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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Past Events 2013 - 14

Hannah Landecker, University of California, Los Angeles
In the Aftermath of Categories: Metabolism, Reproduction, and Epigenetics
Miranda Waggoner, Princeton University
Programming the Fetus: Metaphor, Technology, and Population Health in the Postgenomic Age
Martine Lappé, UCLA Institute for Society and Genetics
Autism, the Maternal-Fetal Interface, and the Reconceptualization of Environmental Risk
Sarah Richardson, Harvard University
The Maternal Mystique: Knowing and Unknowing the Maternal-Fetal Interface
Aryn Martin, York University, Toronto
Is the Fetus Really an Organ Transplant? The Limits of Self-Talk in Immunology and Microchimerism Research
The Maternal Imprint: An Interdisciplinary Symposium on the Science of the Maternal-Fetal Interface

Past Events 2012 - 13

Ivy Schweitzer, Dartmouth College
"Making Equals: Classical Friendship and Contemporary Theory"
Michael Amico, Yale University
"Surpassing the Love of Marriage: Christianity and the Friendship between Two Civil War Soldiers"
Lisa Merrill, Hofstra University
"Charlotte Cushman’s Same-Sex Networks of Affection, Affiliation and Advocacy Against the Background of the United States Civil War"
Robert Reid-Pharr, City University of New York
"Pre-Packaged Rebellion: Langston Hughes, Federico Garcia Lorca, and the Economies of Queer Martyrdom"

Past Events 2011 - 12

Faith Smith, Brandeis University
"Sex and the Citizen: Interrogating the Caribbean"
Svati Shah, University of Massachusetts, Amherst
"Queer Cities and Rural Uprisings? Mapping New Frames of Modernity in India"
Keridwen Luis, Harvard University
“’Who Is Your Teacher?’ ‘You're Standing on Her’: Constructing Identity, Gender, and Community on Women's Land”
Christina Sharpe, Tufts University
”The Lie at the Center of Everything”
Monica White Ndounou, Tufts University
“Drama for 'Neglected People': Recovering Anna Julia Cooper's Dramatic Theory and Criticism from the Shadows of W.E.B. DuBois and Alain Locke"
Robin Bernstein, Harvard University
"Hand Knife Photograph: Performing Lesbian Histories"

Past Events 2010 - 11

Chaitanya Lakkimsetti, Harvard University
"'HIV is our Friend': Prostitution, Biopower and State in Postcolonial India"
Eng-Beng Lim, Brown University
"The Tropic Heat of G.A.P (Gay Asian Princess) Drama"
Inderpal Grewal, Yale University
"Outsourcing Patriarchy: National Anxieties, Transnational Mediations"
Eve Sicular, Independent writer, scholar, and filmmaker
"The Celluloid Closet of Yiddish Film: Queer Subtext in a Cinema of Diaspora"
Sarah Richardson, Harvard University
"Gendering the Genome: The Emerging Concept of Sex Differences in Human Genome Research"
Kimberly Juanita Brown, Northeastern University
"Framing Slavery's Black Embodiment: Photographic Incantations of the Visual"