Simultaneous Streams Session I

Wed 15 June 15:30 – 17:00


Stream 1: Ethics, Care and Stratification I:

Feminist Futures and the Question of Birth, closed panel

Chair: Rachelle Chadwick (University of Pretoria) & Rodante Van der Waal (University of Humanistic Studies, Utrecht)

Rachelle Chadwick (University of Pretoria) The Future is Now: Birth and Questions of Freedom

Fanny Perrett (Arcade Sages-Femmes) and Patricia Perrenoud (Haute Ecole de Santé Vaud) Tentatively countervailing structural violence through creative maternity care in Switzerland: past, present and future initiatives 

Katie Ann Tobin (Durham University) “Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? Gestational Pedagogy in Orphan Black

Rodante Van der Waal (University of Humanistic Studies, Utrecht) Reproductive Justice Reconceived in Abolitionist Anarchafeminist Futures

Zaina Mahmoud (University of Exeter) “I’m not ‘Mum,’ I’m Me!”: Obstetric Care Provision in British Surrogacy Arrangements


Stream 2: Biopolitics, Industry and Markets I:

Stuvøy, van de Wiel, Rajala-Vaittinen, Weis & Kirpichenko

Chair: Lucy van de Wiel (King’s College London)

Ingvill Stuvøy (Norwegian University of Science and Technology) Pricing the pregnancy experience. An examination of new forms of market-based pregnancy services in Norway

Lucy van de Wiel (King’s College London) Fertility Efficiency: How Financialised Logics Shape Reproductive Futures in Contemporary IVF 

Annastiina Rajala-Vaittinen (Tampere University) The political economy of female reproductive organs: The costs of vaginal reproduction of the economy on the limits of care and treatment

Christina Weis (De Monfort University) & Maria Kirpichenko (Norwegian University of Science and Technology) ‘Traditional family values’ and the looming ban of Russian transnational surrogacy ‘for everybody’ 


Stream 3: Family Practices, Intimacies and Kinship I:

Choreographies of Queer Kinship I, closed panel

Chair: Marcin Smietana (University of Cambridge)

Robert Pralat (University of Cambridge) ‘It’s not just, do I want to have children? It’s also, do I want to disclose my HIV status?’ Reproductive decision-making of gay men living with HIV

Venetia Kantsa (University of the Aegean) “Τhe best interests of the child” under the light of same-sex parenthood: The Greek case as an example for rediscussing nature/nurture

Daphna Birenbaum-Carmeli (University of Haifa )Adaptability and precarity: Taking apart families of choice

Discussant: Mwenza Blell (Newcastle University)


Stream 4: More-than-Human Relations and Toxic Environments I:

Multispecies Futures I, closed panel

Chair: Edmée Ballif (University of Cambridge)

Convenors: Edmée Ballif, Julieta Chaparro-Buitrago, Marcin Smietana (University of Cambridge)

Sharmilla Rudrappa (University of Texas Austin) Dengue and the Afterlives of Colonialism

Emma Findlen LeBlanc (Yale University) When Trees are Children and Clear Cuts are Massacres: Industrial Forestry and the Precarity of Interspecies Care in an Acadian Forest Community

Janelle Lamoreaux (University of Arizona) Cryoconservation as Care? Banking on the Future of Multispecies Gametes

Jamie Brooks Robertson (London) & Natalie Fixmer-Oraiz (University of Iowa) Communicating Collective Care: Possibilities at the Nexus of Reproductive Justice and Veganism


Stream 5: Body Politic and Fertility I:

Reproductive Justice and Fertility in Comparative Perspective, closed panel

Chair: Yuliya Hilevych (University of Groningen)

Christabelle Sethna (University of Ottawa) Heartbeat: Abortion on Demand, Fetal Viability and Reproductive Rights in Canada, 1967-1969

Yuliya Hilevych (University of Groningen) Infertility awareness in postwar Britain and Ukraine

Cara Delay (College of Charleston) ‘No one told us’: Women’s narratives of contraceptive access in Ireland, 1980-2018


Stream 6: Technological Pasts, Presents and Futures I:

Merleau-Ponty, Claesen, Hukku & Wynn & Foster, Eriksson

Chair: Lise Eriksson (Uppsala University)

Noémie Merleau-Ponty (University of Cambridge) Which future for reproductive bioethics?

