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Pragya Agarwal: The (M)Otherhood Myth

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British-Indian behavioural scientist Pragya Agarwal explores the historical, social and scientific factors that shape our perception of motherhood and who is seen to qualify as a mother. 

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Why are women still defined by their choice to have, or not to have, children?

Pre-eminent behaviour and data scientist Dr Pragya Agarwal’s work examining the phenomenon of gender bias in science has seen her publish four books including M(Otherhood), a look at the complex threads that shape societal understanding and expectations around mothers and motherhood, and Hysterical, an investigation into the construction of female emotion.

Appearing in Melbourne exclusively for M/OTHER, Agarwal joins journalist and writer Sophie Black for an insightful and wide-ranging conversation spanning childbirth, infertility, reproductive justice, gender and race.

 


 

This conversation may include reference to difficult topics, such as mental health, reproductive rights, and childbirth. If you need assistance with any of these issues, you can learn more and seek advice via the Centre of Perinatal Excellence (COPE), Perintal Anxiety & Depression Australia (PANDA) and Beyond Blue.

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About the book

The official bookseller for M/OTHER is Neighbourhood Books.

About M/OTHER

M/OTHER is a weekend of fearless conversation about the ways ‘motherhood’ is experienced, portrayed and labelled by those who mother, have been mothered, wish they were mothers, do not identify as mothers, cannot or do not want to mother, and by society at-large.

 

M/OTHER

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Pragya Agarwal

Dr Pragya Agarwal is a professor of social inequities, behavioural and data scientist, founder of a research think-tank investigating gender inequities, and author of four widely acclaimed non-fiction books for adults on racism, gender bias and motherhood, and a picture book for raising non-racist c... Read more

Sophie Black

Sophie Black is a journalist, broadcaster, writer and editor with a focus on the environment, politics, media, the internet and parenting in the end times. She writes regular features and opinion for The Guardian and The Monthly. Black has worked in senior management across cultural and media organi... Read more

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The Wheeler Centre

176 Little Lonsdale Street Melbourne Victoria 3000

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