Making love, making gender, making babies in the 1950s, 1960s and 1970s

Making love, making gender, making babies in the 1950s, 1960s and 1970s

6-7 September
CRASSH, Alison Richard Building West Rd, Cambridge

Registration is now open. Please visit

By the end of the twentieth century, a combination of profound social
changes and major techno-scientific innovations had reorganized ‘the sexual
field’ into three separate systems. The early twentieth century distinction
between sexual pleasure and reproduction was supplemented by one between
biological ‘sex’ and social ‘gender’, in which the figures of ‘the
transsexual’ and ‘transgender’ were central, with the category of ‘gender’
eventually peeling off to have an entirely different historical destiny.
While the phrase ‘Sexual Revolution’ once evoked changes in sexual mores
and contraceptive practices of the 1960s and after, this ‘revolution’ may
have been part of a larger reconfiguration of the pleasure-, gender- and
reproductive-systems – the last of which became an autonomous medical
industry assisting reproduction by the end of the century. This conference
will allow a comparison of the political and ethical debates over medical
and cultural innovations in ‘sex’, ‘gender’ and ‘reproduction’ over the
period 1950-1970.

Presenters: Dagmar Herzog (Graduate Center City University of New York),
Gert Hekma (University of Amsterdam), Richard Green (Imperial College
London), Ilana Löwy (Centre de Recherche Medicine CNRS), Naomi Pfeffer
(University College London), Lisa Downing (University of Birmingham),
Joanna Bourke (Birkbeck University of London).

For further details, including online registration and programme, visit

Supported by Generation to Reproduction and the Centre for Research in the
Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities.

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