Zoë Claesen (KU Leuven) Exploring harms of unrestricted access to fetal information through the lens of neoliberal governmentality

Srishti Hukku (University of Ottawa) & Angel M. Foster (University of Ottawa) & Lisa L. Wynn (Macquarie University) I’m pro-choice at the root of everything”: The impact of artificial womb technology on the future of abortion in Canada

Lise Eriksson (Uppsala University) Normalisation and Routinisation of Surrogacy and Uterus Transplantation in Medical Discourse: From Innovation to Cultural Adaptation


Stream 7: Imagining and Speculating Reproduction I:

Abel, Griessler, Lie, Oinas & Huttunen

Chair: Elina Oinas (University of Helsinki)

Charlotte Abel (University of California) Reproductive Futurism in the Era of COVID-19

Erich Griessler (Institute for Advanced Studies) Regulating change in human procreation. Value changes and imaginaries of Assisted Reproductive Technologies in eight European countries

Merete Lie (Norwegian University of Technology and Science) Sci-art’s imaginations of the future of reproduction

Elina Oinas (University of Helsinki) & Katriina Huttunen (University of Helsinki) Reproduction of what? Paradoxies in contemporary biomedical immunology research


Stream 8: Online Session I:

Bassan, Saunders, Gilman & Redhead & Frith

Chair: Leah Gilman (University of Manchester)

Sharon Bassan (DePaul University) Recognition – The solution to ethical surrogacy transactions

Kristina Saunders (University of Glasgow) Taking matters into your own hands? Thinking through the social and political meanings of ‘DIY’ in the context of IUD/S self-removal

Leah Gilman & Caroline Redhead & Lucy Frith (University of Manchester) Direct-to-consumer genetic testing and donor conception: Reconfiguring relatedness in the digital age?


Simultaneous Streams Session II

Thu 16 June 10:30-12:00


Stream 1: Ethics, Care and Stratification II:

Self-Determination and Care in Childbirth Today, closed panel

Chair: Kaisa Kuurne (University of Helsinki)

Keiju Vihreäsalo (University of Helsinki) Between objectification and rights: The question of self-determination and the narratives of obstetric violence

Anna Leppo (University of Helsinki) Diminished autonomy, wounded agency and scarcity of care – experiences of childbirth during the COVID-19 pandemic

Eeva Itkonen (University of Helsinki) The question of self-determination in making decisions on the mode of delivery in the Finnish maternity care

Johanna Sarlio-Nieminen (University of Helsinki) Labour ward dilemmas: Finnish midwives’ reflections on self-determination at labour and birth

Kaisa Kuurne (University of Helsinki) In the fringes of Finnish birth culture: Silent and under-developed questions of birth


Stream 2: Biopolitics, Industry and Markets II:

Bounyad, Nilsson, Molas

Chair: Anna Molas (Autonomous University of Barcelona)

Tiba Bonyad (The University of Manchester) The Iranian informal ovum market: operating at the intersection of biolabour, gender, and economic inequalities

Elina Nilsson (Uppsala University) “I gave the babies to them, and that’s the end”: Thai surrogates negotiating the relation to intended parents

Anna Molas (Autonomous University of Barcelona) The labour of donorship: Reproductive work and subjectification among egg donors in Spain


Stream 3: Family Practices, Intimacies and Kinship II:

Choreographies of Queer Kinship II, closed panel

Chair: Marcin Smietana (University of Cambridge)

Marcin Smietana (University of Cambridge) & France Winddance Twine (University of California Santa Barbara) Queer decisions: Racial matching among gay male intended parents

Sonja Mackenzie (Santa Clara University/University of Cambridge) Biogenetics and/at the border: The structural intimacies of LGBTQ transnational kinship

Aditya Bharadwaj (Graduate Institute, Geneva) Queering the pitch: Strange kinship and the end of reproductive desires

Discussant: Charis Thompson (UC Berkeley)


Stream 4: More-than-Human Relations and Toxic Environments II:

Multispecies Futures II, closed panel

Chair: Julieta Chaparro-Buitrago (University of Cambridge)

