CFP – Abortion History and Politics edited volume of essays

Women’s bodies have always been sites of struggle–over meanings and for
control.  The most polarizing conflicts involve women’s reproductive
autonomy.  Around the world women continue to fight for or to retain hard
won abortion rights.  Women’s experiences with abortion are contested by
and between the medical establishment, the state, churches, the media, and
activists.  Further complicating these conflicts are issues of race, class,
gender, and heteronormativity.  This collection seeks to publish works on
the history and politics of abortion worldwide.  We invite theoretical,
country-specific, and transnational comparative pieces.

Topics may include, but are not limited to:

-Shifting (historical/political) meanings of abortion

-The place of women in abortion politics/history

-Historical constructions of the fetus

-‘Pro-choice’ and ‘pro-life’ activism

-Reproductive justice movement

-The role of the state in abortion politics

– The role of the medical profession in abortion politics

-The influence of medical advancements on abortion politics/history

-Abortion and sexuality

Please submit abstracts of no more than 300 words and a one-page CV to
Tracy Penny Light at abortionpolitics@gmail.com. Article abstracts due
November 30, 2012.

Tracy Penny Light is Director of Women’s Studies at the University of
Waterloo and Associate Professor in the Sexuality, Marriage, and Family
Studies and History departments at St. Jerome’s University (University of
Waterloo).  Her research explores the medical discourse on gender and
sexuality in Canada and the United States in the twentieth century.  Her
forthcoming book, _Shifting Interests: The Medical Discourse on Abortion
in English Canada, 1850-1969_ (Wilfrid Laurier University Press) explores the
ways that the medical profession has understood abortion practices in the
past.  She has published articles on masculinity and the feminine ideal in
Canada and the United States as well as on developing historical thinking
in students.  She is also co-editing two forthcoming books: _Bodily
Subjects: Essays on Gender and Health, 1800-2000_ (with Wendy Mitchinson
and Barbara Brookes) and a book on feminist pedagogy in higher education
(with Jane Nicholas and Renee Bondy).

Shannon Stettner recently defended her dissertation, *Women and Abortion in
English Canada: Public Debates and Political Participation, 1959-1970*, at
York University and is under contract to revise the manuscript for
publication* *(Wilfrid Laurier University Press). The book explores women?s
contributions to the abortion law reform debate of the decade.  She has
published in the *Canadian Bulletin of Medical History* and is currently
editing a volume of abortion narratives and think pieces entitled *Voices
on Choice(s): Reflections on Abortion in Canada*.

Tracy Penny Light
University of Waterloo

source: H-Asia


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