P31
Coming to life: sovereign births and other reproductive logics

Convenors:
Jenny Munro (University of Queensland)
Chair:
Jenny Munro (University of Queensland)
Format:
Panels
Location:
The Cairns Institute, D3-144
Sessions:
Friday 7 December, 13:45-15:15

Short abstract:

This panel explores reproductive logics in the context of arguments about the gradations and variegations of sovereignty ostensibly permitted to, sought after, and experienced by, different populations.

Long abstract:

In The Economization of Life, Michelle Murphy argues that neoliberal population logics have differently valued reproduction according to future economic productivity and the enhancement of the national economy. This argument highlights the continued devaluation of some lives over others and expands on the notion of 'stratified reproduction', in which reproduction reflects and reinforces inequalities. This panel explores reproductive logics in the context of arguments about the gradations and variegations of sovereignty ostensibly permitted to, sought after, and experienced by, different populations. It seeks contributions that explore specific instances of the population logics described by Murphy or other population logics that differently value reproduction (including but not limited to desire, conception, pregnancy, birth, and care). For example, Indigenous continuity under settler colonialism, the global logic of saving maternal lives, or citizenship laws that punish reproduction may represent other population logics with implications for whether and how reproduction serves or threatens political ends, and how it reflects and creates inequalities. This panel seeks contributions that explore reproductive logics and/or ask how people address these logics in practice.