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Reimagining Birth
International Research Symposium
Humanities Institute 
University College Dublin, Ireland
2nd & 3rd July 2013



How has childbirth been portrayed/represented/imagined in the worlds of art and medicine? 

What do these images tell us about our cultural relationship with birth?

This interdisciplinary research symposium provided an opportunity for contemporary critical debates into the visual culture of childbirth.  This was a unique opportunity for researchers and practitioners to explore/discuss the visual and sensorial culture of birth, and to contribute to our reimagining of this fundamental personal life experience for mother and child. 


Central to the vision of ongoing this project is the ambition to build connections between interested parties, providing a forum for transcending current knowledge silos and contributing to innovative change in this important personal/cultural domain of human experience.


You can now listen to the podcasts of our four guest speakers:


Pauline Cummins, Artist & Lecturer, National College of Art & Design, Dublin, Ireland.


Maralyn Foureur, Professor of Midwifery, University of Technology, Sydney, Australia.


Jo Murphy-Lawless, Sociologist, Adjunct Assistant Professor, School of Nursing & Midwifery, Trinity College Dublin, Ireland.


Helen Knolwes, Artist & Curator, Birth Rites Collection, Royal College of Gynaecologists & Obstetricians, London, Midwifery Department, Salford University, UK.


Many thanks to our guest speakers for allowing us to share these podcasts with you.  


The Humanities Institute, University College Dublin very kindly provided these podcasts for us and we are thankful to them also. 


You can also access the podcasts on their website:




I will continue to add to the website and keep you updated on any developments.








Guest Speakers

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