thanks to our sponsors
We are grateful for sponsorship from the Ilza Veith Endowment of the Institute of the History of Medicine at Johns Hopkins University, The Department of Gynecology and Obstetrics, The Center for Medical Humanities and Social Medicine, The Department of History, The Alexander Grass Humanities Institute, The Program for the Study of Women, Gender, and Sexuality, The Center on Racism Immigration and Citizenship, The Center for Africana Studies, The Program in Latin American Studies, The Berman Institute of Bioethics, and the Department of Anthropology .
wednesday February 3
1:30 pm- 2:45 p.m.
Panel One: Historical Perspectives on Sterilization, Reproductive Governance, and Obstetric Violence
Opening remarks from the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
3:30- 5:00 p.m.
Keynote Discussion of Reproductive Injustice: Racism, Pregnancy, and Premature Birth, by Dána-Ain Davis, Professor of Urban Studies and Anthropology and director of the Center for the Study of Women and Society at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York.
Cara Page, Cultural/Memory Worker, Curator & Organizer
Karen Scott, Associate Professor and OBGYN Hospitalist in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of California, San Francisco
Deirdre Cooper-Owens, Charles and Linda Wilson Professor in the History of Medicine at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Carolyn Sufrin, Assistant Professor of Gynecology and Obstetrics at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
Thursday February 4
12:30 – 1:45 p.m.
Abortion Care During COVID-19: Front-Line Perspectives and the Limits of “Choice”
Talks and Q&A with Diane Horvath, MD, and Carolyn Sufrin, PhD, MD
2:30 – 3:45 p.m.
Panel Two: Historical Perspectives on Birth Control and Abortion in Bolivia, Brazil, China, and the U.S.
4:00- 5:15 p.m.
Panel Three: Reproduction, Racial Capitalism, and Family-Making in Barbados, South Africa, Mexico, and Canada
6:00- 8:15 p.m.
Documentary Film Screening: The Belly of the Beast, Exposé of Reproductive Injustice
Panel Discussion and Q&A with
Film Director Erika Cohn
Film Producer Angela Tucker
Film Participant Kelli Dillon
Film Participant Cynthia Chandler
Darien Colson-Fearon, MD Candidate at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
friday February 5
1:00 – 2:15
Panel Four: Race-Making in Public Health and Clinical Practice in South Africa, Central America, and South America
3:00 – 4:15
Panel Five: Pregnancy and Midwifery in Early Modern Medicine
5:00- 6:30 p.m.
Keynote Discussion of Reproduction on the Reservation: Pregnancy, Childbirth, and Colonialism in the Long Twentieth Century by Brianna Theobald, Assistant Professor of History at the University of Rochester
endawis Spears, Director of Programming & Outreach, Akomawt Educational Initiative
Elena Rebeca Gutiérrez, Associate Professor, Gender and Women’s Studies; and Latin American and Latino Studies
Jacki Thompson Rand, Associate Professor, Department of History, University of Iowa
Sasha Turner, Associate Professor of History and the History of Medicine at Johns Hopkins University
saturday February 6
11:00 a.m -12:15 p.m.
Panel Six: Race, Pain, and Care: Issues in Public Health and Clinical Practice in the U.S.
1:00 p.m. – 2:15 p.m.
Workshop and Q&A with Rebecca Mwase, performance artist and cultural organizer
Victoria Law, freelance author, editor, and organizer
Kellee Coleman, organizer with Vibrant Woman/Mama Sana prenatal clinic
Tanay Lynn Harris, co-founder of the Bloom Collective Baltimore
Cecilia Caballero, PhD Candidate at the University of Southern California
China Martens, organizer, editor, and author
Mai’a Williams, journalist, organizer, editor, and author
Jessica Marie Johnson, Assistant Professor of History at Johns Hopkins University
sunday February 7
11:00 a.m -12:15 p.m.
Panel Seven: Global Perspectives on Reproductive Governance and Obstetric Violence
1:00- 2:30 p.m.
Keynote Discussion of Taking Children: A History of American Terror by Laura Briggs, Professor of History at The University of Massachusetts Amherst and
Rachel Nolan, Freelance journalist and Assistant Professor of International Relations at the University of Boston
Nina Lakhani, Journalist for The Guardian and freelance author
Lina Rosa Berrío Palomo, Profesora-investigadora de Antropología Social en CIESAS Pacifico Sur
Alys Weinbaum, Professor of English at the University of Washington
Elizabeth O’Brien, Assistant Professor of the History of Medicine at Johns Hopkins University
3:00- 4:15 p.m.
