Michaelmas 2022

Reproductive Migrations: Mobility, Stratification and Reproductive Labour

Thursdays, 3:30pm - 4:45pm
Hybrid: 64 Banbury Road, Oxford & Online (Zoom)

Convened by: Madeleine Reeves

This seminar series contributes to a critical analysis of stratified (im)mobility through the lens of reproduction and reproductive labour. Within medical anthropology and Science and Technology Studies it has long been recognised that reproductive desires and possibilities are shaped by diverse forms of human and non-human movement. The differential mobility of people, gametes, knowledge, and expertise across borders has contributed to the emergence of transnational fertility markets and the consolidation of global ‘reprohubs’ (Inhorn). At the same time, racialized imaginaries of nationhood and deservingness structure—and often circumscribe—migrants’ access to reproductive, maternity, and perinatal care. Yet critical migration and border studies have so far paid relatively little attention to the global division of reproduction labour, the impacts of documentary status on access to reproductive and maternity services, nor the way that reproductive markets have been constituted by regulatory divergences, economic inequalities, and the differential bioavailability of reproductive bodies and tissues across borders.

Bringing together scholars from medical anthropology, reproductive sociology, economic geography and migration studies, the series explores these gaps by foregrounding the intimate intersections of border work, differential mobility, and stratified access to reproductive care. This series is funded by Wellcome.


These seminars will be held in a hybrid format:

Join us in person: 64 Banbury Road, Oxford, OX2 6PN
The seminar room will be open 5 – 10 minutes before the seminar starts; the seminar room is wheelchair accessible

Or, join us online via Zoom. You must register in advance: https://zoom.us/meeting/register/tJEvcuCprjkrGdamfq4raXGbtkaUHzDcVzPr
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting. Online participants will not be ‘admitted’ to the event until the specified start time and will be placed in a waiting room.

These seminars are free and all are welcome.


13 October

From reproductive mobilities to reproductive geopolitics

Professor Carolin Schurr, University of Bern

27 October

Bordering processes as instruments of reproductive stratification

Dr. Gwyneth Lonergan, University of Lancaster/ University of Northumbria

17 November

Transatlantic Transactions: Gay Men, Surrogacy and Queer Reproductive Justice

Dr. Marcin Smietana, University of Cambridge

24 November

Reproductive Mobilities in Russia, China and Kazakhstan

Dr. Christina Weis, De Montfort University

01 December

‘No place for childbirth’: The burden of care in the securitized borderlands of Europe’s ultra-periphery

Professor Vanessa Grotti, University of Bologna

Climate Migrants

Hilary 2022

Gender, Love and Migration

Michaelmas 2021

Special Guest Seminars

Trinity Term 2019

In Discussion with Gulwali Passarlay

MSc. Student-led Series

Four one-off seminars

Trinity Term 2018

Beyond Impact?

Hilary Term 2018

person finding a way out

Refugees and the Economy

Michaelmas Term 2017

Talking Oxford

Trinity Term 2017

Migration Research – where next?

Michaelmas Term 2016

Wellbeing and Migration in the UK

Michaelmas Term 2015

Arrival Cities

Michaelmas term 2014

Borders of the welfare state

Trinity term 2014

Boundaries of Freedom

Hilary term 2014

Rethinking Migration

Trinity term 2013

Migration Journeys

Seminar Series Michaelmas 2012

Everyday multiculturalism

Seminar Series Trinity 2012

Gender, Migration and Citizenship

Gender, Migration and Citizenship

Seminar Series Michaelmas 2009

Immigration and Low-wage Labour Markets

Immigration and Low-wage Labour Markets

Seminar Series Hilary Term 2009

Migration, Welfare and Inequalities

Migration, Welfare and Inequalities

Seminar Series Michaelmas Term 2008

Migration and Cultural Production

Migration and Cultural Production

Seminar Series Trinity Term 2008

Critical Epistemologies of Migration

Critical Epistemologies of Migration

Seminar Series Hilary Term 2008

New Trends in Contemporary Migration

New Trends in Contemporary Migration

Seminar Series Michaelmas Term 2007

Perspectives on African Migration

Perspectives on African Migration

Seminar Series Trinity Term 2007

States and Emigrants

States and Emigrants

Seminar Series Trinity Term 2006

Racism and the new immigration: theories and practices

Racism and the new immigration: theories and practices

Seminar Series Michaelmas Term 2005

The Anthropology of Migration and Multiculturalism

The Anthropology of Migration and Multiculturalism

Seminar Series Trinity Term 2005

Contemporary International Migration – Key Issues

Contemporary International Migration – Key Issues

Seminar Series Hilary Term 2005