(Over) population, people, & climate emergency: reproductive justice as a paradigm shift
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Mounting concerns around the climate emergency have seen the resurgence of discourse and rhetoric around ‘overpopulation’, framing high birth rates as damaging to the environment and the limited resource capacities. These frames of scarcity and overpopulation have manifested in calls for the £11bn UK climate budget to be focused on family planning and increased use, and increased interest in development programmes linking family planning, health and empowerment, and climate emergency. Cautioning against the resurgence of neo-Malthusian frames, feminist critics question the instrumentalisation of women’s reproduction to meet programmatic and development aims instead of prioritising and ensuring their reproductive rights. In this lecture, I explore the resurgence of these neo-Malthusian frames, and drawing on the Black feminist-led concept of ‘Reproductive Justice’ explore new ways of understanding and approaching reproduction in this moment of climate emergency.
Date: 2 December 2021, 16:00 (Thursday, 8th week, Michaelmas 2021)
Venue: 32-42 Wellington Square (Barnett House), 32-42 Wellington Square OX1 2ER
Speaker: Dr Rishita Nandagiri (London School of Economics and Political Science)
Organising department: Department of Social Policy and Intervention
Host: Dr Ben Chrisinger (University of Oxford)
Part of: Centre for Evidence-Based Intervention Seminars
Booking required?: Required
Audience: Public
Editor: Jeanpierre De Rosnay