Who cares? Workshop on caregiving and mother-infant health

Who cares? Introducing evolutionary approaches to caregiving and mother-infant health

Join us for aninterdisciplinary workshop bringing evolutionary approaches to mother and infant health, with special focus on social support. Explore how different disciplines approach support and why it’s essential for maternal-infant health. Open to any interested researcher or professional from a range of academic and non-academic backgrounds.

In evolutionary anthropology, the importance of wide and diverse social support networks for maternal and infant health is widely acknowledged. However, in public health and non-evolutionary social sciences ‘support’ is often poorly defined, with a strong nuclear family bias regarding caregiving. This workshop will bridge this disciplinary gap by facilitating dialogue and collaboration between evolutionary anthropologists and those with overlapping interests in other fields.

The workshop will consist of a series of research presentations, discussions and activities focusing on caregiving and mother-infant health. From our experience, the greatest challenges in interdisciplinary settings are theoretical misconceptions and language barriers. By opening the workshop with theoretical overviews and defining key terminologies, we will establish common ground and ensure meaningful discussions. At the end of the workshop we will bring these discussions together to reflect on how the different issues highlighted over the course of the day complement each other (or not), and how these can be reconciled into a ‘practical guide’ of interdisciplinary work on maternal and child health.

Following the workshop there will be a wine reception and a public lecture titled “Beyond the nuclear family: an evolutionary perspective on childrearing” by Professor Rebecca Sear of the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. This lecture will discuss how our species has evolved a cooperative form of childrearing, where women get help from others to raise their children, and the implications for support (or its lack) for childrearing on child and maternal health.

The workshop is funded by a grant from the European Human Behaviour and Evolution Association and we will provide food and drinks throughout the day. We are charging a nominal fee to attend the workshop to encourage on-the-day attendance. Of the £4.32 fee £3 will be spent on food and drinks and the reminding £1.32 covers administration costs including VAT. Please follow the link to book: http://bit.ly/motherinfanthealth

Date and Time:
Mon, February 11, 2019
10:00 AM – 8:00 PM

Location:
University College London,
188 Tottenham Court Road
London
W1T 7PH

Public lecture:

Join us for an cross-disciplinary public lecture titled “Beyond the nuclear family: an evolutionary perspective on childrearing” by Professor Rebecca Sear of the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. This lecture will discuss how our species has evolved a cooperative form of childrearing, where women get help from others to raise their children, and the implications for support (or its lack) for childrearing on child and maternal health.

The lecture will be followed by a wine reception and snacks. This is a free event, open to any interested person from both academic and non-academic backgrounds. Please follow the link to book:  http://bit.ly/eveningmotherinfanthealth

The workshop is funded by a grant from the European Human Behaviour and Evolution Association and supported by UCL Anthropology.