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Shaping African diasporas future through reproductive/non-reproductive practices 
Serena Scarabello (University of Pavia)
Chiara Quagliariello (Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales)
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Marco Gardini (University of Pavia)
Anthropology (x) Gender, Sexuality & Intersectionality (y)
Philosophikum, S67
Friday 2 June, -, -, -
Time zone: Europe/Berlin

Short Abstract:

This panel focuses on the reproductive experiences of the women of the global African diasporas, focusing on the challenges encountered in their life trajectories and in their role in imagining and shaping diasporas' future, through (non)reproductive/mothering/motherhood practices in everyday life.

Long Abstract:

A growing academic literature is showing how future can be conceptualised as a space of imagination able to shape the present time and orient social practices. This is particular evident when we focus on the reproductive choices of African migrant women in their diasporic trajectories inside and outside the continent. Studies on the social meanings of motherhood within the African diasporas have pointed out the specific challenges women face during their migratory experiences, the changing gender roles and positions vis à vis their networks of origin or arrival, and the complex relations with local services and institutions. Less attention is given to their role in imagining and shaping diasporas' future, through reproductive/non-reproductive/mothering/motherhood practices in everyday life. By interpreting mothering in migration as a controversial "juggling act" (Gedalof 2007) between different spaces and times, we invite contributions that deepen experiences of motherhood and address:

- the several factors - legal, economic, political and cultural - that may affect and influence individual and familiar reproductive careers and their impact in mothering practices and future imagination in the migratory context;

- how gender roles within local, familiar, transnational and diasporic networks change in relation to reproductive or non-reproductive choices, as well as in relation to mothering strategies;

- how the relations with local institutions and welfare programmes change along the maternity experiences, in terms of expectations, relational practices, challenges and opportunities;

- how racialised imaginaries/ stereotypes may affect reproductive experiences in the global African diasporas.

Accepted papers:

Session 1 Friday 2 June, 2023, -
Session 2 Friday 2 June, 2023, -
Session 3 Friday 2 June, 2023, -