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Wednesday, 26 January 2011

Something else on my dance-card

The Birth of the Birth Control Clinic
Friday 11th March 2011
Part of the IHR@90 events
ST274/275, Stewart House
Organised in conjunction with the University of Exeter

In 1921 Marie Stopes opened the first of her pioneering birth clinics. Her work and its legacy and the subsequent history of family planning are explored in this one day-conference organised in conjunction with the University of Exeter.

Topics to be covered include Dora Russell, maternity provision in colonial India and the history of contraception. Speakers include Lesley Hall (UCL), Kate Fisher (Exeter), Stephen Brooke (York, Canada) and Sarah Hodges (Warwick).

For further information, please contact Registrations open on 31st January 2011
Draft Programme

10.00:         Registration and Coffee

10.15:         Welcome and Introduction

10.30:         Lesley Hall (Wellcome Library), Situating Stopes, or putting Marie in her proper place

11.30:         Coffee

11.45:         Contexts      

                    Stephen Brooke (York, Canada), Dora Russell and Marie Stopes title tbc
                    Sarah Hodges (Warwick), Married Love among Madras's Neo-Malthusians
                    Anne Bergin (NUI, Maynooth), From the Wop to the Bed: the modernisation of midwifery from handy woman to the professional midwife in Ireland, c.1800-1900.

1.00:           Lunch

1.30:           Suzanne Klausen (Carleton), Marie Stopes and birth control in South Africa

2.30:           After Stopes

                    Lara Marks, Panacea or Poisoned Chalice? A History of the Contraceptive Pill
                    Tania McIntosh (Nottingham), Methods and beliefs: family planning in Sheffield and Nottingham, 1925-35
                    Amanda Raphael (Queen Mary University of London), The history of natural childbirth title tbc

3.45:            Tea

4.00:            Christina Hauck (Kansas State), ‘Our Ostriches’: a birth control play by Marie Stopes title tbc

5.15:             Reception

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