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Centre for the History of Science, Technology and Medicine

Politics and practices: the history of post-war women's health

Centre for the History of Science, Technology and Medicine, University of Manchester
Friday 22 - Saturday 23 October 2010

With support from the Wellcome Trust and the Royal Historical Society.

We invite interested researchers to join us for this two-day conference, which will showcase recent scholarship and current work-in-progress on the politics, policy and practice of women's health after 1945.


[download the programme as pdf]


Session 1 (13:00 - 14:30)
Ambivalent productions: Culture, biology and the female body

Emma Jones (University of Manchester)
Unrecognised Illness or Social Construction? Responses to Premenstrual Syndrome from within the Women's Health Movement

Joanna Baines (University of Manchester)
Too Female to Live? Feminisation, Individualisation and Agency in Cancer Personality Discourse

Katherine Angel (University of Warwick)
Female Sexual Dysfunction?: Biological Psychiatry and Post-Feminism

Session 2: (15:00 - 17:00)
Prescribing femininity? Biomedical discourses in practice

Rose Elliot (University of Glasgow)
Miscarriage in 20th-century Britain

Gayle Davis (University of Edinburgh)
The Deception of Conception: Infertility and Artificial Insemination in 1950s Scotland

Yolanda Eraso (Oxford Brookes University)
Gendering Breast Cancer Treatments in International Perspective

Tracey Loughran, Cardiff University
Bloody Women: Feminist Reclamations and Rejections of Menstruation in 1970s Britain

Session 3 (17:15 - 18:15)
Conference Keynote

Judith Houck (University of Wisconsin-Madison)
Political Practices: Feminist Health Activism and Feminist History


Session 4 (9:00 - 11:00)
Reproduction and reconstruction: Motherhood and the post-war nation-state

Aya Homei (University of Manchester)
Reproductive Men and Women in the Reconstructing Japan, 1945-1952

Darshi Thoradeniya (University of Warwick)
Of Emergences and Subjugations: Family Planning in Sri Lanka, 1953-2003

Katarzyna Stanczak-Wislicz (Polish Academy of Sciences)
Political Motherhood and the Experience of Mothering in Post-War Poland

Pamela Schievenin (Queen Mary, University of London)
Protecting Working Mothers' Health: Left-wing Women Politicians and the Struggle for a Modern Welfare State in Italy, 1948-1975

Session 5 (11:30 - 13:00)
Women, health care professionals, and the creation of post-war medicine

Susan Snoxall (Independent Scholar)
The Part Played by Chelsea Hospital for Women following the Second World War and the Commencement of the NHS

Jennifer Walke (London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine)
Gender and Madness in Post-War Bethlem: A Meeting of Minds?

Anne MacLellan (University College Dublin)
Dorothy Price and the Introduction of BCG Vaccination to Ireland

Session 6 (14:00 - 16:00)
Feminism, consumerism, and health organisations

Angela Davis (University of Warwick)
Educational Organisation, Pressure Group or Social Network? The National Childbirth Trust in Britain c. 1957-2000

Angela Grainger (London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine)
Calling All Women: Women's Organisations and the Campaign for the Cervical Smear Test in 1960s Britain

Christabelle Sethna (University of Ottawa)
London Calling: Canadian Women and Abortion Tourism, 1960-1980

Alex Mold (London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine)
Feminism, Consumerism or Activism? Understanding the Role of Patient Groups in Post-War Britain

Closing discussion (16:20 - 17:00)

Attendance is free, but there will be a charge for meals.  For more details about the conference location and events, and to confirm attendance, please contact the conference organisers, Dr Emma Jones and Dr Elizabeth Toon.


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