Feminist Postgraduate Reading Group Senate House Library
‘Body Politics and Reproductive Technologies’
First session: Monday February 4th 6.30 pm in Senate House Library, Room 246
The politics of the body and reproductive rights have been central to feminist scholarship and activism throughout the last century. In this semester the reading group revisits classic texts on embodiment and reproduction, which offer alternative ways of knowing and living the body. We will discuss the political implications of radical non-reproductivity, egg freezing, transnational surrogacy and queering reproduction. Combining insights from social sciences and humanities, our approach is interdisciplinary and attends to the representation of reproductive and non-reproductive bodies in photography, documentary film, literature and feminist thinking. Throughout the term, we intend to put our own lived experience of the broader implications of contemporary body and reproductive politics centre stage in the discussions, honouring the assertion that the personal is political as well as a resource for critical reflection. This informal postgraduate reading group offers the opportunity to read and discuss feminist writing. It is open to anyone interested from any discipline or institution. The discussion is based around the reading of theoretical material alongside literary or cultural texts, iconographic materials and film. Participants are welcome to attend regularly or occasionally. We are a friendly and welcoming group, always looking for new input. For more information or to be added to our mailing list please contact us. A Facebook page is also under construction, and readings for next week can be downloaded.