Histories of Reproductive Risk: Antiquity to the Present

Reproductive Risk Workshop Poster
Event date: 
March 25, 2016 (All day) to March 26, 2016 (All day)
Keynote: Professor Jennifer Morgan
New York University
Co-Sponsored by: 
Center for Human Values, Council of the Humanties, Department of Classics, Department of History, Graduate School Postclassicisms Network, Program in the Ancient World, Program in Gender and Sexuality Studies, Program in History of Science

Histories of Reproductive Risk: Antiquity to the Present

March 25-26, 2016

There are pre-circulated papers for this workshop. The papers are password protected, to receive the password please email Wangui Muigai at wangui@princeton.edu or Anna Francesca Bonnell-Freidin  at abonnell@princeton.edu.

About the Workshop:
From Greco-Roman astrology and embryology to contemporary genetic testing, the quest to predict and manage the uncertainties of reproduction has spanned millennia and a range of scientific fields. Ancient debates continue to animate views about the reproductive body and the nature of fetal life. At the same time, innovations in the reproductive technology have renewed and transformed questions about the relationship between a woman and her fetus, birth control and abortive practices, and the nature of scientific expertise. This cross-disciplinary workshop brings together scholars working in the history of reproduction across different time periods and features four panels on different aspects of the human efforts to explain, assess, and control the uncertainties of the reproductive process.

Workshop Schedule:

Friday, March 25, 2016
Location: 211 Dickinson Hall

2:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. - Workshop Registration

2:30 p.m. - 2:45 p.m. - Welcoming Remarks
2:45 p.m. - 4:15 p.m. - Panel One, “Discriminating Births”

Dr. Rebecca Wynne Johnson, Borough of Manhattan Community College
“‘Bring water, for the boy lives’: Gender inequality in the resurrection of newborns, c. 1200-1500”

Wangui Muigai, Princeton University
“Cutting Ties: Race and Early Infant Survival in 19th and 20th Century America”

Respondent: Johanna Schoen, Rutgers University

4:15 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. - Break
4:30 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. - Keynote Address
“Partus Sequitur Ventrem: Considering Slave Law, Intimacy, and Privacy for the
History of Women in Slavery”
Dr. Jennifer Morgan (New York University)
Saturday, March 26, 2016
Location: 211 Dickinson Hall

9:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. - Panel Two, “Delicate Regimens”

Miranda Waggoner, Florida State University
“From the Womb to the Woman: Preconception Care and the Shifting Boundaries of Reproductive Risk”

Colin Webster, University of California, Davis
“Appetizing Abortifacients: Pregnancy and Risk in Graeco-Roman Antiquity”

Respondent:  Rebecca Flemming, University of Cambridge

10:30 a.m. -10:45 a.m. - Break
10:45 a.m. - 12:15 p.m. - Panel Three, “Communicating Outcomes”

Anna Bonnell-Freidin, Princeton University
“The Matter of the Mother: Risk and the Landscape in Greco-Roman Culture”

Andrew Hogan, Creighton University
“Making the Most of Uncertainty: Managing the Risk of the Unknown in Prenatal Diagnosis”

Respondent: Alexandra Stern, University of Michigan

12:15 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. - Break for Lunch    
1:30 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. - Panel 4, “Measuring the Female Body”

Scottie Hale Buehler, University of California, Los Angeles
“Obstetrical Danger in Eighteenth Century France: The Instruments of André Levret and the Hands of Madame du Coudray”

Jenna Healey, Yale University
“Catch-35: Maternal Age and Genetic Risk in Postwar America”

Respondent: Mary Fissell, Johns Hopkins University

3:00 p.m. - 3:15 p.m. - Break
3:15 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. - Roundtable Discussion
4:00-5:00 – Closing Reception
Location: 136 Dickinson Hall

Dr. Mary Fissell, Johns Hopkins University
Dr. Rebecca Flemming, University of Cambridge
Dr. Joanna Schoen, Rutgers University
Dr. Alexandra Minna Stern, University of Michigan
Anna Bonnell-Freidin, Princeton University
Scottie Buehler, University of Claifornia, Los Angeles
Jenna Healy, Yale University
Dr. Andrew Hogan, Creighton University
Rebecca Johnson, Princeton University
Wangui Muigai, Princeton University
Dr. Miranda Waggoner, Florida International University
Dr. Colin Webster, University of California, Davis

This workshop is organized by graduate students Wangui Muigai (History of Science) and Anna Bonnell-Friedin (Classics), and by the advisement of Professor Elizabeth M. Armstrong, Department of Sociology and Professor Erika Milam, Program in the History of Science.
Area of Interest: 
Consumer History
Family History
Gender & Sexuality
Legal History
Medicine & Health
Public History
Social History
United States
Late Antiquity
6th through 14th Centuries
15th & 16th Centuries
17th & 18th Centuries
19th Century
20th Century
21st Century