The schedule has been announced for the Reimagining Birth International Research Symposium, taking place at the Humanities Institute, University College Dublin (UCD) from the 2- 3 July 2013.  

How has childbirth been portrayed/represented/imagined in the worlds of art and medicine? What do these images tell us about our cultural relationship with birth? This interdisciplinary research symposium will provide an opportunity for contemporary critical debates into the visual culture of childbirth.  This will be a unique opportunity for researchers and practitioners to explore/discuss the visual and sensorial culture of birth, and to contribute to our reimagining of this fundamental personal life experience for mother and child.  Central to the vision of this project is the ambition to build connections between interested parties, providing a forum for transcending current knowledge silos and contributing to innovative change in this important personal/cultural domain of human experience. This interdisciplinary research symposium is developed and hosted by UCD PhD Candidates Doreen Balabanoff and Martina Hynan. 
Guest speakers are:

Pauline Cummins, Artist and Lecturer, National College of Art & Design, Dublin
Maralyn Foureur, Professor of Midwifery, University of Technology, Sydney, Australia
Helen Knowles, Artist & Curator of Birth Rites Collection, housed between Royal College of Gynaecologists & Obstetricians, London & Salford University Midwifery Depatment, Manchester
Jo Murphy-Lawless, Sociologist, Adjunct Assistant Professor, School of Nursing & Midwifery, Trinity College Dublin

The schedule can be found here.

The registration fee is €30.00 if you register before 20 June;  €40.00 after that date.  This fee will cover the cost of attending both days of the symposium and will include tea / coffee.

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