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Mindr London: What TV representations of birth really mean to us

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The Great Northern Railway Tavern

67 High Street

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N8 7QB

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Think little ones & big minds can't mix? Think again. Mindr curates talks for intellectually curious parents where crying babies are welcome.


When a group of new parents get together birth stories are rarely far from the discussion. But have you ever wondered about our national fascination with televised birth programmes like One Born Every Minute? Dr. Sara De Benedictis, expert in birth and motherhood in popular culture, will lead us in an exploration of the social and cultural relevance of ‘chat’ about birth on television.


Drawing on fieldwork that explored how women make meaning through One Born Every Minute, she will explain how when participants talked about One Born and the intricacies of birth, they were speaking about many other things - class, frustrations with heterosexual relationships or motherhood, irritation with men, discontent with work, austerity and the NHS, to name just a few.


DR. SARA DE BENEDICTIS is a Lecturer in Media and Communications at Brunel University London. Sara’s research interests are in gender, class, birth, motherhood, postfeminism, austerity and reality television. Her PhD in Cultural Studies (2016) at King’s College London explored representations of, and reactions to, birth under austerity Britain. Sara was also a Research Assistant at the London School of Economics working on a project about representations of stay-at-home mothers and she was a Research Fellow at the University of Nottingham on the Wellcome Trust funded project, Televising Childbirth. Sara is currently working on a new project about reproductive politics in times of austerity.


Over coffee and tea, and in a baby friendly environment she'll present and lead an interactive discussion on how talking about birth is never just talking about birth!


She's an expert so you don't have to be - just bring along your desire to expand your mind and meet other parents in an environment where curiosity is queen and crying babies are welcome.


Join us on 19 April at the gorgeous Great Northern Railway Tavern, near Hornsey station and Turnpike Lane tube.


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£10 including coffee and tea. All profits from the event will be donated to charity.

We want this event to be accessible to everyone, so if the ticket price is an issue for you, please get in touch by following the link to contact the organiser.


Schedule:

Arrive at 11:00am to grab a coffee and the talk will start at 11:30am. Stick around after to meet other parents. We will aim to wrap up at around 1:00pm but you can stay as long as you like.


Practicalities:

There’ll be dedicated buggy parking, changing facilities, play mats for the babies, and coffee for the grownups. Pram parking is outside in the beer garden so bring your rain cover if the weather is bad. Please be aware that there will be photography at the event to be used on Mindr social media. You will have an option to sit in a non-photographed zone if you do not want to be photographed.



This is a community-run event affiliated with Mindr, a New York-based organization that runs talks, workshops, classes and events led by global experts where crying babies are welcome. Want to know more? Sign up on the website, like Mindr on Facebook and follow the Mindr Instagram.






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