Convenors: Edmée Ballif, Julieta Chaparro-Buitrago, Marcin Smietana (University of Cambridge)

Sreeparna Chattopadhyay (FLAME University) Planetary Concerns and (Non)Reproduction – A View from Urban India

Heather McMullen (Queen Mary University of London) & Katharine Dow (University of Cambridge) From the Personal to the Population: Scaling Reproductive Decision-Making in the Face of Climate Change

Tsipy Ivry (Haifa University) Disrupted Ecologies, Maternal Environments, and the Gender of Guilt in Japan

Edmée Ballif (University of Cambridge) Caring for Young Humans, Other Animals and the Environment: Child Veganism as Multispecies Reproduction

Discussant: Eben Kirksey


Stream 5: Body Politic and Fertility II:

Hashiloni-Dolev, Asgarilaleh, Friedman

Chair: Noga Friedman (Benguryon University)

Yael Hashiloni-Dolev (Ben Gurion University) Fertile Forever? Danish and Israeli Men’s Attitudes on Fertility Preservation

Tara Asgarilaleh (University of Cambridge) Assisted Reproductive Technologies in the Islamic Republic: Infertility, Inequality and Masculinities in Iran

Noga Friedman (Benguryon University) ‏Compulsory fertility and sterilized existence


Stream 6: Technological Pasts, Presents and Futures II:

Herbrand & Hudson, Turrini & Pavone, Tammi & Homanen, Siermann & Tsuiko & Borry

Chair: Vincenzo Pavone (Spanish National Research Council)

Cathy Herbrand & Nicky Hudson (De Montfort University) ‘Selectively stratified: the use of expanded carrier screening in fertility medicine’

Mauro Turrini & Vincenzo Pavone (Spanish National Research Council) Banalisation of genomics in reproductive field: Genetic matching, predictive selection and adds-on in reproductive facilities

Ronja Tammi (University of Helsinki) & Riikka Homanen (Tampere University) Genetics and kinship in egg donors’ accounts

Maria Siermann & Olga Tsuiko & Pascal Borry (KU Leuven) Preimplantation genetic testing for polygenic conditions: directives from normative documents on PGT-M                      


Stream 7: Imagining and Speculating Reproduction II:

Futures Past: The Politics of Speculative Reproduction, closed panel

Chair: Heather Latimer (University of British Columbia)

Heather Latimer (University of British Columbia) Future Now: Reproductive Politics and The Dystopic Imaginary

Karen Weingarten (Queen’s College- City University of New York) Future Then: The First Test Tube Babies and Dystopic Technologies

Anna McFarlane (University of Glasgow) Future How: Reproduction and the Anthropocene Unconscious 

Julia Gatermann (University of Dresden) Future When: Science Fictional Reimaginings of the ‘Human’ through Asexual Reproduction and Non-Human Entanglements


Stream 8: Online Session II:

Moll, Rodriguez, Gouveia & Delaunau & Morais, Huang

Chair: Tessa Moll (University of the Witwatersrand)

Tessa Moll (University of the Witwatersrand) Managing the future: Curature and assisted reproductive technologies in the afterlife of apartheid

Ainhoa Rodriguez-Muguruza (the University of the Basque Country) I want to Bleed (and Why You Should Too)

Luís Gouveia & Catarina Delaunay & Rita Morais (Interdisciplinary Centre of Social Sciences) The inflow of disquietudes in the quietude of laboratory work: perspectives of clinical embryologists on family, relatedness and kinship in a context of technoscientific reproduction

Tianqi Huang (University of Cambridge) Revisiting Fertility Motivation, Reimagining Reproductive Futures: Changing Perceptions in IVF Journey in China


Simultaneous Streams Session III

Thu 16 June 15:00-16:30


Stream 1: Ethics, Care and Stratification III:

Queer Reproductive Justice, closed panel

Chair: Sonja Mackenzie (Santa Clara University / University of Cambridge) & Marcin Smietana (University of Cambridge)

Sonja Mackenzie (Santa Clara University / University of Cambridge), Laura Mamo (San Francisco State University) & Marcin Smietana (University of Cambridge) What’s queer got to do with it? Building an integrated theory of Queer Reproductive Justice

