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Cultures of Birthing – in transition

International Online Symposium, in cooperation with the Institute of Sociology and the Society for Sociology at the University of Graz (GSU)

10 & 11 November 2020

While in recent years the discussions about birth and birthing have been dominated by birth increasingly becoming a 'project', which is also accompanied by increasing institutionalization and specific medicalization, there is currently a transition in the birthing process. Evermore, delivering persons themselves (again) articulate criticism of the processes surrounding their birth experiences. Against the background of these critiques of current birthing cultures, the contributions of the international online symposium illuminate the current changes in giving birth and the 'event of birth' from various perspectives. They approach the developments in experience, concrete conditions and practices of birthing from a historical-cultural-comparative, gender- and knowledge-sociological perspective by means of qualitative and theoretical approaches and examine the resulting social, cultural and subject-related fields of tension.

Information: We will use Zoom for the online conference.

(changes possible)

Tuesday, 10 November 2020

14:00 | Greeting and introduction

14:30 to 16:00 |
Die Gefühle der Gebärenden. Eine Geschichte somatischer Emotionalität
Prof. Dr.phil Lisa Malich (University Lübeck, Germany)

16:30 to 18:00 |
Traumgeburt oder Geburtstrauma? Zum neuen Unbehagen an der Geburt
Dr. habil. Sabine Flick (University Graz, Austria)

Wednesday, 11 November 2010

10:00 | Greeting and introduction

10:15 to 11:45 |
Birth and the politics of un/happiness
Dr. Rachelle Chadwick (University of Pretoria, South Africa)

11:45 to 12:00 | Wrap-up


Senior Fellows Junior Fellows
Dr. habil. Sabine Flick Friederike M. Hesse, B. Sc., B. A., M. A.
Prof. Dr. Stephan Moebius Franziska Marek, B. A., M. A.


Registration deadline: Tuesday, 3 November 2020

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