Reproducing the Environment: Climate Change, Gender, and Future Generations 
Janelle Lamoreaux (University of Cambridge)
Katharine Dow (University of Cambridge)
Senate House - G21A
Start time:
27 May, 2016 at 14:00 (UTC+0)
Session slots:

Short Abstract:

The ability of different species to survive, and reproduce, is integral to concerns about the environment. With future generations at stake, is climate change always also about reproduction? This panel will explore the diverse ways in which gender and reproduction intersect with the environment.

Long Abstract

This panel will consider the relationships between climate change, gender and reproduction. Climate change challenges the very idea of a future for many species, including humans. Participants will examine the questions climate change raises about the conditions of possibility for producing and sustaining human and non-human lives in the future. They will also consider what kinds of answers to these challenges people envisage, whether political, social, economic, legal, ethical or technological. What do technological responses like the cloning of endangered animals tell us about the connections between reproduction, gender and the environment? How do environmentalists discuss the implications of human population growth in an unequal world?

The gendered impacts of climate change are increasingly being documented by environmental and social justice organizations. As well as typically being held responsible for reproduction, women face greater risks of displacement, a higher burden of responsibility for subsistence and more severe health problems in relation to weather-related disasters. How are ideas about gender and reproductive health implicated in climate research? Does environmental campaigning reinforce heteronormative assumptions about reproduction, sex and gender or does it challenge an apparently gender-less world of environmental research, where reproduction is often sidelined in the face of seemingly more pressing economic or ethical concerns?

Potential topics include: the effects of climate change and environmental toxicity on diet, gendered bodies and reproductive health; GMOs and food security; seed banking; endangerment and extinction; reproductive decision-making and environmental concerns; conflicts over 'invasive' species; climate migration, kinship and fertility.

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