W028
Managing the uncertainty of human reproduction (EN)

Convenors:
Kinga Sekerdej (Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology)
Justyna Straczuk (Polish Academy of Science)
Discussant:
Linda Layne
Stream:
Workshops
Location:
V310
Start time:
11 July, 2012 at 11:30
Session slots:
3

Short abstract:

Human reproduction has been connected with many fears and coping strategies, influenced by various cultural, religious and political contexts. The aim of this workshop is to approach anthropologically the anxieties and emotions connected to reproductive decisions, practices and beliefs.

Long abstract:

Human reproduction has been connected with many fears that vary individually, contextually and culturally. Fears regarding the well-being of children-to-be and family, uncertainty about the offspring's health and gender, fear of getting pregnant and fear of not getting pregnant, to name just some of them. Those anxieties also involve various coping strategies dealing with the perspective of having children, or on the contrary - not conceiving them, worries with the efficacy of contraception, or coping with miscarriages and abortions. Certainly, the wider cultural, religious and political context influence those fears and coping strategies. The aim of this workshop is to approach anthropologically the anxieties and emotions connected to reproductive decisions, practices and beliefs. In particular we invite ethnographic inquiries addressing: - personal anxieties connected to reproduction placed within social and cultural context - medicalization of pregnancy vs. women's subjectivity - anxiety caused by prenatal diagnosis and genetic testing - emotional management of reproductive disruptures - reproductive rights in the context of infertility and pregnancy loss