One of the defining features of the late 20th century is the extent to which human reproduction has been subject to increasing technological control. Professor Sarah Franklin, LSE, explores the issues in a public lecture at LSE on Thursday 24 November.
Professor Franklin will ask: How do we understand this transformation of 'the facts of life'? Are designer babies, cloning, and stem cell research the measure of steady medical-scientific progress? Can reproduction be continually improved? What are the challenges posed by these developments and how do social scientists evaluate them?
This lecture draws on extensive evidence, collected over more than 20 years of research in the UK, to argue that the mix of certainty and uncertainty surrounding reproduction has not diminished, but has, if anything, increased in the post-IVF era.
Sarah Franklin is professor of social studies of biomedicine in LSE's Department of Sociology. She is associate director of the BIOS Centre for the study of biomedicine, biotechnology and society at LSE and the (co) author/editor of 12 books, including Embodied Progress, Reproducing Reproduction, Global Nature/Global Culture and Remaking Life and Death.
Professor Nikolas Rose, director of BIOS, will chair this event.
The Reproductive Revolution: how far have we come? is on Thursday 24 November at 6pm in the Old Theatre, Old Building, LSE, Houghton Street, London WC2A 2AE. This event is free and open to all with no ticket required.
To reserve a press seat, please contact Jessica Winterstein, LSE Press Office, on 020 7955 7060 or email j.Winterstein@lse.ac.uk
Click here to download a transcript of The Reproductive Revolution
16 November 2005