Tiia Sudenkaarne (Tampere University / University of Helsinki) & Mwenza Blell (Newcastle University) Reproductive justice for the haunted Nordic welfare state: Race, racism, and queer bioethics in Finland

Sarojini Nadimpally (Sama Resource Group for Women and Health) Accessing reproduction: Reproducing heteronormativity in India

Lauren Silver (Rutgers University) Queering Kinship: Transformative Praxis Through Centering Young People’s Family Making

Kimala Price (San Diego State University) Queering Reproductive Justice: The Point Where Reproductive Justice Meets LGBTQ+ Politics


Stream 2: Biopolitics, Industry and Markets III:

Chautems, Jacobson & König, Whittaker & Moll & Gerrits & Hammarberg & Manderson

Chair: Andrea Whittaker (Monash University)

Caroline Chautems (University of Lausanne) Doula care and cesarean delivery in Switzerland: reclaiming surgical birth

Heather Jacobson (University of Texas at Arlington) & Anika König (Freie Universität Berlin) Reprowebs: a new concept for better understanding current developments in the global fertility industry

Andrea Whittaker (Monash University) & Tessa Moll (University of the Witwatersrand) & Trudie Gerrits (The University of Amsterdam) & Karin Hammarberg (Monash University) & Lenore Manderson (University of the Witwatersrand) Mobilities of assisted reproduction staff across borders.


Stream 3: Family Practices, Intimacies and Kinship III:

Close, Leibetseder, Castrén, Poelman

Chair: Doris Leibetseder (University of Vienna)

Rebecca Close (Aalto University) Towards a Theory of Queer Post-Internet Reproductive Work

Doris Leibetseder (University of Vienna) Queer and Trans Reproduction during Covid-19

Anna-Maija Castrén (University of Eastern Finland) Women’s life course trajectories to a non-conjugal family: couple norm and beyond

Sanna Poelman (Tampere University) Reproductive Justice Examined: Family making in the context of Thai women in Finland


Stream 4: More-than-Human Relations and Toxic Environments III:

Luksaite, Le Goff, Kroløkke, Mäkelin & Helosvuori & Meskus

Chair: Elina Helosvuori (University of Tampere)

Eva Luksaite (Keele University) More-than-human care: biomedicine, reproductive anxieties, and spirit possession in Rajasthan 

Anne Le Goff (University of California) Attending to the Vulnerability of Germ Cells

Charlotte Kroløkke (University of Southern Denmark) Prison Cows. Conserving and Reproducing Endangered Lapland Cattle     

Marianne Mäkelin (University of Helsinki) & Elina Helosvuori (University of Tampere) & Mianna Meskus (University of Tampere) Being accountable in the Anthropocene: Strategic management of life in the laboratory


Stream 5: Body Politic and Fertility III:

Widmer, Hsu, Lefévre, Szalma & Murinkó

Chair: Alexandra Widmer (York University)

Alexandra Widmer (York University) “Young Mothers” in Population Discourses and Village Experiences: Fertility control, Kinship Relations and the Prevention of Landless Futures in Vanuatu

Pei-Chieh Hsu (University of Cambridge) The Framing of Assisted Reproductive Technology Policies under the Declining Birthrate ContextThe Japanese Case.

Manon Lefèvre (Yale University) Envisioning Critical Demographies: A Feminist STS framework for new insights into fertility, population, and reproductive autonomy

Ivett Szalma (Centre for Social Sciences) & Lívia Murinkó (Hungarian Demographic Research Institute) Cultural and ideological pronatalism in Europe


Stream 6: Technological Pasts, Presents and Futures III:

Yopo Díaz, Fearon, Pecjak, Førde

Chair: Kristin Engh Førde (University of Oslo)

Martina Yopo Díaz (Universidad Diego Portales) Postponement as precarity. Reconceptualizing the nature of late fertility

Kriss Fearon (De Montfort University) “It’s to level the playing field”: family solidarity and intrafamilal egg donation in families affected by Turner Syndrome (TS)

Elgin Pecjak (University of Ottawa) Fear of family or fear of freezing?: Egg freezing and desires for biogenetic parenthood among transgender and gender nonconforming individuals taking testosterone

Kristin Engh Førde (University of Oslo) “Maybe one ACTUALLY can’t have it all?” Egg freezing and the hardships of combing heterosexual procreation with heterosexual partnering in a late modern welfare state


Stream 8: Online Session III:

Sasser & Merchant, Buyck, Kowalska, Sharma

Chair: Jade Sasser (University of California)

Jade S. Sasser & Emily Merchant (University of California) Race, Climate Emotions, and Reproductive Futures in the U.S.

