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Reproductive futures: aspirations, ancestors, and anxieties 
Nanna Schneidermann (Aarhus University)
Tessa Moll (University of the Witwatersrand)
Deevia Bhana (University of KwaZulu-Natal)
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Anthropology (x) Gender, Sexuality & Intersectionality (y)
Philosophikum, H80
Wednesday 31 May, -, -
Time zone: Europe/Berlin

Short Abstract:

How does reproduction make claims to the future? Amidst aspirations, ancestors and anxieties, this panel explores modes of reproductive futuring in Africa.

Long Abstract:

Reproduction, whether social or biology or everything in-between, is always a claim on the future. To make a child or to want (or not want) a child; to imagine or create the familial; to predict and calculate populations; to secure, to finance, to kin, care and create collectivity for an emerging generation are all modes of futuring. This panel explores modes of reproductive futuring in Africa. We ask: whose futures are reproduced and whose reproduction is privileged, valued, or responsibilized? How do people longing for children imagine and navigate (un)wanted futures? How are economic, environmental and social futures secured for emerging generations, amidst a horizon of climate change? How are new technologies and knowledges reshaping, enabling, or cutting kin and future obligations of care? And relatedly, how do biomedical knowledges of reproduction and their implementation in health policies produce particular temporalities? How are various modes of future-making assembled in relation to ancestors, genealogies, and histories? This is a particularly relevant question on the continent haunted by racist international population policies, global health and development policies shaped by new postgenomic frameworks of intergenerational health, and where demographers and environmentalists alike remain anxious over the population growth over the next 50 years. While many of these future orientations (Bryant and Knight 2019) entail imagining the future, this also often involves the failed or collapsed efforts towards desired futures. We invite papers that explore the various imaginations and calculations of the future in reproductive endeavours in Africa.

Accepted papers:

Session 1 Wednesday 31 May, 2023, -
Session 2 Wednesday 31 May, 2023, -