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Reassembling Motherhood: Panel Discussion and Book Launch

Wednesday, November 1st, 2017 @ 5:00pm to 7:00pm
International Affairs Building - Room 1512
Nov 01
Wednesday, November 1st, 2017 @ 5:00pm to 7:00pm
International Affairs Building - Room 1512

Reassembling Motherhood: Procreation and Care in a Globalized World
Book Talk and Panel Discussion
Columbia University SIPA - International Affairs Building
420 West 118th Street - Room 1512
Wednesday, November 1st
5:00 pm

The Center for Gender & Sexuality Law is pleased to co-support a panel discussion of a new book edited by Yasmine Ergas, Jane Jenson and Sonya Michel from Columbia University Press, "Reassembling Motherhood: Procreation and Care in a Globalized World."

This program will comprise an introduction by Professor Yasmine Ergas, Director of the Specialization on Gender and Public Policy and Lecturer in Discipline in International and Public Affairs, and a panel discussion with comments by:

Michael Nutter
Former Mayor of Philadelphia

Professor Carol Sanger
Barbara Aronstein Black Professor of Law, Columbia Law School

Professor Premilla Nadasen
Barnard College

Shahra Razavi
UN Women

This program is free and open to the public.  Details about the book (c/o Columbia University Press) are included below.

Reassembling Motherhood: Procreation and Care in a Globalized World
URL: https://cup.columbia.edu/book/reassembling-motherhood/9780231170505

The word “mother” traditionally meant a woman who bears and nurtures a child. In recent decades, changes in social norms and public policy as well as advances in reproductive technologies and the development of markets for procreation and care have radically expanded definitions of motherhood. But while maternity has become a matter of choice for more women, the freedom to make reproductive decisions is unevenly distributed. Restrictive policies, socioeconomic disadvantages, cultural mores, and discrimination force some women into motherhood and prevent others from caring for their children.

Reassembling Motherhood brings together contributors from across the disciplines to examine the transformation of motherhood as both an identity and a role. It examines how the processes of bearing and rearing a child are being restructured as reproductive labor and care work change around the globe. The authors examine issues such as artificial reproductive technologies, surrogacy, fetal ultrasounds, adoption, nonparental care, and the legal status of kinship, showing how complex chains of procreation and childcare have simultaneously generated greater liberty and new forms of constraint. Emphasizing the tension between the liberalization of procreation and care on the one hand, and the limits to their democratization due to race, class, and global inequality on the other, the book highlights debates that have emerged as these multifaceted changes have led to both the fragmentation and reassembling of motherhood.

Contact Info: 
Liz Boylan, Associate Director for the Center for Gender & Sexuality Law. 212.854.0167 or [email protected]
Event RSVP: 

This event is free and open to the public.  No RSVP is required.