Prof. Monica J. Casper, Department of Sociology, San Diego State University
Prof. Chia-ling Wu, Department of Sociology, National Taiwan University
Prof. Thomas Lemke, Institute of Sociology, Goethe-Universität Frankfurt am Main
Prof. Kate Reed, Sheffield Methods Institute, University of Sheffield
The increasing global development and use of reproductive technologies have prompted reproductive scholars within the social sciences and humanities to raise questions regarding how family, kinship, race, gender, sexuality, and disabilities intersect. Such studies have focused not least on how the selection of gametes, children, and parents takes place during medical treatment. Overall, these studies have illustrated how reproductive technologies are always technologies of biopolitics, as they potentially reflect on the governing of both life and death. Meanwhile, compared to how reproductive technologies are seen to remake life, the technological remaking of death has yet to be granted the same amount of scholarly attention.
At this international conference, we want to recenter the focus of reproductive studies to explore how technologies remake death as it intersects with life. We hope to engage in a range of different cases regarding how life and death emerge and are understood, such as during the cryopreservation and storage of gametes, in studies of family planning, in the use of prenatal screening, and in technologies involved in miscarriages, fetal reduction, abortions, still births, births, neonatal care, and infant death. We thereby hope to unpack how death emerges in relation to technologies involved, how cells, fetal tissue, and bodies that are dead become managed, and how people live with deaths after they have terminated a pregnancy or experienced infant death. We hope to bring forward embodied stories of how technological remaking’s of life and death are experienced, unpacking these stories in relation to how reproductive inequalities and current local and global forms of reproductive and population politics unfold.
We invite contributions to think about and relate to questions such as the following:
- How does technology remake death and dying at the beginning of life?
- How are colonial pasts, as well as racialized and gendered perceptions of bodies, entangled in the use of technologies of life and death at the beginning of life?
- What bio- and necropolitical practices are involved in the population politics at stake globally regarding bodies that are enabled to either live or die?
- How does the cryopreservation of gametes relate to life and death, given that the suspension of life is enabled?
- How does technology shape experiences and politics regarding abortion globally?
- As medical staff, what is it like to work with technologies enabling life and death?
- How are abortion and fetal reduction experienced by pregnant persons?
- How are technologies entangled with affect or emotions during the process of making life and death?
- How do legal and medical technologies intersect as perceptions of quality of life are assessed in decisions on whether to allow someone to live or die?
- How are technologies used to manage the deaths of fetuses and infants in maternity wards and neonatal intensive care units until the burial or disposal of the body, and what norms of affect and grieving are implied?
- How do parents who have lost a child or terminated a pregnancy live with the remaking of death and dying through technologies?
- How can technologies of life and death at the beginning of life be theoretically conceptualized?
- What are the methodological challenges of studying technologies of life and death at the beginning of life?
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Program: Reproductive Technologies and the Remaking of Life and Death
Thursday: 24th of August
08.30 – 09.00: Registration and coffee, A C Meyers Vænge 15
09.00 – 09.45: Welcome and introduction to the conference: Stine W. Adrian, Auditorium 1.008
09.45 – 11.15: Keynote 1. Professor Kate Reed: 'It’s just part of the job': exploring the role of care in perinatal post-mortem work, Auditorium 1.008:
11.15 – 11.45: Coffee break
11.45 – 13.00: Plenary debate: Abortion in turbulent times. Moderator: Janne R. Herrmann. Panelists: Laura L. Heinsen, Turid Hermansdottir, Turid Nolsøe, Auditorium 1.008
13.00 – 14.00: Lunch
14.00 –15.30: Panels: A1- room 2.1.042, B1 room 2.1.043, C1 room 2.1.083, D1 room 2.1.121
15.30 – 16.00: Coffee break
16.00 – 17.30: Keynote 2: Professor Monica Casper: Birthing Death: What Infant and Maternal Mortality Reveal About Social Inequality, Auditorium 1.008
17.30 – 18.30: Boat to the Copenhagen Admiral Hotel for the conference dinner
Friday: 25th of August
08.30 – 09.00: Coffee, A C Meyers Vænge 15
09.00 – 10.30: Keynote 4: Professor Chia-Ling Wu: Anticipatory Regimes of Fetal Reduction, Auditorium 1.008
10.30 – 10.45: Coffee
10.45 – 12.15: Panels: A2 room 2.1.042, B2 room 2.1.043, D2 room 2.1.121
12.15 – 13.00: Lunch
13.00 – 14.30: Panels: A3- room 2.1.042, B3 room 2.1.043, C3 room 2.1.083, D3 room 2.1.121
14.30 – 15.00: Coffee
15.00 – 16.00: Plenary Wrap-Up, Moderator: Nina Lykke: Panelists: Ayo Wahlberg and Charlotte Kroløkke, Auditorium 1.008
All coffee breaks will be outside the Auditorium
Lunch will be served in the cantina
Changes to the panels may be made.
