P070
Reproductive medical mobilities in contemporary Europe and beyond

Convenors:
Silvia De Zordo (University of Barcelona)
Joanna Mishtal (University of Central Florida)
Giulia Zanini (University of Barcelona)
Format:
Panels
Location:
Horsal 8 (D8)
Start time:
15 August, 2018 at 9:00
Session slots:
1

Short abstract:

This panel examines contemporary reproductive mobilities, focusing on medical travels within, from or to Europe. Selected papers discuss reproductive health travels for assisted reproduction, abortion, sterilisation and other reproductive choices, which may require travel to seek medical assistance.

Long abstract:

Medical travels are at the centre of contemporary political and academic debates because of the inequalities they entail, make evident, and produce as well as of the new subjectivities, biosocial identities, and transnational health and economic arrangements they make possible. National and international policies shape healthcare provision in different locations, stratifying access and cost of services. Public health cuts due to neoliberal policies throughout Europe further fuel travel across borders in pursuit of better healthcare. Reproduction is at the centre of these medical mobilities. Reproductive health travel to access assisted reproductive technologies (ART) due to restrictions or accessibility have increased over the last decades, attracting scholarly attention. Simultaneously, other reproductive choices, such as abortion and sterilisation care, may also require travel to seek medical assistance, both within and between countries. This panel examines reproductive mobilities (of people, techniques and discourses) that characterise contemporary societies and focuses particularly on medical travels within, from or to Europe. Since reproductive aims and experiences of those who travel to seek reproductive care may vary, this panel will explore the range of challenges, strategies, experiences, and policies that such mobilities entail. We encourage paper proposals that examine the relationship between national and transnational reproductive health and rights regulations, and their impact on medical travels; the challenges of reproductive mobile trajectories, in particular in light of availability (or lack of) public or private services; diversity of individuals' decisions concerning travel; practicalities of reproductive medical travels in different contexts; and policy dynamics that shape medical mobilities.