Configuring maternal, foetal and   infant embodiment in the      context of biopolitics    Deborah Lupton, Department of  ...
My related research• Biopolitical dimensions of medicine and public health• Risk and everyday life• First-time parenthood:...
Time magazine heralds the advent of               IVF
Embryo at 7 weeks of gestation
7-week embryo specimen from ectopic        pregnancy, Wikipedia
The Visible Embryo Project
The commodification of preborn body             images
‘Embryo Princess’ from the animation      series ‘Adventure Time’
Lennart Nilsson pic 1
Lennart Nilsson pic 2
Lennart Nilsson pic 3
3/4D obstetric ultrasound
Pro-life pic 1
Pro-life pic 2
Angel foetuses with embryos
God’s Little Ones
Pro-life display dolls
BodyWorlds Exhibition
Misbehaving Mums to Be
US Time magazine, 21 May 2012
Theoretical perspectives• Risk society, reflexive  modernisation, individualisation (Beck and  Beck-Gernsheim)• Biopolitic...
Theoretical perspectives 2• Gendered  embodiment, permeability, liquidities, ambig  uity, Self/Other  (Grosz, Shildrick, K...
Blurring of boundaries of       bodies/selves    maternal body/selfchild/infant/foetus/embryo/pre-conceived embryo
Configuring maternal, foetal and infant embodiment in the context of biopolitics
Configuring maternal, foetal and infant embodiment in the context of biopolitics
Configuring maternal, foetal and infant embodiment in the context of biopolitics
Configuring maternal, foetal and infant embodiment in the context of biopolitics
Configuring maternal, foetal and infant embodiment in the context of biopolitics
Configuring maternal, foetal and infant embodiment in the context of biopolitics
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Seminar paper given at the Biopolitics of Science Network seminar series by Deborah Lupton, 16 May 2012 at the University of Sydney.

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Configuring maternal, foetal and infant embodiment in the context of biopolitics

  1. 1. Configuring maternal, foetal and infant embodiment in the context of biopolitics Deborah Lupton, Department of Sociology and Social Policy, University of Sydney
  2. 2. My related research• Biopolitical dimensions of medicine and public health• Risk and everyday life• First-time parenthood: women’s experiences of pregnancy, childbirth, breastfeeding and infant care• Mothers’ concepts of health in their infants and young children• Emotion and maternal carework• Infant embodiment: representations, meanings, practices• The social worlds of the preborn organism
  3. 3. Time magazine heralds the advent of IVF
  4. 4. Embryo at 7 weeks of gestation
  5. 5. 7-week embryo specimen from ectopic pregnancy, Wikipedia
  6. 6. The Visible Embryo Project
  7. 7. The commodification of preborn body images
  8. 8. ‘Embryo Princess’ from the animation series ‘Adventure Time’
  9. 9. Lennart Nilsson pic 1
  10. 10. Lennart Nilsson pic 2
  11. 11. Lennart Nilsson pic 3
  12. 12. 3/4D obstetric ultrasound
  13. 13. Pro-life pic 1
  14. 14. Pro-life pic 2
  15. 15. Angel foetuses with embryos
  16. 16. God’s Little Ones
  17. 17. Pro-life display dolls
  18. 18. BodyWorlds Exhibition
  19. 19. Misbehaving Mums to Be
  20. 20. US Time magazine, 21 May 2012
  21. 21. Theoretical perspectives• Risk society, reflexive modernisation, individualisation (Beck and Beck-Gernsheim)• Biopolitics, governmentality and pregnancy/motherhood: ‘reproductive asceticism’ (Weir, Ettore, Ruhl)
  22. 22. Theoretical perspectives 2• Gendered embodiment, permeability, liquidities, ambig uity, Self/Other (Grosz, Shildrick, Kristeva, Young, Longhurst)• Visualising culture, technologies and the preborn body (Duden, Petchesky, Hartouni, Casper)
  23. 23. Blurring of boundaries of bodies/selves maternal body/selfchild/infant/foetus/embryo/pre-conceived embryo

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