Genetics and the Identity Politics of Parenthood and Family: We are family?
February 19 – February 20 2009
ESRC Genomics Policy and Research Forum
The University of Edinburgh
College of Humanities and Social Science
St John's Land
Edinburgh EH8 8AQ
Gill Haddow (INNOGEN) and Katie Featherstone (CESAgen)
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This workshop will raise questions about how family and parent-child relationships are constructed, resisted or affirmed, and the role of genetics in that process. The discussions will be based around three inter-linked themes:
1) Reproducing the family: Children of your â€œownâ€ or â€œyour ownâ€ children?
2) Childrenâ€™s â€œneedâ€ for a father and mother: Whoâ€™s the Daddy?
3) What and who is family in the context of genetic and biological citizenship?
Issues for discussion include:
- What implications does the recent recommendation by the HFEA to remove reference to the â€œneed for a fatherâ€ have for lesbian and gay couples wishing to have a child?
- How has the need for couples to have their â€œownâ€ children interacted with technological and medical advances?
- Should children born from donated eggs or sperm be able to source this information from their birth certificates?
- What is family in the context of genetic risk information?
- In the absence of a biological connection to a parent, does a social connection suffice? In what ways is genetic inheritance important?
- How do we recognise and maintain family relationships? For example, what is the role of character traits and physical resemblances in maintaining relations?
Day 1 Programme: Thursday 19th February 2009:
12.30 â€“ 1.30: Lunch and Registration
Session 1: Family Secrets.
1.30-2.00: Speaker 1 Katie Featherstone
2.00-2.30: Speaker 2 Carol Smart
2.30 -3pm: Janet Carsten comments and leads round-table discussion.
3pm -3.30: Tea and coffee
Session 2: Who are Family?:
3.30-4.00: Speaker 3 Martin Richards
4.00-4.30: Speaker 4 Natalie Gamble
4.30-5.00: Caroline Jones comments and leads round-table discussion.
1830: Dinner @ Vittorias, George V Bridge, Edinburgh.
Day 2 Programme: Friday 20th February 2009:
9.00 â€“ 9.30: Tea and Coffee
Session 3: Family Matters?
9.30 -10.00: Speaker 5 Monica Bonaccorso-Rothe.
10.00 â€“ 10.30: Speaker 6 Jennifer Speirs.
10.30 â€“ 11.00 Susan Kelly comments and leads round-table discussion.
11.00 â€“ 11.30: Tea and coffee.
11.30 â€“ 12.30 Workshop: Exploring how we can use fiction to explore the concept of family (led by Pippa Goldschmidt, writer-in-residence, Genomics Forum)
12.30 â€“ 12.45 Summing up and Close.
12.45 â€“ 1.30 Lunch and departures.