Wednesday, 25 May 2016

Dr Maggie Kirkman attends international congress in Spain

Dr Maggie Kirkman a Senior Research Fellow from the Jean Hailes Research Unit (JHRU) was awarded a School Travel Grant to attend the 18th International Congress of the International Society of Psychosomatic Obstetrics and Gynaecology, held in Málaga, Spain, in May 2016.

Maggie presented six papers. One, called ‘Unintended pregnancies: Interviews from the Understanding Fertility Management in Contemporary Australia project’, was part of a seminar showcasing the work of the JHRU; and was convened by Dr Heather Rowe, at which Professor Jane Fisher, Dr Heather Rowe, and Dr Karin Hammarberg also presented.

In other sessions, Maggie delivered three presentations arising from the ARC-funded project ‘Elucidating the increasing demand for genital cosmetic surgery among girls and women in Australia’ and two from Dr Salmi Razali’s PhD thesis on women convicted of filicide in Malaysia.

“The conference was a great opportunity to meet with researchers from around the world including other parts of Australia. We were able to discuss plans for a special issue of a journal with international editors and contributors and, with the other JHRU academics, begin developing new research collaborations and plans for academics to visit the JHRU,” said Dr Maggie Kirkman.

While Dr Kirkman had little time for sightseeing her hotel was well-positioned in the old city of Málaga where she was within walking distance of a number of interesting sites, including the Picasso Museum.

Picasso was born in Málaga, and the museum contains not only examples of his work at various stages in his career but also, in the cellar, the remains of the walls of the ancient Phoenician city established in the 7th century BCE.

She was also able to visit the Castle of Gibralfaro which was built in the 11th century and extended in the 13th and 14th centuries. It sits on a hill with spectacular views over the city, and the solid rooms and walls of what remains are set in beautiful gardens.

“It was breathtaking to find such extraordinary embodiments of history, from the twentieth century back to the seventh century BCE, all within a short walking distance of a modern hotel. Even though the Costa del Sol failed to live up to its name, with more rain than sol in evidence, the sights were well worth the drenching,” said Dr Maggie Kirkman.

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