New Parentalities | Medical Cultures

In our time, conceiving a child is no longer the prerogative of a couple. Other institutions invite themselves into the couple’s (or assimilated entity’s) desire for a child, in particular medicine through its reproductive and genetic dimensions.

The dissociation between sexuality and procreation facilitates the emergence of this paradigm. Thus, sexuality is no longer at the service of reproduction and no longer has anything to say about the way in which it views procreation.

When these couples no longer go through sexuality to conceive, what fictions can they bring to the child to explain the origins of his genesis?

To what extent does medicine, through medically assisted procreation (MAP), offer a scenario to these new fictions?

The conference will be followed by a presentation and discussion of an introductory sequence from the science fiction film Gattaca (1997) where medically assisted procreation has become the norm in order to optimize the genetic heritage of the human race.


Professor Ouriel Rosenblum, child psychiatrist and psychoanalyst consulting parenting at the Pitié Salpêtrière Hospital, Professor of Psychoanalytic Studies at the University of Paris Diderot.

Anne Crémieux, Lecturer at the University Paris-Ouest Nanterre.

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