The reproductive body in (un)familiar places: health inequalities in European spaces

Lorena Anton (University of Bucharest)
Laurence Kotobi (University of Bordeaux 2)
Block 2, Piso 1, Room 82
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Short abstract:

Places and circulations have always been shaping the lives of people, especially when those ones were ready to create new lives. Our panel will focus on ethnologies of these intersubjectivities, having as its main object the reproductive body in different European spaces.

Long abstract:

The contemporary European sphere is a sum of complex spaces, where different places are continuously reunited by the existence of a wide range of mobilities of individuals and groups across regional and (or) national borders. Recently, one of its main characteristics has been the so-called 'feminization', especially in regard to its post-1989 trend, i.e. migration from the East to the West. This trend, historically related to the end of communist regimes, determines important rearrangements in gender relations and gender stereotypes, including reproductive health behaviour. In taking as the main object of inquiries the reproductive body in different European spaces and its government, our panel will focus on ethnographies of the intersubjectivities developed between places, circulations (understood broadly, from roads taken from one place to another at a local level to permanent or occasional migration) and reproductive practices, both of people as reproductive selves and of health professionals (medical body, health associations, etc). How are the lives of the reproductive selves shaped when people find themselves in motion from one place to another? Can a certain place determine different reproductive health practices and different relations to the health-care system? What are the memories of a certain place or of circulations from one place to another, and are those memories 'inscribed' in the reproductive-body? We invite applications in relation, but not limited, to the above research questions.