Panel Eight: Historical Perspectives on Enslavement, Resistance, and Reproductive Health/Care in Brazil and the U.S.
Statement of Intent:
Scholars from across disciplines at the Johns Hopkins University and School of Medicine are organizing a conference entitled “Critical Conversations on Reproductive Health/Care: Past, Present, and Future,” to take place during the first week of February 2021.
The virtual meeting will consist of a series of conversations spread over multiple days, and with multiple forms of interaction. It will feature “reverse keynotes,” or discussions of key new books by leading scholars, as well as panel discussions about pre-circulated papers. In addition, there will be a documentary film screening and discussion, as well as community-centered discussions with maternal healthcare activists and artist Rebecca Mwase.
Recognizing that “reproduction” is a loaded term, in part, due to its capitalistic productive connotation, we intend to clarify the complexities of the term by interrogating reproduction as a site of intense struggle for healthcare access and justice; as the site of pressing issues regarding incarceration and decarceration; and as a site of the production and reification of settler-colonial and neo-colonial narratives about race, nation, and autonomy.
We further recognize that activists of color have redefined modern-liberal, whitecentered, and individualistic notions of reproductive choice, and that they have done so by promoting the intersectional teachings of reproductive justice. Inspired by this tradition—and recognizing our limits in engaging with it and drawing on its analytics in our own work—we aim to recognize and learn from historic legacies while envisioning reproductive futures based on dignity, solidarity, and historically-informed collective action.
Calll for Papers (Closed):
- Examine gender and reproduction in early modern and pre-modern times.
- Engage with the history and practice of nursing and midwifery, especially in light of the World Health Assembly’s designation of 2020 as the International Year of the Nurse and the Midwife.
- Explore the boundaries between reproduction, parenting, and reproductive labor.
- Reimagine health/care by interrogating the ways that communities, healthcare systems, and universities engage with the social structures that define or provide access to high-quality reproductive healthcare; historicize the barriers to accessing high-quality reproductive healthcare.
- Expose the history and practice of obstetric violence; highlight grassroots, scholarly, and legal activism against violations of people’s dignity during reproduction and childbirth.
- Interrogate the use of racialized risk calculators in obstetric and reproductive healthcare.
- Examine affect and emotion in reproductive healthcare, including people’s responses to emergency medical procedures such as hysterectomy.
- Analyze how reproduction intersects with mass incarceration, decarceration, depopulation, and abolition.
- Address immigration and reproduction of the national body politic by analyzing detention and the use of violence to force the reproductive, care-based, and family choices of migrants, refugees, and their families; including, for example, the forced separation of migrants and refugees from their children.
Convocatoria para la presentación de ponencias: “Diálogos Críticos Sobre la Medicina Reproductiva: Pasado, Presente, y Futuro.”
- Examinar el género y la reproducción en tiempos pre-modernos y en la modernidad temprana
- Involucrarse con la historia y la práctica de la enfermería y la partería, especialmente a la luz de la designación por parte de la Asamblea Mundial de la Salud del año 2020 como el Año Internacional de la Enfermera y la Partera.
- Explorar las diferencias entre la reproducción, la crianza de los hijos, y el labor reproductivo.
- Reconceptualizar la asistencia/médica, interrogando las maneras en que las comunidades, los sistemas de salud, y las universidades interactúan con los sistemas sociales que definen o proporcionan el acceso a la atención medica reproductiva de alta calidad.
- Exponer la historia y la práctica de la violencia obstétrica; resaltar el rol del activismo académico y legal contra las violaciones de la dignidad humana durante la reproducción y el parto.
- Interrogar la racialización de los “calculadores de riesgo” en la atención médica obstétrica y reproductiva.
- Examinar el afecto y la emoción en la asistencia medica, incluyendo las respuestas de las personas a los procedimientos médicos de emergencia como la histerectomía.
- Analizar cómo la reproducción se cruza con el encarcelamiento masivo, la decarcelación, la despoblación y la abolición. Abordar la inmigración y la reproducción del cuerpo político (body politic), analizando la detención y el uso de violencia para influenciar las decisiones reproductivas de los migrantes, los refugiados y sus familias; incluyendo, por ejemplo, la separación forzada de migrantes y refugiados de sus hijos.