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From 18 December 2017 to 19 December 2017
Paris

Conference « Gender and contraception: what kind of (r)evolutions? »

To celebrate the 50th anniversary of the legalization of contraception in France, the Contraception&Genre junior lab (Cité du Genre, USPC) organizes an international conference on « Gender and contraception: what kind of (r)evolutions? », to be held in Paris, on December 18th and 19th, 2017. 

Fifty years ago, on December 19th, 1967, the French parliament adopted the Neuwirth Law legalizing contraception. During the same decade in France and in many other parts of the world, the use of new medical methods of birth control – such as the pill or intra-uterine devices – gradually increased. Usually perceived as a revolution, specifically regarding women’s self-determination of their bodies, this shift opened the path for major changes in how sexuality and its procreative consequences are dealt with. It produced major changes in norms of sexuality, fertility and gender. However, these evolutions have not always resulted in liberation, as some fertility control technologies have been used by governments in coercive ways to act upon population growth not only in so-called “developing countries”, but also in marginal fringes of the population in so-called “developed countries”.

The aim of the conference on “Gender and contraception” is to question those “(r)evolutions”, by  synthetizing  existing  research  and  offering  new  leads  on  birth  control  practices  (including contraception and abortion) from a gender studies perspective, with special attention to other power relations (class, race, age, disability). We seek a discussion between different fields dealing with contraception (demography, sociology, history, anthropology, political sciences, epidemiology, etc.)

 

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Call for papers

Call for papers - Conference: “Gender and contraception: what kind of (r)evolutions?”

The aim of the conference on “Gender and contraception” is to question those “(r)evolutions”, by  synthetizing  existing  research  and  offering  new  leads  on  birth  control  practices  (including contraception and abortion) from a gender studies perspective, with special attention to other power relations (class, race, age, disability). We seek a discussion between different fields dealing with contraception (demography, sociology, history, anthropology, political sciences, epidemiology, etc.)

1st axis: The politics of contraception

2nd axis: contraception, markets, industries, techniques

3rd axis: Medicalization, professions, institutions

4th axis: Trajectories and contraceptive practices

5th axis: Sexuality, responsibility, gender norms

 

Conditions/Terms of participation

 

The “Gender and contraception” conference aims at gathering many disciplines in order to produce state of the art research on birth control issues (contraception and abortion) and their political, social,  sanitary  and  sexual  stakes,  in  France  and  in  other  geographical  contexts.  Comparative  or transnational approaches will be appreciated.

This call for papers encourages proposals in English or French from academic institutions, as well as research  from  non-academic  entities  – professionals,  activists,  or members  of associations relating to this area of research. Proposals by young researchers (graduates) are more than welcome.

Proposals should be sent at contraception.genre@gmail.com.  They should consist of an abstract of 3000 to 5000 characters maximum (including spaces). They should include the paper title and the name, e-mail address, position, discipline and institutional affiliation of all author(s). Paper proposals will be anonymously evaluated by members of the scientific committee.

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Calendar

Deadline for proposals: July 15th, 2017

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