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 Fertility and Reproduction Seminars: 2009-2011

Cousin Marriages and the Medicalisation of Spouse Selection

Michaelmas Term 2011

11:00 am – 12:30 pm, Seminar Room, 61 Banbury Road

Credit: Sony Stark

Week 1          Saskia Walentowitz, University of Berne

10th Oct       “We are like gold: without alloys, we won’t stand upright”: Siblingship, close-kin marriage and the autopoïetic dynamics of Tuareg kinship

Week 2         Dawn Chatty, University of Oxford and Nisrine Mansour, University of Oxford

17th Oct      “They aren’t all first cousins”: Bedouin marriage in Lebanon


Week 3         Alison Shaw, University of Oxford

24th Oct       Why does British Pakistani cousin marriage persist despite an established discourse of genetic risk?

Week 4         Claire Beaudevin, Cermes3 (CNRS UMR 8211) / University Paris Descartes

31st Oct       Composite proximity, genetic burden and social value:  cousin marriage and inherited blood disorders in the Sultanate of Oman

Week 5         Laila Prager, University of Münster

7th Nov        From shared ‘blood’ to ‘religious genes’: Modern bio-medical discourses and changing practices of cousin marriage in southeastern Turkey

Week 6         Edien Bartels, Oka Storms, Marieke Teeuw, Pascal Borry and Leo ten Kate, Vrije University/VU University Medical Center, Amsterdam

14th Nov      Genetic risk and its influence on partner choice: the views of Turks and Moroccans in the Netherlands

Week 7         Anika Liversage, National Centre for Social Research, Denmark and Mikkel Rytter, Aarhus University

21st Nov      “A cousin marriage is a forced marriage!” Rules, discourses and strategies of immigrant cousin marriages in Denmark

Week 8          Aviad Raz, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev

28th Nov      Dor Yesharim and the reinforcement of stigma: selective incorporation of premarital carrier testing into traditional

                      matchmaking processes among ultra-orthodox Jews in Israel

Conveners: Alison Shaw, Aviad Raz and Philip Kreager

Reproduction, Family and Changing Concepts of Childhood


Michaelmas Term 2010


Mondays, 11 am–12:30 pm, Seminar Room, 61 Banbury Road

Week 1         Philip Kreager, Oxford University

11th Oct       Whose child? Whose children? Indonesian reflections on the ends of reproduction

Week 2         Maya Unnithan, Sussex University and Sylvie Dubuk, Oxford University

18th Oct      Child sex-selection among Indian couples in Britain


Week 3        Daniel Sellen, University of Toronto

25th Oct      Infant and young child nutrition and care: Diversities, disparities and inequities

Week 4         Zeynep Gurtin-Broadbent, Cambridge University

1st Nov        Conceiving children: Turkish IVF patients and imagined parenthood

Week 5         Heather Montgomery, Open University

8th Nov       Childhood and global reproduction

Week 6         Shirin Garmaroudi, Tuebingen                             

15th Nov     Changes in the concept of childhood? Kinship and reproduction in the contemporary Shiite Iran

Week 7         Daphna Carmeli-Birenbaum, Haifa University

22nd Nov     Blessed with children: Israeli reproduction in the age of globalisation

Week 8         Marcia Inhorn, Yale University

29th Nov      ‘He won’t be my son’: Middle Eastern Muslim men’s discourses of adoption and gamete donation

Conveners: Soraya Tremayne, Renate Barber and Nadine Beckmann

Reproduction and Age

Michaelmas Term 2009

Mondays, 11 am–12:30 pm, Seminar Room, 61 Banbury Road

Week 1          Renate Barber, Oxford University

12th Oct       Changing reproductive ages

Week 2         Ann Berrington, University of Southampton

19th Oct       Fertility Postponement and Recuperation: demographic trends in childbearing in Europe  

Week 3         Christina Hellmich, Reading University

26th Oct       Overcoming early marriage - improving women's reproductive health?

Week 4         Philip Kreager, Oxford University

2nd Nov       Who is disadvantaged by population ageing? Looking beneath the demographic models to the   ethnography in Indonesia

Week 5         Maya Unnithan, Sussex University

9th Nov       Culture and reproductive ageing

Week 6         Aditiya Baradwaj, Edinburgh University                                 

16th Nov     The long road to conception: infertility, suffering and assisted conception in India

Week 7         Michael Parker and Soraya Tremayne, Oxford University:

23rd Nov     Understanding the ethical implications of reproductive age in global context

Week 8         ABernhard Hadolt, University of Vienna

30th Nov      Timing parenthood: age, technicity and reproductive decision making in the era of assisted reproductive technology

Conveners: Renate Barber, Philip Kreager and Soraya Tremayne

Seminar Themes since 1998:

  • Fertility: Links between fertility and sexuality, reproductive ecology, identity, adoption , ageing, and infertility.

  • Population: Population mobility and regulation of fertility, the significance of mortality, population policies, objectifying demographic identities.

  • Assisted reproductive technologies: Sterilisation, gamete donation, procreative liberty and the future of children, bioethics.

  • Methodological issues: Quantitative and qualitative methods of studying reproductive health, the contribution of anthropology to reproductive health studies and policies.

  • Motherhood: Development programmes and safe motherhood, birth practices, maternal and child health.

  • Childbirth practices: Birth in marginal places, unattended birth, multiple fatherhood, birth and religion.

  • Ethnobotany, fertility and sexuality: Use of plants and herbs in fertility, infertility, gender and ethnobotany.

  • Body weight and reproduction: Cultural perspectives on the body, nutrition  and reproductive practices.

  • Reproduction, religion and law

  • Reproduction and kinship

  • Age and reproduction

  • Religion, sexuality and transgression

  • Sexuality and reproduction


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