Birth of the birth control clinic conference

Friday 11th March 2011

Wolfson/Pollard, Institute of Historical Research

Organised in conjunction with the University of Exeter

In 1921 Marie Stopes opened the first of her pioneering birth clinics. Her work and its legacy and the subsequent history of family planning are explored in this one day-conference organised in conjunction with the University of Exeter.

Topics to be covered include Dora Russell, maternity provision in colonial India and the history of contraception. Speakers include Lesley Hall (UCL), Kate Fisher (Exeter), Stephen Brooke (York, Canada) and Sarah Hodges (Warwick).

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Draft Programme

10.00:               Registration and Coffee

10.15:               Welcome and Introduction

10.30:               Lesley A. Hall (Wellcome Library) Situating Stopes, or putting Marie in her proper place

11.30:               Coffee

11.45:               Contexts

                        Chair: Kate Fisher (Exeter)

                        Stephen Brooke (York, Canada), Birth Control and Labour Politics in the 1920s

                        Sarah Hodges (Warwick), Married Love among Madras's Neo-Malthusians

                        Anne Bergin (NUI, Maynooth), From the Wop to the Bed

1.00:               Lunch

1.30:               Victoria Elliott (Marie Stopes International)

2.00:               Susanne Klausen (Carleton) ‘I ought to have a clinic in every country in the world’: Marie Stopes, imperial 
                        feminism and the South African birth-control movement, 1930-1945

3.00:                Tea

3.10:               After Stopes

                        Chair: Sally Alexander (Goldsmiths College London)

                       Lara Marks, Panacea or Poisoned Chalice? A History of the Contraceptive Pill 

                       Tania McIntosh (Nottingham), Methods and beliefs: family planning in Sheffield and Nottingham, 1925-35

                       Amanda Raphael (Queen Mary University of London), ‘Birth by the book: Grantly Dick Read

4.25:                Christina Hauck A baby of her own: maternal desire and English polity in the plays of Marie Stopes

5.30:                Reception