New Book: The Reproductive Industry: Intimate Experiences and Global Processes

Vera Mackie, Nicola J. Marks and Sarah Ferber, eds, The Reproductive Industry: Intimate Experiences and Global Processes, Lanham: Lexington Books, 2019, with contributions from Jane Adams (Otago), Sarah Ferber (Wollongong), Sarah Franklin (Cambridge), Jaya Keaney (Sydney), Vera Mackie (Wollongong), Nicola J. Marks (Wollongong), Vasudha Mohanka (Wollongong), Robyn Morris (Wollongong), Damien Riggs (Flinders), Sonja van Wichelen (Sydney), Andrea Whittaker (Monash).

From its origins in 1978, when the first babies conceived through in vitro fertilization (IVF) were born in the UK and India, assisted reproduction has become a global industry. Contributors to The Reproductive Industry: Intimate Experiences and Global Processes reflect on the global dimensions of IVF and assisted reproductive technologies, examining how people have used these technologies to create diverse family forms, including gay, lesbian, and transgender parenthood as well as complex configurations of genetic, gestational, and social parenthood. The authors examine how IVF and other reproductive technologies have and have not circulated around the globe; how reproductive technologies can be situated historically, nationally, locally, and culturally; and the ways in which culture, practices, regulations, norms, families, and kinship ties may be reinforced or challenged through the use of assisted reproduction.


The volume can be purchased from Lexington Books with discount code LEX30AUTH19.

Nicola Marks
University of Wollongong

Conference registration open

The 2019 AAHPSSS conference will be held from 13–15 November at the Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand. This will be the first time the conference has been held in NZ for many years, and we are hoping that Australian delegates will make the effort to cross the Tasman for what will be an exciting and stimulating event! 

Click on this link to register before 23 October to get early bird rates.

Click on this link to submit a paper, workshop or session proposal before 16 August .

Conference details

Dyason Lecture

Professor Pelling

The Dyason Lecturer this year will be Professor Margaret Pelling, Senior Research Associate at the Wellcome Unit for the History of Medicine in Oxford. Professor Pelling was a student of Professor Ding Dyason, after whom this event is named. She will be speaking about her relationship with Professor Dyason and providing an overview of her career and achievements in the history of medicine and social history more generally.

Postgraduate activities

Postgraduate students are especially encouraged to attend the conference. The conference program will include special sessions for postgraduates including a postgraduate workshop and mentoring session. In addition, the Ian Langham Prize will be awarded to the best presentation(s) by a current postgraduate student.

Ian Langham Bursary

Enrolled honours, postgraduate students and researchers with precarious employment from tertiary institutions outside Aotearoa New Zealand whose participation in the 2019 AAHPSSS conference has been formally accepted may apply for an Ian Langham Bursary. The Bursary is intended to help defray the costs of Trans-Tasman travel for attendees. If you are in possession of or entitled to receive travel funds through your research institution, we would appreciate that you make use of those travel funds.

Applications should include evidence of the proposed or accepted participation in the conference, a brief statement of need for the bursary, evidence of student enrolment/employment status and a quote from a travel agent to indicate expected travel costs. The Bursary covers travel costs only. It does not cover the costs of accommodation, meals or incidentals. The Bursary is paid as a reimbursement subsequent to the conference, upon provision of relevant receipts and bank account details. The deadline for provision of these is 20 December 2019.

The total funding for each application is capped at $500 and the number of bursaries provided is limited. Assessments will be made on the basis of how well the applicant's research engages with the purposes of AAHPSSS and the demonstrated need.

Applications for the Ian Langham Bursary close on Friday 11 October 2019, and should be addressed to the Secretary, Martin Bush Applications may be made earlier, conditional on the acceptance of the paper or workshop.

AusSTS interdisciplinary workshop program

Dear colleagues, attached FYI is the program for the AusSTS workshop coming up in a few weeks. Thank you so much for your support and I’ll think you agree that Thao Phan, Tim Neale, Michaela Spencer, Kari Lancaster, Gemma Lucy and Jacina Leong have done a quite incredible job. There are a few public events in Melbourne, please advertise these through your networks and anyone who might be interested in coming along.

