Reproduction and Family Planning

Reproduction and Family Planning


A one-day cross-disciplinary symposium for ANU researchers focusing on reproduction and family formation in Australia.

Funded by

ANU Gender Institute; Schools of Sociology and Demography, CASS


Dr Katherine Carroll and Professor Mary Lou Rasmussen, (School of Sociology); Associate Professor Edith Gray and Associate Professor Ann Evans (School of Demography)


  • 31st August - Submission of abstracts: Please email to
  • 13th September - Notification of Acceptance
  • 20th November - Evening Reception and Professor Catherine Waldby’s Keynote 6.00pm
  • 21st November - Full day symposium

This symposium asks timely questions about reproduction and family formation in Australia. New medical reproductive technologies, the transnational flow of reproductive tissues, and cross-border reproductive travel are often researched as distinct issues. The aim of this symposium is to raise questions about how aspects of reproduction might be interrogated in transdisciplinary fashion. How can understanding of reproduction and family formation be enriched and informed by teams working across ANU Colleges?

The symposium will provide an opportunity for ANU researchers to present the ‘pressing issues’ and ‘big problems’ in their own disciplinary field around the common question of reproduction and family formation in Australia in a format that encourages cross-fertilisation of the disciplines in order to encourage innovation, networking and the tackling of reproduction and family formation issues.

Researchers are invited to submit a 300-word abstract on their research and/or creative work. In order to foster cross-disciplinary conversations, these abstracts will be used by organisers to group contributions according to topics rather than alignment with ANU Colleges or disciplines.

At the evening reception prior to the symposium Professor Catherine Waldby, Director of the RSSS will deliver a Keynote lecture regarding her most recent research, “Reproduction and Social Order”. This reception provides an opportunity for symposium participants to gather in a less formal atmosphere before attending sessions together the following day. The symposium will be catered (morning, lunch and afternoon tea) to enable informal networking following presentations.

ANU College of
Arts & Social Sciences
Schools of Sociology and Demography
CRICOS #00120C MO_1

Date & time

Mon 20 Nov 2017, 6pm – Tue 21 Nov 2017, 5pm


Australian National University


Professor Catherine Waldby, ANU (Keynote Address)


Dr Katherine Carroll
6125 3928


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