CFP: The History and Politics of Abortion

CFP: The History and Politics of Abortion

An edited collection by Tracy Penny Light and Shannon Stettner

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 abort[email protected]. Article abstracts due November 30, 2012.