Monday, May 04, 2009

CFP for Perinatal: A Symposium on Birth Practices and Reproductive Rights

Submission Deadline: July 13, 2009

A Symposium on Birth Practices and Reproductive Rights

Wednesday 7th October 2009 (tentative)
at George Mason University, Fairfax, Virginia

Forty years ago, the feminist movement advocated for reproductive rights. Over the years, childbirth was dropped from the agenda. Why? What has this meant for women? How are women organizing for change?

We welcome submissions from scholars, students, activists, artists, mothers and others who work or research in this area. Comparative and interdisciplinary work is encouraged. Feminist inquiries are explicitly sought, although all submissions will be considered. We encourage a variety of types of submissions including academic papers from all disciplines, workshops, creative submissions, performances, storytelling, visual arts, and other alternative formats.

This symposium is interdisciplinary. Possible topics include:
  • Cultural myths and expectations around birth (written, verbal, or visual culture)
  • Rethinking maternal-fetal conflict
  • The psychological impact of contemporary birth practices
  • Developments in midwifery, homebirth, and unassisted birth
  • The symbolic significance of birth practices as socialization
  • The evolution of contemporary birth practices and taboos
  • Maternal resistance to birth practices
  • The feminist movement and birth
If you are interested in being a presenter, please send a 250-500 word abstract and a 50 word bio by July 13, 2009 to: Jessica Clements ( Late abstracts will be considered and accepted if possible.

Please send the abstract as an attachment, not in the body of an email, in either PDF or Word DOC format. Include Title, Abstract (250-500 words), Name, Institutional Affiliation, Address, Phone, Email Address, Brief Bio (50 words).


  1. This looks like another important move toward giving birth its rightful place in the reproductive rights conversation. Thanks for sharing. I posted it on my own blog as well!

  2. You know I'm interested!


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