Panel 1 A room 2.1.042, Globegangen
Self management and abortion technologies
Chair: Anna Sofie Bach
Carrie Purcell, Victoria Newton, Fiona Bloomer and Lesley Hoggart: Self-managed medication abortion supported via telemedicine: Experiences during Covid-19
Lynn Thomas: From North Carolina to Nairobi’s Ward 6: An abortion technology for saving and enabling lives
Noga Friedman: “Abortion would be seven thousand times harder for me”. Permanent contraception and reproductive citizenship
Panel 2 A room 2.1.042, Globegangen
Visualization technologies, law and abortion
Chair: Laura Louise Heinsen
Pam Lowe, Rebecca Blaylock, Patricia Lohr, Lesley Hoggart: Seeing the Scan: Fetal Images in Abortion Care
Tracy Weitz, Hillary Gyuras, Danielle Besette and Michelle McGowan: Ultrasound and Abortion: Technological determinism and state control over the meaning of life/death
Alysaa Basmajian: Creating life by manufacturing a “heartbeat” with ultrasound technology
Panel 3 A room 2.1.042, Globegangen
Abortion, wombs and ethical and legal reflections
Chair: Aimee Middlemiss
Dunja Begovic and Elizabeth Chloe Romanis: Language and Abortion: Adressing the rethoric of ‘killing’ in debate, practice and policy
Mio Tamakoshi: The Techno-legal Environment of Multifetal Pregnancy Reduction: A comparative case study of Italy and Japan
Ji-Young Lee: Artificial Amnion and placenta technology (AAPT) and abortion: Confronting the “Death of the Fetus”
Aimee Middlemiss: In relation to the state: the biomedical administration of the boundaries of legal personhood and kinship in England
Panel 1 B, room 2.1.043, Globegangen
Chair: Tine Ravn
Andie Thompson: “The fetus falls of a cliff”: Oxidative stress relations at the nexus of the placenta
Bryan Lim and Mette Kragh-Furbo: Catalysing life: Exploring the tension surrounding folate as a reproductive technology
Mianna Meskus: Modulating death: Knowledge at the intersection of reproduction and ageing
Tine Ravn: The Social, Legal, and Ethical Implications of Research Concerning Embryoids in Relation to Human Embryos
Panel 2 B, room 2.1.043, Globegangen
Care and grief after pregnancy loss and induced abortion
Chair: Li-wen Shih
Sofie Mørk, Dorthe Hvidtjørn, Søren Møller, Tine Brink Henriksen, Maja O’connor og George Bonanno: Grief trajectories after loss in pregnancy and during the neonatal period
Julia Böcker and Veronika Siegl: From hiding the foetus to seeing the baby. New norms and practices of “viewability” following pregnancy loss and induced abortion
Li-wen Shih: Rearticulation of “Hsiao-Chan” (miscarriage, lit.small birth): Taiwanese women’s situated knowledges of pregnancy, life and loss
Paula Martone and Anna Molas: Negotiating ‘viability’ of preterm infants on the ground: the experiences of parents and healthcare workers in Spain
Panel 3 B room 2.1.043, Globegangen
Care and grief after pregnancy loss and induced abortion
Chair: Laura Louise Heinsen
Dorthe Hvidtjørn, Natasia Hindsbak, Christina Prinds, Sofie Mørk and Joanne Cacciatore: Social and professional support after termination of pregnancy due to fetal anomaly
Dunja Begovic: The ethical challenges and implications of perinatal pallilative care
Laura Louise Heinsen, Camilla Bruheim and Stine W. Adrian: Orchestrating Moral Bearability in the Clinical Management of Second-trimester Selective Abortion
Erica Millar: Second/third trimester abortions at the intersection of life and death
Panel 1 C, room 2.1.083, Klimagangen
Biopolitics and life and death
Chair: Stine W Adrian
Karina Edouard: Suspending Death, Enabling Life: Situating Doula-care as a critical reproductive technology in black maternal health
M. Mena, Jallicia Jolly, Carolina Coimbra: Towards Black Reproductive Rights: Transnational Activisms and Strategies Among Black Birth Workers in Three Continents
Dr. Karla da Costa: "Obstetric Racism in Brazil: Knowing the Reality and Reflecting on the Consequences"
