Reproductive Justice - Special Topic 2023

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The Reproductive Justice  area will focus on reproductive justice issues as they appear in popular culture (film, television, social media,  music, literature, etc.). Reproductive justice is a term that goes beyond the term reproductive rights, something that typically focuses on contraception and abortion.   According to the SisterSong Women of Color Reproductive Justice Collective, “it’s ‘the human right to maintain personal bodily autonomy, have children, not have children, and parent the children we have in safe and sustainable communities”  (Abrams). Reproductive justice is more expansive and intersectional and explicitly examines the systemic obstacles that make it hard for some people to control their own bodily autonomy and get access to basic reproductive health (contraception, sex education, STI prevention, alternative birth options,  prenatal pregnancy care, among others).


Scope of the paper topics accepted under this area

Papers examining any aspect of global reproductive justice in popular culture will be considered.

Paper topics might  look like some of the titles below:

Abortion vs. Adoption—What Call the Midwife Gets Wrong
Medication abortion and Humor in Saint Francis
Where are all the People of Color having Abortions on Television
Modern Horror Films and Forced Pregnancy
Lack of Sexual Education in Sex Education
Surrogacy and Disability in The Surrogate
Black Women and We Testify—Racism and Abortion Online
Demonizing Emergency Contraception in Hulu’s Plan B
Memes and Abortion Protest Signs: Reinforcing Stereotypes?


Submission requirements:

Interested individuals are asked to submit an abstract of no more than 250 words (including presentation title) and complete contact information to http://conference.pcaaca.org. Submissions will only be accepted through the PCA website. Individuals must be current,  paid members to submit to the conference.


Please include your full name, affiliation, status (graduate student, educator, independent scholar), mailing address, email address, and telephone number.


Contact:  Questions may be addressed to Brenda Boudreau, McKendree University:  [email protected]

Submit a Paper Proposal for the 2023 PCA Conference: 

Submissions for paper proposals are now open. The submission deadline is December 20, 2022. Please be sure you read and understand all instructions, policies, and procedures before you submit your proposal.