Controlling Sexuality and Reproduction, Past and Present
Call for Papers – Edited Collection
We invite submissions for inclusion in an edited collection to be published as a book through the University of Toronto Press. All papers will be vetted for suitability by the editor and will undergo a peer review process.
We seek papers that explore, challenge, and illuminate:
- the seeming naturalness of historical and current efforts to control and marginalize certain kinds of sex and reproduction, and the commonalities and differences amongst these various efforts to police sexual, reproductive and family lives
- how particular sets of behaviours or peoples are targets of control, and thus what kinds of ‘normal’ values are being upheld
- the production of ableism, heteronormativity, Whiteness, gender, and ideal citizenship
Papers should address, in some way, the question of how states, institutions and citizen groups have been – and continue to be – deeply concerned with producing an ideal, normative citizenry by controlling sex, sexuality and reproduction. They should consider why or how certain kinds of sexuality and certain kinds of sexual actors are more likely than others to be policed and contained. Thus, we welcome papers that examine how, in the past and in the current context, marginalized people and practices have been subject to containment, harassment, prosecution or ‘correction’ in terms of their sexual and reproductive lives.
We welcome analyses of how these efforts have targeted people who are labelled as disabled; sexually or gender deviant; Indigenous or members of a racialized group; members of non-normative family forms; inmates in prisons, asylums and other institutional sites; dependent on the welfare state; engaging in non-heteronormative sexual practices or; involved in sex work and/or sex surrogacy
Thus, we welcome historical and current-context analyses of efforts at containment such as:
- the role of settler states, then and now, in containing and erasing indigenous and other racialized groups’ marital forms, family ties, and reproductive capacities
- policing and prosecuting polygynous and polygamous family forms, historically and currently;
- the heteronormative surveillance, policing and regulation of queer and trans* people’s sexuality and reproductive capacity
- the regulation and prosecution of sex work and sex workers, and in particular how this regulation and prosecution connects to racialization and indigeneity
- the protectionism, infantilization or demonization of disabled or mad people; limiting support and access to disabled people’s sexual and familial lives;
- chemical and medical interventions in prisons, institutions, hospitals, and asylums; segregation through residential schools and other institutions; segregation and containment embedded in community practice, and in immigration policy;
- formal and informal practices of reproductive injustice, violence, abuse, and/or exclusion.
- the effects of law, bioethics, medicine, policy, psychistry,social services or media representation on queer, trans*, disabled, mad or racialized people’s reproductive and sexual rights.
Submissions should be in APA Style, between 5,000 and 6,000 words in total, and made by October 31, 2016 to Dr. Claudia Malacrida and Dr. Danielle Peers c/o firstname.lastname@example.org for review.
Please include: author name(s), author affiliation, a 300-word abstract, and up to 8 keywords with your submission. Submissions must not be previously-published or submitted for publication elsewhere in order to be considered for inclusion in this volume.
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