I am putting together a panel dealing with reproductive technologies and identity for the upcoming MAASA conference "Identities and Technoculture," to be held in Iowa City, Iowa, April 3-4, 2009.
I will be writing about snowflake babies (embryos that are 'left over' in fertility clinics and adopted by other couples; the surrogate mother then carries the fetus to term and delivers a child who is not genetically hers or her husband's). I will look at the use of religious rhetoric around embryo adoption, some of the legal questions (Is an embryo property? Is it product? Does it have legal rights?), and class and whiteness (Who can afford fertility treatment and embryo storage? Who gets to adopt? Why adopt these embryos rather than children who are "left over" in the foster system? Are the children created through embryo adoption viewed as 'more adoptable' than children adopted through traditional means?)
Topics of interest include:
1) the current baby boom and American nationalism
2) African-American resistance to Planned Parenthood
3) _Jon and Kate Plus 8_ and media consumption
4) The Quiverfull movement and religion
5) The pathologizing of menstruation and feminism
6) Pharmecutical birth control and religious conscience
7) abstinence education and international policy
Presenters should focus on the intersection of reproductive technology and some aspect of identity.
Papers that are grounded in history or address African-American experience, art, and the internet are especially welcome.
Interested folks should send a 100-word biographical note, paper title, 250-word proposal, and contact information to email@example.com by December 15, 2008.
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