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Remaking Reproduction

The Global Politics of Reproductive Technologies


Vessel - Film Screening on Abortion Activism with Dr. Rebecca Gomperts

Fri 29th June
Murray Edwards College

Booking required

Vessel is a documentary film by Diana Whitten about the work of Women on Waves, a Dutch pro-choice organisation founded by the physician Dr Rebecca Gomperts.

The film focuses on the work of Women on Waves and follows Gomperts as she sails a ship around the world and provides abortions at sea for women who have no legal alternative. Through years of successes and setbacks, we witness her create an underground network of emboldened, informed activists who trust women to handle abortion themselves.

We will be joined by Gomperts, who will give a presentation prior to the screening about abortion politics today, including a reflection on the recent referendum in Ireland. There will be a Q&A afterwards.

Free screening, but requires booking in advance. Suggested donation £5 for Women on Waves.


27-29 June 2018

The rapid global growth of the fertility industry is one of the most significant contexts of contemporary social change, and these changes are the subject of an increasing amount of social research. This conference is designed both to consolidate core themes in the social study of reproductive technologies and to showcase new research, especially by early career scholars and doctoral students. Our core themes are designed to bring together old and new approaches to the study of reproduction, technology and society at a time when the politics of reproduction globally are changing rapidly. 


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This conference is supported by the Foundation for the Sociology of Health and Illness