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WHEN WAS REPRODUCTION INVENTED?

Thursday 17 October: 6:00pm - 7:30pm

St John's College Fisher Building, St John’s Street, CB2 1TP

From abortion to climate crisis, intimate experiences to planetary policy, reproduction presents urgent challenges today. This debate invites participants to stand back and take a long view.
The panellists, including the editors of the field-defining synthesis, Reproduction: Antiquity to the Present Day (Cambridge, 2018), will lead a discussion of when, how and for what purposes reproduction as we know it was made.
At one extreme, we could give reproduction a history that goes back to the evolution of life on earth. At the other, we might highlight the major changes of the decades after World War II, such as the pill and in vitro fertilization. But strong cases can be made for periods in between—for ancient Greek philosophers, medieval priests, Enlightenment savants and Malthusian couples—and this event will also consider their claims.
Nick Hopwood, Professor of History of Science and Medicine in the Department of History and Philosophy of Science at the University of Cambridge, organised the event and his fellow panellists are all University of Cambridge experts: Rebecca Flemming, Senior Lecturer in Classics (Ancient History), Susan Golombok, Professor of Family Research and Lauren Kassell, Professor of History of Science and Medicine. The Chair is Jim Secord, Professor of History and Philosophy of Science.

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Age: Adults, Talk, Arrive on time, Free

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