CFP: Canadian Abortion Politics: Twenty-Five Years After Morgentaler

CFP: Canadian Abortion Politics: Twenty-Five Years After Morgentaler

An edited collection by Tracy Penny Light and Shannon Stettner

Although more than two decades have passed since Canada’s abortion law was struck down by the Supreme Court, abortion remains a controversial issue. Twenty years ago Janine Brodie, Shelley A. M. Gavigan, and Jane Jenson’s seminal book, The Politics of Abortion (1992), provided an incisive look at the history of abortion politics in Canada. Our edited collection, Canadian Abortion Politics: Twenty-Five Years After Morgentaler, picks up the analysis of abortion history and politics in Canada where The Politics of Abortion left off, examining abortion from new perspectives and analytical frames, incorporating political and medical developments that affect abortion in Canada as well reinterpretations of historical events.

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
-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
-Canada in an international perspective (comparative pieces)

Please submit abstracts of no more than 300 words and a one-page CV to Tracy Penny Light at [email protected]

General timeline for edited collection:
-Abstracts due August 31, 2012
-Acceptances sent out by September 30, 2012
-Articles due January 1, 2013
-Workshop spring 2013
-Revised papers due August 1, 2013