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27-31 August 2019
Poznań, Poland
Europe/Warsaw timezone
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Regimes of care, gender and reproduction: solidarities and contestations across borders


Location: Poznań, Poland
Date: 30 Aug 11:00 - 15:30


Room 3.44

The question of intimate care - care of the elderly, of children, and of the ill or frail- has become increasingly important and contested in the current era of decline of the welfare state, greater longevity, and an increasingly aging population in Europe and North America. Issues concerning social and biological reproduction have equally grown in complexity, with both contestation, moral and legal, around pregnancy termination, and around assisted reproduction technologies. Both of these areas, intimate care and reproduction, increasingly involve movement across geo-political or ideological borders, or both. A shortage of care workers in the north and the west has been largely met by employment of migrant workers, usually from the south and the east. Laws regulating ARTs and reproductive rights similarly lead to movement across geo-political borders, as women travel abroad in search of safe abortion facilities, or reproductive assistance. On the ideological level, these movements and migrations challenge ideological borders - between kin and strangers in the provision of intimate care, between things which should be given freely, and altruistically, out of kin love, and things for which one can demand a price or payment, between individuals' rights over their bodies and moral ideas concerning the sanctity of all human life. In this panel we aim to explore connections and disjunctures which are played out over different kinds of borders in relation to care, gender and reproduction. We welcome papers dealing with any aspects of these questions.


  • P 62.1
    • Dr. Pine, Frances (Goldsmiths, University of London)
    • Dr. Haukanes, Haldis (University of Bergen)
  • P 62.2
    • Dr. Pine, Frances (Goldsmiths, University of London)
    • Dr. Haukanes, Haldis (University of Bergen)

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The paper focuses on descriptions of day to day activities of migrant care workers but also on spectacular events such as the organization and the consequences of ‘The Party of the Counter-Hour,’ an event set up by the protagonist of this paper, a Romanian care worker, with support from a local Italian cultural association. The central argument of the article is that shifting contexts between ... More
Presented by Dr. Gabriela NICOLESCU on 30/8/2019 at 14:45
Peru has been described as ‘fractured society’ (Cabrera,2017); and nowhere has this been more obvious than within state-health care. The poor, indigenous-Quechua in the rural-highlands receive free-of-charge, but sub-par, family-planning and reproductive care that has historically shown a biopolitical agenda with the forced sterilisations of this population. Main reasons given for discriminato ... More
Presented by Dr. Rebecca IRONS on 30/8/2019 at 11:20
The fact that Germany and Poland are neighboring countries and that assisted reproductive technology (ART) policies are quite strict in the former and generally permissive in the latter, has led some Germans to travel to Poland for treatment. A significant reduction in state-sponsored support for IVF cycles (ESHRE, 2007) along with the relatively low cost and high quality of medical services also ... More
Presented by Dr. Tracie WILSON on 30/8/2019 at 14:25
Since the outbreak of the financial crisis, claims for justice in relation to the system of provision of care in Spain have increased significantly. Particularly notorious has been migrant domestic workers’ grassroots activism, who have led protests and mobilizations for their labor and social rights. Moreover, other groups such as informal family caregivers, elderly people or public health prof ... More
Presented by Silvia BOFILL-POCH on 30/8/2019 at 11:00
‘A family-type environment’ in welfare policy of Latvia has been a guiding principle of organizing care for out-of-family-care children. Within the framework of deinstitutionalization commenced in 2015, it is also the main target for reforms in the alternative care system. Previously, the same principle resulted in a rather unusual policy, seldom found elsewhere: a legal category of host fa ... More
Presented by Dr. Agita LUSE on 30/8/2019 at 10:00
This paper is an ethnographic account of migration aspiration of men and the transformation in patriarchal structure of a Muslim society in rural Bangladesh. In doing so, the study explores the continuity and changes in the discourse and practices of traditional gender roles of men and women of Rashidpur village in Munshiganj district, Bangladesh. It pays especial attention to local and global int ... More
Presented by Main UDDIN on 30/8/2019 at 13:45
The research is based on the first wave of biographical qualitative longitudinal research (70+ interviews) involving repeated interviews with multiple migrants from Poland and it is a part of the project In search of a theory of multiple migration. A quantitative and qualitative study of Polish migrants after 1989 at the Centre of Migration Research, University of Warsaw. Majority of articles ba ... More
Presented by Marta KLUSZCZYŃSKA on 30/8/2019 at 14:05
‘It is only abroad that you find out who is your real kin’, a Roma woman complained after her attempt to claim political asylum in Canada failed. Her costly journey from Romania to Canada produced neither asylum papers, nor financial gains, and she miscarried along the way. Rather than blame these misfortunes on the restrictive asylum policies or on the public’s indifference, she put them do ... More
Presented by Ana CHIRITOIU on 30/8/2019 at 11:40
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