Click the star to add/remove an item to/from your individual schedule.
You need to be logged in to avail of this functionality, and to see the links to virtual rooms.


Reproductive Hopes, Travels and Self-management of Care: Seeking Reproductive and Sexual Healthcare across Time and Space 
Joanna Mishtal (University of Central Florida)
Silvia De Zordo (University of Barcelona)
Giulia Zanini (Ca' Foscari University of Venice)
Send message to Convenors
Peter Froggatt Centre (PFC), 03/006A
Thursday 28 July, -
Time zone: Europe/London

Short Abstract:

This panel examines how mobilities and immobilities are experienced when people try to fulfil their "reproductive hopes", by seeking reproductive/sexual health services not available locally, including via self-care/telemedicine, and the impact of different temporalities on these (im-)mobilities.

Long Abstract:

This panel examines strategies people use to fulfil their reproductive needs when they seek reproductive and sexual healthcare not available locally, either by traveling far from where they live, including abroad, or via self-management of care. Seeking care away from one's locality entails the need to cross regional or international borders, contestations and circumvention of laws, need to escape stigma, or quest for services unavailable in one's country/region of origin. Mobilities in pursuit of healthcare, however, reveal great inequalities and barriers: some people, in fact, may be unable to travel due to legal documentation status, economic resources, or social supports necessary to make the journeys, and may thus seek alternatives, including self-care. When successful, these pursuits may be understood as reflections of "reproductive hopes" in that solutions may come from the movement to overcome barriers and awareness of one's rights to sexual/reproductive health and/or self-determination. From the perspective of longue durée, these reproductive hopes also draw attention to people's wisdom that emerge from lived experiences under restrictive laws and regimes. Given that sexual and reproductive health needs are often time-sensitive, we consider the impact of different temporalities - bodily time, societal and relational time, political/legal time - on people's (im-)mobilities and sexual and reproductive health experiences. Finally, the COVID-19 pandemic allows us to examine telemedicine as a potentially transformative innovation perceived by many reproductive rights advocates as hopeful in reducing mobility needs, and thus impacting sexual and reproductive health experiences.

Accepted papers:

Session 1 Thursday 28 July, 2022, -