CfP: Whose Choice, Whose Rights? Global-Historical and Intersectional Approaches to the Emergence of Reproductive Rights after 1945

Call for papers, deadline 7 February 2022

At this conference, we explore the emergence of notions of reproductive rights, reproductive justice and reproductive choice and autonomy over the course of the second half of the 20th Century. Papers will be focused on the changing status of the reproductive body in public, medical and legal discourse throughout this period, taking post-World War 2 reconstruction as the starting point and the definition of reproductive rights by the United Nations at the International Conference on Population and Development held in Cairo in 1994 as the endpoint. We will analyse the emergence of notions of reproductive rights against the backdrop of changing gender roles, sexual revolutions, processes of medicalisation, changing forms of mass communication, and wider contexts such as decolonisation, the emergence of the UN system and human rights discourse, and the globalisation of demographic debate.

Abstracts should be sent by 7 February 2022 to Please send us one Word or Pdf file with the following:

- A 300-word abstract
- A 100-word biographical note
- Contact details
- Details of the panel of which the paper forms part (if applicable)
- Whether you plan to attend in person (Glasgow), online, or could do either.
- If you are based in a Low- and Middle Income Country, or if you are employed on a temporary academic contract anywhere in the world, you may be eligible to financial support for travel and accommodation. Justify this with a 100-word note.


Dr. Raul Necochea
Associate Professor, Dept. of Social Medicine
Adjunct Associate Professor, Dept. of History
University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill