This seminar will historically situate and theorize twentieth- and twenty-first-century ideas about the influence of the mother's behaviors, experiences, and physiology on the fate of her growing embryo. Of specialist interest are the gendered implications of important emerging trends in the biomedical sciences - such as epigenetics - that are presently of broad public and scholarly interest. The fall seminar will consist of four seminar meetings in which visiting scholars will present papers or lead workshops on the social, historical, and gender dimensions of emerging research on the maternal-fetal interface. The seminar will culminate in a spring symposium that will engage scientists, humanists, and social scientists in interdisciplinary exchange framed by questions honed by our seminar discussions.
Please note that for fall seminar sessions, suggested readings will be circulated two weeks in advance with RSVP.
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