Past Seminars

The Centre for Reproduction Research (CRR), formerly the Reproduction Research Group (RRG) hold a number of seminars throughout the year. 

Please see below for information on previous seminars. Details of our forthcoming seminars and booking instructions will be available via the Centre website. If you wish to be put on our mailing list so that you can be advised of future seminars please contact



Wednesday 3 April 2019, 12-1:30 - Dr Pam Lowe, Aston University, ‘Constructing Abortion Harm: The interplay of ‘science’ and ‘sin’ in anti-abortion activism at abortion clinics’

Wednesday 30 January 2019, 12 – 1.30 - Ilana Lowy, Inserm, Paris - ‘Prenatal diagnosis and disability rights’

Wednesday 28 November 2018, 12 – 1.30, Dr Sayani Mitra, University of Goettingen, Germany, 'Technological fixes and reproductive disruptions during commercial surrogacy in India'

Wednesday 10 October 12– 1.30 PhDs in progress session: Three of our PhD students will be presenting an overview of their research:

-          Victoria Crowdell - Selling hope? Investigating the UK IVF industry and the case of fertility treatment add-ons

-          Sasha Loyal - Exploring perceptions of reproductive timing within British South Asian communities: A qualitative study

-          Sumaira Rashid – An ethnographic study of the social, cultural and biomedical construction of menopause in Punjab, Pakistan




Wednesday 13 June 12:00-1:30 - Associate Prof Christa Craven, College of Wooster, Ohio -‘LGBTQ Parents and Reproductive Loss: Public Scholarship, Precarity, and Possibilities’


Wednesday 16 May 12:00-1:30 - Prof Joyce Harper, University College London - ‘The current status and future of reproductive genetics: is GATTACA here?’


Wednesday 25 April 12:00 - 1:30 - Prof Linda Layne, Visiting Scholar at the Reproductive Sociology Research Group, University of Cambridge - 'What Kind of a Family Do We Want to Be?’: One American Single Mother by Choice Family as a Case Study of Neo-Liberal Self-Regulation and the Cultivation of Entrepreneurial Subjects'


Monday 16 April 12:00 - 1:30 - Dr Kinneret Lahad, National Council of Jewish Women (NCJW) Women and Gender Studies Program, Tel Aviv University - 'Singlehood and the violent effects of temporal normativity’


Wednesday 21 March 12:00 – 1:30 - Dr Ilke Turkmendag, Newcastle Law School, Newcastle University - ‘Epigenetic Imaginaries in Remaking Reproductive Responsibility’


Wednesday 21 February 2018, 12.00 – 1.30 - Wendy Norton, De Montfort University -  'Gay men’s journeys to parenthood via surrogacy:  an exploratory study of UK residents'.


Wednesday 24 January 2018, 12.00 – 1.30 - Jessica Hepburn, author of ‘The Pursuit of Motherhood’ and founder of - 'Reflections on a Personal Journey through the World of Infertility'.


Wednesday 22 November 2017 12:00-1:30 - Damian Riggs, Flinders University - ‘Navigating reproductive desires and demands in the context of fertility preservation for transgender people’.


Wednesday 11 October 2017 12:00-1:30 - Dr Cathy Herbrand, De Montfort University - ‘Genetic Inheritance and Reproductive Processes through the lens of Mitochondrial Donation’



Please see here for full details of seminars in 2016/2017. 



Please see here for full details of seminars in 2015/2016.



Please see here for full details of seminars in 2014/2015.












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