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“Enacting Pregnant Women, Enacting the Foetus: Prenatal Screening and Testing in Taiwan” Lunch Lecture by Liwen Shih Assistant Professor, Taipei Medical University

August 26, 2014 - 12:30-13:30

We invite you to this lunch talk by assistant professor Liwen Shih, who has been a visiting researcher at NIAS the last couple of month.

Abstract
My research discusses the experience of Taiwanese pregnant women who undergo prenatal screening and testing (PST), exploring how those experiences affect their relations to the foetuses, medical professionals, PST technologies and their families. Based on ethnographic observations, interviews with pregnant women and couples, and my participants’ drawings of PST, it suggests that PST provokes both pleasure and anxiety for pregnant women. Particularly in genetic screening testing, it constructs women as responsible decision‐making subjects. I argue that in Taiwan women’s decisions about genetic testing are entangled with the concept of you sheng (‘superior birth’), medical practices and the logic of prenatal care.

Professor Shih is currently teaching in Graduate Institute of Humanities in Medicine at Taipei Medical University in Taiwan, previously she has taught Sociology and Civic Engagement and Seminar for Medicine in Humanities.  Liwen Shih has been in Copenhagen this summer because she is also interested in learning about Danish women’s experience of prenatal checks.

Time: Tuesday 26 August 12.30-13.30
Place: NIAS, room 18.1.08, CSS, University of Copenhagen, Øster Farimagsgade 5, 1353 Cph. K

Feel free to bring your own lunch. There will be coffee/tea.

“Enacting Pregnant Women, Enacting the Foetus: Prenatal Screening and Testing in Taiwan” Lunch Lecture by Liwen Shih Assistant Professor, Taipei Medical University

Details

Date:
August 26, 2014
Time:
12:30-13:30