Bolette Blaagaard, Stine Adrian and Signe Nordsted: How Journalism Forgets: A case study of how practices of state issued and controlled IUDs to the Inuit population in Greenland were forgotten and then remembered in Danish Journalism
Panel 3 C, room 2.1.083, Klimagangen
Life/Death, viability and disaster
Chair: Yael H Dolev
Tsipy Ivry: Ruptured obstetrical technologies, resilien birth: Women’s stories of childbirth during the 11 March 2011 earthquake in Japan
Vladimir Ariza: Maling a “binomio”. An exploration of “humanitarian objects” and there incidence in the relationship between mothers and child in the “1000 dias” program in Puerto Carreno, Colombia
Kateryna Moskalenko; Legal Regulation of Posthumous Reproduction in Ukraine
Yael H Dolev and Zwi Triger: Posthumous Reproduction in Israel: the alliance between familism, pronatalism, bereavement, militarism and patriarchy
Panel 1 D, room 2.1.121, Klimagangen
Reproductive technologies of life and death and Islam
Chair: Mutlu Burcu
Tara Asgarilaleh: Assisted Reproducve Technologies in the Islamic Republic: Infertility, Inequality and
Masculinities in Iran
Jess Marie Newman: Subjectivizing Therapeutic Abortion between law, islam, and prenatal diagnosis
Mutlu Burcu: The ethico-politics of uterine transplantation in cisgender women fro deceased donors in Turkey
Panel 2 D room 2.1.121, Klimagangen
Genetic selection and life and death
Chair: Ayo Wahlberg
Amarpreet Kaur: Reproductive technologies: The judge and jury of death before birth
Marie Hintnausová: Prospectives and non-prospective pregnancies: ontological effects of PND in Czech Republic
Jung Chen: Gendering the beginning of life: Taiwanese gay fathers’ decision-making on embryo sex-selection
Ayo Wahlberg: Selection and the normalization of “quality of life”
Panel 3 D, room 2.1.121, Klimagangen
Death during surrogacy and in the use of assisted reproductive technologies
Chair: Malene Tanderup
Orit Chorowicz Bar-Am: “Death during surrogacy and in the use of assisted reproductive technologies”
Malene Tanderup: Impact of the war in Ukraine ad the Covid 19 pandemic on transnational surrogacy- A qualitative study of Danish infertile couples experiences of being in “exile”.
Catarina Delaunay and Luis Gouveia: Mourning and bereavement outside the clinic: dealing with embryo loss and grief within assisted reproductive technologies
Manon Lefevre: From the laboratory to the cemetery: Ontologies of embryo life and death collide
The conference takes place from August 24 to 25, at Aalborg University Copenhagen, A.C. Meyers Vænge 15, 2450 KBH SV.
Aalborg University Copenhagen is located in the part of Copenhagen called Sydhavnen (South Harbour), right by the waterfront.
We will be in the University buildings and use the same facilities as the students. However the students will probably not be there in August since the semester starts September 1st.
Form the cantina, where we will enjoy lunch, we have the most beautifull view of Sydhavnen, with lots of house boats, and other activities.
You can read more about the venue here
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Hotel Scandic Sydhavnen is just a short walk from the Conference venue.
Link to Hotel Scandic Sydhavnen
A bit further, but still in walking distance is Hotel Scandic Sluseholmen.
Link to Hotel Scandic Sluseholmen
If you prefer to stay close to the center of town, there are numerous of nice hotels close to the Central station, from where you can take the S-tog to Sydhavnen within 15 minuts.
- Call for panels (Abstract 500 words): Deadline April 1, 2023
- Call for papers (Abstract 500 words): Deadline April 1, 2023
- Notification of acceptance: April , 2023
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- Last date for registration: Aug 1st, 2023
- Conference 24th-25th August 2023