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CFP Reproductive Futures in Maternal and Child Health (ASA2016)

University of Durham, 4-7 July 2016 Panel Organisers: Dr Lucy Lowe and Dr Ian Harper.

Reproductive capacities in the lives of women and their families are infused with hopes and fears for the future. Women's bodies have simultaneously always been central to regimes of social and political control. Reduction of maternal, neonatal and child morbidity and mortality, in addition to access to reproductive and sexual health services are key components of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Future projections of 2030, of the ideal world freed from unnecessary suffering suffuse these statements and engage our hopes and fears. Interfaced with the production of metrics, ideological trajectories (rights based approaches, ideal population demographics), the consequent new social forms, commodities and services, and medical interventions, the bodies and experiences of women lie at both the centre and periphery of many of these concerns. In this panel we explore these issues, and ask what anthropology has to offer the ongoing debates in these arenas of intervention?

We welcome papers addressing some of the following questions: In what ways do nationalism, reproduction, and migration intersect? What is the relationship between medical technologies, reproduction, and the state? How are claims to reproductive rights situated within broader social struggles? What is the relationship between development, religion, and reproductive health? What role for men in understandings of reproductive health?

For further information and to submit an abstract, click here.

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