The first Nexus symposium for 2017

NEXUS: Monash Social Science, Humanities and Medicine Network. is pleased to invite you to the first Nexus symposium for 2017.

Friday 5 May 2017
9:30am – 12:45pm

Lecture Theatre S12, 16 Rainforest Walk
Monash University Clayton campus

This session brings together four distinguished speakers on the theme of Sexual and Reproductive Health:


Isabel Karpin
Distinguished Professor of Law, University of Technology Sydney

Title: Regulating behaviour: pregnant women as vectors of intergenerational harm and repair

Jayne Lucke
Director of the Australian Research Centre in Sex, Health & Society at La Trobe University and Honorary Professor, School of Public Health, The University of Queensland

Title: “I’m a grown woman”: Ethical challenges for patients and providers in shared decision making about contraception

Andrea Whittaker
ARC Future Fellow, Convenor of Anthropology at the School of Social Sciences, Lead of the Health and Biofutures Focus Program, Faculty of Arts, Monash University

Title: Thai international surrogacy as a disruptive industry

Catherine Mills
Associate Professor of Bioethics and ARC Future Fellow in the Monash Bioethics Centre, Monash University

Title: FASD, maternal responsibility and social vulnerability

Please let your colleagues know about this if you feel they would be interested.

RSVP: by Monday 1 May 2017, book here.
Registration is free. Morning tea will be provided.

Further information: Please contact Ella Dilkes-Frayne at


You are also invited to join the speakers for a pay-as-you-go lunch at Taste Baguette (on campus) following the symposium. Please RSVP for lunch separately to by Monday 1 May 2017 so we can book accordingly.

We look forward to seeing you there.

About Nexus

Nexus is a network of scholars across Monash University and beyond working in the social sciences, humanities and medicine. Through meetings, events and digital networking, Nexus builds a lively intellectual community for theory-oriented inquiry into health, illness and biomedicine.

Nexus Convenors: Axel Fliethmann, Adrian Carter, Claire Spivakovski and Ella Dilkes-Frayne.