayals of parental bereavement (Katie Barnett, University of Birmingham)

11:10-11:30: “Let the sky fall/When it crumbles/We will stand tall”: James Bond resurrected as a sinthomosexual, still saves the British establishment (Nick Hocking, Birkbeck College, University of London)

11:30-11:50: Discussion 4

11:50 Short comfort break

Panel 5, Voluntary childlessness

Chair: Sigal Spigel, University of Cambridge

12:00-12:20: Voluntary Childlessness: A critical review of the literature (Gilla Shapiro, London School of Economics and Political Science)

12:20-12:40: Women who choose not to reproduce (Rose O’Driscoll, Cardiff Metropolitan University)

12:40-13:00: Discussion 5

13:00-14:00: Lunch (own arrangements)

Panel 6: Reproduction and Art

Chair: Fiona Johnstone, Birkbeck, University of London

14:00-14:20: Shouts and Murmurs: Textual repetition as visual documents and verbal utterances in Sue Tompkins’ artwork (Kim Dhillon, Royal College of Art)

14:20-14:40: ‘Mother Artists’: Ideas of non-reproduction explored through visual culture (Rebecca Baillie, Independent Scholar)

14:40-15:00: Discussion 6

15:00-15:30: Tea and coffee (B04)

15:30-16:45: Anti-, Non-, Post-Reproduction (Nina Power, University of Roehampton)

16:45-17:00 Wrap-up, moving on to dinner & drinks in the Bloomsbury area


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