Sunday, February 1, 2009

Conference on ART and the Politics of Reproduction

Via the Barnard Center for Research on Women:

In_vitro_2 The Scholar & Feminist Conference XXXIV
New Technologies of Life

Saturday, February 28, 2009
Barnard College
3009 Broadway (at 117th St)
New York, NY 10027

Increased demand for assisted reproductive technology (ART) and transnational adoption has been propelled by a number of factors, including the development of new technologies and changes in familial form—such as childrearing in second or third marriages; lesbian, gay, and transgendered families; and delays in childbearing and subsequent difficulties in conception—that make ART helpful. Other relevant factors include environmental changes that have negatively affected fertility levels, new levels of transnational migration and interaction that have fueled awareness of babies available for and in need of adoption, and concerns about genetic diseases and disabilities. Effectively, the various imperatives and the desires, both cultural and personal, that the use of ART fosters and responds to, have created a "baby business" that is largely unregulated and that raises a number of important social and ethical questions. Do these new technologies place women and children at risk? How should we respond ethically to the ability of these technologies to test for genetic illnesses? And how can we ensure that marginalized individuals, for example, people with disabilities, women of color, and low-income women, have equal access to these new technologies and adoption practices? And, similarly, how do we ensure that transnational surrogacy and adoption practices are not exploitative? These questions and many others on the global social, economic and political repercussions of these new forms of reproduction will be the focus of this year's Scholar and Feminist Conference.

The conference is open to the public and admission is on a sliding scale (students are free). 

Click here to register.

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