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Workshop Series: Stories of donors, parents, and children in Italy, France, and the UK.

13 May 2022–17 May 2022, 5:00 pm–1:30 pm

IVF and Donors Workshop

Upcoming workshops on stories of IVF and donor conceptions in Italy, France, and the UK. These workshops are funded by the UCL Arts and Humanities Dean’s Strategic Fund and are organised in collaboration with the University of Bologna and Paris-Nanterre. This project aims to start mapping the growing production of stories and to initiate a discussion between academic and non-academic participants with the aim to find common grounds and questions and to reflect on the power of stories across different sectors. 

This event is free.

Event Information

Open to

All

Availability

Yes

Cost

Free

Organiser

Beatrice Sica (University College London) – School of European Languages, Culture & Society / Centre for Multidisciplinary and Intercultural Inquiry

Workshop Times and Dates: 

LONDON, 13 May 2022 at 5pm (London time) 
University College London 
Institute of Education 
20 Bedford Way, room 417 (Committee Room 1) and online: https://ucl.zoom.us/j/92474091805
Guests: Louise McLoughlin (London freelance journalist and podcaster, author of the podcast “You look like me”) and Sophie Zadeh (UCL, IOE, Social Research Institute), with the participation of Rachel Bowlby, (UCL, SELCS-CMII, author of A Child of One’s Own: Parental Stories (full text available through the UCL Library) 
Moderated by Beatrice Sica (UCL, SELCS-CMII) 

BOLOGNA, 17 June 2022 at 11:30am (Bologna time) 
University of Bologna in collaboration with ILIO (Italian Literature International Observatory - https://site.unibo.it/ilio/en), which hosts it as part of its seminar series.  Confirmed guest: Elena Tebano (journalist, Corriere della Sera: https://27esimaora.corriere.it/author/elena-tebano)
Location: (contact Beatrice Sica, if interested) and online: (link will be provided: contact Beatrice Sica, if interested) 

Workshop Details:  The aim of these workshops is first to listen, and then to initiate a discussion to find common grounds and questions. Each workshop has at least one non-academic guest. The format is open: there will not be formal papers; instead, we first listen to guests, their overview of the current legislation and/or research on insemination in the country or countries in question, and their experiences in finding and narrating stories related to donor conceptions/IVF. Comments and questions follow.

Project Details: Stories of donor conceptions have become widespread in cinema, literature, and the media: they tell us about sperm or egg donors, parents seeking donors, donor-conceived children, and the industry of insemination through both its regulated and unregulated market. While narratives of giving birth, being a parent, or raising a child can strike a chord with readers or listeners across the whole world, stories of donor conceptions also reflect geographical differences, as legislation varies greatly across different countries, creating different conditions to access sperm or egg donations and go through the process of having a baby through non-natural insemination. 
This project looks at films, documentaries, podcasts, social media posts, blogs, newspaper articles, and printed literature about donor conceptions in Italy, France, and the UK. It consists of three workshops (one in each country) to start mapping this growing production of stories and to initiate a discussion between academic and non-academic participants with the aim to find common grounds and questions and to reflect on the power of stories across different sectors. 

Contact Details:

Beatrice Sica (University College London): b.sica@ucl.ac.uk 
Lara Michelacci (Bologna): lara.michelacci2@unibo.it 
Ramona Onnis (Paris-Nanterre): ri.onnis@parisnanterre.fr 
Manuela Spinelli (Rennes 2): manuela.spinelli@univ-rennes2.fr