Informal Session: Stratified Reproduction in a Global Oceania
Organizers: Jenny Munro, Leslie Butt, and Madeline Lemeki
This informal session was attended by Heidi Colleran, Laura Burke, Sandra Widmer, Carol, Ceridwen Spark and John Cox as well as the organisers Jenny Munro and Leslie Butt. Sharyn Graham Davies attended via Skype, and we received abstracts in absentia from Sarah Smith and Els Rieke. We also had chats over coffee with people who couldn't make it to the session, or couldn't find it. One of the themes that arose in our discussion focused on reproductive technologies, broadly defined to include materialities and policies, and how these are ‘wielded' socially and politically to shape reproduction. Technology is produced socially through values that make the technology present: What technology is permissible, what is invisible, how is it dis- tributed and embedded in relationships. Who wields it and how. What issues of political belonging, exclusion and inclusion get wrapped up in how people engage or are engaged by medical technologies. We'd be happy to hear from those interested in writing on this topic in the near future.
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