"Animal Anarchy and The Secret Life of Pets" Jack Halberstam Public Lecture

Thu., 4 July 2019

5:30 pm – 7:00 pm

Deakin Downtown

Film & Political Possibility: AusSTS Film Workshop

Fri., 5 July 2019

9:45 am – 11:45 am

Kino Cinemas

45 Collins Street 

Melbourne, VIC 3000

International 3rd 2019 Summer School | LILLIAD, Lille University, France | Breaking News

Lille, France

2019, 3rd May

Just one month before starting our

History of Physics, Theory and Nature of Science & People without Frontiers

3rd International Summer School for Sciences | History, Philosophy and Foundations of Sciences | Applied Sciences & Technology | Education

2019, June 3rd-6th | LILLIAD LEARNING CENTER INNOVATION, Lille University, France | 8h30–17h30

Hosted by

  • Inter-Divisional Teaching Commission (IDTC)
  • American Institute of Physics, USA
  • History and Philosophy of Science School, Sydney University, Australia
  • Sydney Centre for the Foundations of Science, Sydney University, Australia
  • Lilliad Learning Center Innovation, Lille University, France
  • Institute of Electronics Microelectronics and Nanotechnology (IEMN), CNRS–Lille University, France
  • Federal University of Bahia, Brazil
  • State University of Feira de Santana, Brazil

It is our great pleasure to let your know the (main) state of art of this event. [Of course, the following info/web links are also in the website, main menu, left side]

List of Keynote Invited Speakers, Patronage, Collaborations, Logos, Touristic info on LilleHow to Arrive, etc.

[One more French Institution/university possible is forthcoming as new partners/financial patronage]


Organizing Committee

Scientific Committee

Keynote Lectures List

Map, Biography, Abstract, etc. [Please send us new photos if you like]

Confirmed/Accepted Participants List/Map | In progress | Still we receiving applications

General Program | Keynote Speakers (waiting for two more confirmations) | In progress

Special Event

Tuesday, 2019, 4th June, Special Evening on Ettore Majorana (18h00-19h30)  & Welcome Cockatil  (19h30/20h00-21h30) kindly granted by IEMN-CNRS, Lille University, France; one of our prestigious Partners)

Prof. Dr. Salvatore Esposito (President of SISFA  Italian Society of Historians of Physics and Astronomy | Federico II Napoli University, Italy): Ettore Majorana The Case - Conference Movie & Debate; 

With the participation, from Brazil via Web, of Prof. Dr. Erasmo Recami (Bergamo University, Italy)

Detailed Program Day by Day

(Still some speakers should fix their abstracts, forthcoming). Please visit the following weblinks [Or: ]

Banner/Poster/Brochures etc.

By Lille University graphic studio, forthcoming

Looking Forward to Meet You in Lille

On Behalf of the 3rd ISSHPSE–2019

Call for papers: Australasian Association for the History, Philosophy and Social Studies of Science Conference 

November 13–15 , 2019

Victoria University of Wellington (Aotearoa New Zealand)

Abstract Submission Deadline: Sunday, 30th June, 2019

We are pleased to announce the Australasian Association for the History, Philosophy and Social Studies of Science will hold their next conference at the Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand, from November 13–15, 2019.

Submissions for papers are invited from scholars working in any area related to the history, philosophy, and social studies of science, medicine or technology.

Titles of papers together with abstracts of up to 250 words should be submitted here by the 30th June 2019. The conference theme is open.

However, submissions might speak to topics such as

  • indigenous perspectives and science;
  • innovation;
  • science and technology in the Pacific;
  • theorising science from the South;
  • interdisciplinary engagement and contemporary issues in science and technology;
  • the body in STM.

Suggestions for themed panels are also welcome; please send proposals to a member of the executive.

Postgraduate students are encouraged to submit proposals and invited to apply for an Ian Langham Bursary for partial travel support. Please see our website for more detail and send all proposals to: by 30 June 2019.

More information about registration, location, transport and accommodation will be distributed via the mailing list, and will appear in due course on the AAHPSSS conference page.

You can read about the Centre for Science in Society at Victoria University of Wellington here.