CRFR informal seminars are FREE but booking is essential. To register please email: (CRFR reserves the right to charge a £5 cancellation fee if a booking is made but the delegate fails to appear)

Please feel free to bring your lunch (we will provide water, but as the seminars are free we cannot provide tea or coffee. You are welcome to bring some with you and you can get a take-

Informal seminar

Reproductive health on the margins: women who killed their newborn babies

Tuesday 26 September 2017 • 12.30pm to 1.30pm

CRFR meeting room, 23 Buccleuch Place, Edinburgh

Julie Ancian, EHESS (School of Advanced Studies in Social Sciences), France.

In this seminar Julie will present a qualitative study of neonaticide cases, based on judicial and intimate narratives of neonaticidal acts. Neonaticide refers to the killing of a newborn on the day of its birth, exclusively by the woman who gave birth, in the context of an unintended and concealed pregnancy. Narratives of women who committed neonaticide highlight the obstacles they encountered in implementing an efficient use of contraception and then trying to get an abortion within legal deadlines. The study of these ‘outwith the norm’ reproductive experiences challenges current discourses, which tend to naturalise motherhood, and provides food for thought on the notion of choice as applied to the reproductive lifecourse.

Informal seminar

The troubling concept of resilience

Tuesday 28 November 2017 • 12.30pm to 1.30pm

CRFR meeting room, 23 Buccleuch Place, Edinburgh

Eric Carlin – Research Fellow, The University of Edinburgh
Emma Davidson, Leverhulme Early Career Fellow in Sociology, CRFR

‘Resilience’ is a term often used in discussions about marginalised young people and what ‘to do’ about them. With its emphasis on individual assets and behaviours, it has become central within Scottish youth policy.
In this seminar we will discuss findings from two recent Scottish studies on young people’s experiences of growing up in a disadvantaged neighbourhood. Drawing on young people’s own stories and views, Eric and Emma (The University of Edinburgh) will discuss the contemporary use of resilience and its usefulness in supporting and protecting young people. The seminar will suggest that the meaning and operationalisation of ‘resilience’ should be reappraised so as to rebalance public policy on reducing social and economic inequalities

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