With a UK government inquiry now underway to investigate and assess the scientific evidence of a possible association between the widespread use of Primodos and other hormone pregnancy tests in the 1950s-70s and congenital malformations, it is incumbent upon historians, philosophers and social scientists to interrogate the broader regulatory and cultural context. This one-day conference will bring together perspectives from activism and biomedicine as well as the history, philosophy and sociology of medicine to examine and discuss the contested history of hormone pregnancy tests.
It will begin with a screening of a 1978 documentary and continue with presentations from a variety of experts. Confirmed speakers include John Abraham (Professor of Sociology in the Department of Social Science, Health & Medicine at King's College, London), Salim Al-Gailani (Research and Teaching Associate at the Department of History and Philosophy of Science, University of Cambridge), Solveig Jülich (Professor at the Department of History of Science and Ideas, Uppsala University), Tim Lewens (Professor of Philosophy of Science in the Department of History and Philosophy of Science, University of Cambridge), Marie Lyon (Chair of the Association For Children Damaged by Hormone Pregnancy Tests), Neil Vargesson (Senior Lecturer at the Institute of Medical Sciences, University of Aberdeen), and Merle Wessel (Doctoral candidate at the Centre for Nordic Studies, University of Helsinki).
Registration is free, but attendance will be capped at capacity. This event will be filmed and the video made available online. Supported by the Wellcome Trust.