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>From: "Lafer Center" <[log in to unmask]>
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>Attached please find a call for paper for a conference on: Birth as
>Experience and Metaphor.  The conference will be held at the Hebrew
>University of Jerusalem on November 2003.
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>Thank you,
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>The Lafer Center staff
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>THE HEBREW UNIVERSITY OF JERUSALEM
>THE LAFER CENTER FOR WOMEN STUDIES
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>Call For Papers
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>The Lafer Center for Women and Gender Studies at the Hebrew University
>of Jerusalem invites proposals for individual presentations and sessions
>for an interdisciplinary international conference on:
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>Birth as Experience and Metaphor
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>November 2003, at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem
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>The study and conceptualization of birth and of its related processes
>(such as conception, pregnancy, etc) has undergone dramatic changes in
>the course of history, and has become a major topic of interest and
>scholarly research in different disciplines. Birth is currently
>understood as an experience constructed by culture, rather than an
>experience defined by female physiology, and is recognized as fluid,
>multiple and varied in its experiences and meanings, across different
>cultures and periods. Moreover, charged with the mystery and magic of
>creation, pregnancy and birth have become stock metaphors for
>original/primordial beginnings, and for human creativity in its broadest
>sense.
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>We welcome papers that discuss birth as physical and emotional
>experience, as well as representations of birth in culture and in
>society, such as: birth and rebirth in religion and in myth; images of
>birth in the arts; the birth of a literary work, or a fictional
>character; birth of a nation; traditional and alternative models of
>birth, labor and delivery; concepts of midwifery and birth-attendance;
>birth as an event in culture and society; medicalization of birth; pain
>and pleasure in birth; public and private in birth; the politics of
>birth; images of birth in popular culture and in the media; birth and
>sexuality; birth and feminist thought; etc, etc,
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>The conference committee invites scholars from diverse fields, such as
>medicine and obstetrics, psychology, anthropology, sociology, social
>work, philosophy, history, history of arts, literature, folklore, Jewish
>studies, religious studies, communication, and cultural studies, to send
>in by mail a 500-700 word proposal for a 20 minute presentation, or for
>an organized session, no later than 15.3.2003, to the Lafer Center, the
>Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Mount Scopus, Jerusalem 91905. For
>further information: e-mail: [log in to unmask], tel:
>972-2-5883455.