We are currently putting together a panel on abortion and infanticide in Latin America for the 2009 LASA in Rio de Janeiro. We need one or two more panelists for the panel.
Currently, the panel includes:
Alessandra El Far’s (Post-doc researcher at Unicamp in Brazil) paper analyzes the representation of abortion in popular Brazilian literature of the nineteenth century. She examines how the taboo of abortion became a popular theme in “sensational literature” of the nineteenth century and the differing reactions to these novels by those of different social classes.
Melissa Madera's (Ph.D. Candidate, Binghamton University (SUNY)) paper analyzes representations of "deviant" women, particularly those accused of infanticide and abortion, in state discourse and popular culture, including newspaper articles, novels, and poetry, in the Dominican Republic during the Trujillo Dictatorship. She pays particular attention to these issues in light of the state’s modernization and state building projects.
Zeb Tortorici's (Ph.D. Candidate, UCLA) paper uses late eighteenth- and early nineteenth-century abortion and infanticide cases from judicial archives in Mexico and Costa Rica to look at the experiences of women in these late colonial societies. His paper focuses on the historically constructed motivations and reasons behind these acts and, taking a critical look at the theological construction of the category of "nature," examines how abortion and infanticide were framed by both judicial and ecclesiastical authorities as crimes that were constantly on the margins of the "unnatural."
Raul Necochea's paper (Ph.D. Candidate, McGill University), "Abortion, Physicians, and the State in Peru, 1900-1976," combines evidence drawn from Peruvian penal archives, legal and medical opinions, to highlight some of the dimensions that made abortion significant as a biosocial experience during the 20th century, up to the mass introduction of cheap contraceptives in the 1960s.
Lynn Morgan (Professor and Chair of Anthropology, Mount Holyoke College) will serve as the discussant for the panel.
If you are interested in participating in this panel, please respond to Melissa Madera (email@example.com) and Zeb Tortorici (firstname.lastname@example.org)
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