In August 2018, we hosted the first meeting and workshop of the Reproductive Mobilities Research Network at the University of British Columbia Okanagan. This workshop brought together scholars from the social sciences and humanities working in a range of areas, including reproductive tourism, reproductive justice, bio politics, citizenship and migration, reproductive technologies, abortion or birth control travel, and cross-border reproduction. The workshop aimed to create and catalyze interdisciplinary dialogue amongst scholars of anthropology, sociology, geography, sexuality studies, queer theory, feminist students, Indigenous studies and other disciplines addressing issues related to the broad field of globalization of reproduction from a mobilities framework. Mimi Sheller was an exceptional Discussant, and Michal Nahman provided a thought-provoking Keynote address.
Abstracts for the Discussant and Keynote addresses, as well as all of them other papers contributed to the workshop can be found here.
Mimi Sheller's Discussant Address: Transcript
Michal Nahman's Keynote Address: Transcript
Special Issue of Mobilities
We decided to continue the productive and generative conversations catalyzed at the Reproductive Mobilities Workshop 2018 by collaborating on a Special Issue of Mobilities. This intellectual project seeks to understand mobile reproductive practices through the lens of the critical mobilities scholarship. At the same time, this project seeks to challenge the extant mobilities literature by entering feminist, queer, post-colonial, and indigenous theorizing and empirical work as a means to move beyond what Sheller, in her discussant remarks, called "the monastic sovereign subject" that features implicitly in the scholarship. In this way, the nexus of transnational reproduction and critical mobilities provides an exciting opportunity through which to foreground intersectional and material analyses in the scholarship and to formulate new theoretical orientations that begin from questions about "the differential and heterogenous mobile bodies" as well as "partial or plural subjects moving through these reproductive networks" (Sheller 2018, Reproductive Mobilities Workshop).
This Special Issue is currently developing. We will provide more information as soon as possible!