Reproductive futures in maternal and child health

Lucy Lowe (University of Edinburgh)
Ian Harper (University of Edinburgh)
Science Site/Engineering E101
Start time:
5 July, 2016 at 9:00
Session slots:

Short abstract:

Reproduction, and maternal and child health are central to social and political regimes. This panel explores the interstices of gender, medicine, commodities, and care in this arena.

Long abstract:

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?