Joren Buyck (Tampere University) (Trans)forming kinship: an institutional ethnographic study of transgender fertility care

Małgorzata Kowalska (Adam Mickiewicz University) Net weaving. Ethnographic engagement in the emerging multispecies network

Priya Sharma (Indian Institute of Technology Bombay) Towards a more Caring and Just Reproductive Future: A Critical Analysis of Surrogacy Regulation in India



Simultaneous Streams Session IV

Fri 17 June 9:00 – 10:30


Stream 1: Ethics, Care and Stratification IV:

Pierson & Caruana-Finkel, Side, Sudenkaarne

Chair: Tiia Sudenkaarne (University of Helsinki)

Claire Pierson & Liza Caruana-Finkel (University of Liverpool) Not knowing or not wanting to know? Abortion, ignorance, and resistance

Katherine Side (Memorial University of Newfoundland) Transnationality Mobility and Statis, Status Precarity and Reproductive Futures

Tiia Sudenkaarne (University of Helsinki) On Vulnerability and Principles: A Queer Feminist Framework


Stream 4: More-than-Human Relations and Toxic Environments IV:

Rantala, Gonzalez, Crunchant, Bach & Breengaard

Chair: Teija Rantala (University of Turku)

Teija Rantala (University of Turku) Resisting the ‘natural flow’: Young former Conservative Laestadian women and reproductive freedom

Sandra Gonzalez (Universidad Anahuac) Reproductive & Environmental Health: From bench to bedside.

Eléonore Crunchant (Geneva University) Anticipating infertility in the context of environmental risks: reproducing inequalities and transforming reproductive norms?

Anna Sofie Bach (University of Copenhagen) & Michala Hvidt Breengaard (Aarhus University) Responsible Reproductive Citizenship? Negotiating the tension between a Danish ‘fertility awareness’ and the global climate crisis


Stream 5: Body Politic and Fertility IV:

Shih, Lindgren, Bodin & Björklund

Chair: Maja Bodin (Malmö University) 

Li-Wen Shih (Taipei Medical University) Reproductive Future of No Future? Enacting Miscarriage through Social and Medical practice and Women’s Embodiment in Taiwan

Matilda Lindgren (Uppsala University) Imagined futures of donor offspring: Swedish policy-making on egg and embryo donation

Maja Bodin (Malmö University) & Jenny Björklund (Uppsala University) Reproductive decision-making in times of crisis



Simultaneous Streams Session V

Fri 17 June 15:00-16:30


Stream 3: Family Practices, Intimacies and Kinship V:

Frankfurth, Helin, Chaparro-Buitrago

Chair: Julieta Chaparro-Buitrago (University of Cambridge)

Yvonne Frankfurth (University of Cambridge) The boundaries of Germanness: Germans travelling to Austria for egg donation

Vaula Helin (University of Eastern Finland) Building a single-parent family: gendered relationship categories in the interview talk of single mothers by choice

Julieta Chaparro-Buitrago (University of Cambridge) The Bureucratization of Harm or How States Deal with Reproductive Abuse


Stream 5: Body Politic and Fertility V:

Controlling Reproductive Futures, closed panel

Chair: Ellen E. Foley (Clark University)

Ellen E. Foley (Clark University)& Margaret MacDonald (York University) Technology and reproductive futures: thinking with the Sayana Press®

Anindita Majumdar (Indian Institute of Technology Hyderabad) Miracle Babies: The Quest for Children amongst the Post-Menopausal in India

Rajani Bhatia (University of Albany) & Anne Hendrixson (Challenging Population Control) Resurgent white nativist and ecofascist demographic anxieties: White space-making populationism in the Age of Climate Change

Susanne Schultz (Goethe University Frankfurt) Beyond the right wing: Neo-Malthusian reflexes in technocratic mainstream and posthumanist climate debates