Free Access to Special Issue on Politics of Women’s Health in South Africa

Dear All,

Greetings from Stellenbosch!

For the next 2 weeks our Agenda journal special issue on “The Politics of Women’s Health in South Africa” will be available online for free:

Correspondence about this project is welcomed off-list.

Kind Regards


Mandisa Mbali, DPhil (Oxon)
Social Anthropology
Stellenbosch University

Published in: on August 31, 2012 at 9:36 am  Leave a Comment  

Fellowship in the History of American Obstetrics and Gynecology



The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists sponsors one $5,000.00 fellowship in the History of American Obstetrics and Gynecology each year. The recipient of the fellowship spends one month in the Washington DC area working full-time to complete their specific historical research project.


Although the fellowship will be based in the College’s History Library, the fellow is encouraged to use other national, historical, and medical collections in the Washington DC area. The results of this research must be disseminated through either publication or presentation at a professional meeting.



Applications and further information about the fellowship can be obtained by contacting:



Debra G. Scarborough, Special Collections Librarian

Resource Center

The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists

P.O. Box 96920

Washington, DC 20024-6920


(202) 863-2578

(202) 863-5401 (fax)



The application form and additional information is also posted on the College website under “About ACOG” – “ACOG Departments” – “Resource Center” at





Selection will be made and the recipient notified as soon as possible after the deadline so that the fellowship may begin as early as late Fall 2012.




Debra G. Scarborough, MLS AHIP
Special Collections Librarian
American College of Obstetricians & Gynecologists
409 12th St. SW,  Washington, DC 20024-2188
202-863-2578 / 202-863-5401(fax) /

Published in: on August 27, 2012 at 12:57 pm  Leave a Comment  

CFP: Infertility in History

Infertility in History, Science and Culture


The infertile woman is a familiar figure in popular culture. Soap operas dramatise the tragedy of infertility, right-wing tabloids threaten career women with the horrors of involuntary childlessness, and the news media greets each new breakthrough in reproductive technology with a strange combination of celebration and dread at the potential Brave New World we are sleep-walking towards. This portrayal of a realm where science fiction threatens to spill over into fact adds to our sense of infertility as a peculiarly modern condition. Yet there is a longer history of involuntary childlessness – a history which stretches back to the Book of Genesis and beyond – as well as many different potential experiences of infertility according to nation, class, gender, and race.


This symposium will explore the history of infertility, and the place of infertility in science and culture. Our primary focus is historical, but we welcome contributions from scholars in different disciplines and employing a range of approaches – social scientific, literary, feminist, psychological, and legal. We aim to bring together researchers working on this fascinating and under-explored field in order to better understand historical and contemporary representations and experiences of infertility across different cultures and from different perspectives. Potential topics for papers include, but are not limited to:


–          the role of gender, class and race in shaping experiences and representations of infertility;

–          individual, familial, and social contexts of infertility;

–          infertility as a bodily and/or psychological experience;

–          heterosexuality, homosexuality, and involuntary childlessness;

–          reproductive science and access to reproductive technologies;

–          the interplay of medical, scientific, and cultural understandings of infertility;

–          the role of politics, law, and religion in shaping experiences of and attitudes towards infertility;

–          changing experiences of infertility across time and space, including comparative histories;

–          the relation of perceptions of infertility to beliefs about fertility control, the constitution and social role of the family, and sexuality;

–          different disciplinary approaches to infertility.


An edited collection based on the presented papers is planned.


The symposium is co-convened by Gayle Davis (University of Edinburgh) and Tracey Loughran (Cardiff University). It will be held at the University of Edinburgh on 4-5 July 2013. Abstracts of 250 words, for papers of 20-30 minutes, should be sent to by 25th January 2013.

Published in: on August 27, 2012 at 12:56 pm  Leave a Comment