International symposium on queer and trans reproduction, 25-26 April

2019-05-03

On 25-26 of April the Centre for Gender Research hosted the international symposium ”State(s) of parenthood: Race and nation in contemporary queer and trans reproduction”. The symposium brought together scholars, activists and artists engaged in the politics of queer and trans reproduction to explore contemporary challenges summarised by three main questions:

  • How do trans and queer people experience the racial and national dimensions of reproduction, including access to Assisted Reproductive Technologies (ARTs) and obtaining legal parenthood?
  • What are the implications of cross border reproductive travel on citizenship?
  • How does queer and trans people’s parenthood status articulate with racial and national ideas of family-making?

Growing access to ARTs coupled with expansions of family law have made it possible for populations previously excluded from reproduction, such as LGBTQ people and single women, to obtain parenthood in a number of nations. In theory, ARTs, including insemination, IVF and surrogacy, delink sexual reproduction from modern ideas of mother and fatherhood and thus hold the potential of profoundly changing ideas of reproduction and kinship.
 
While research shows that queer and trans reproduction with ARTs both challenge and reproduce ideas about gender and sexuality, and thus about kinship, there is a dearth of research focusing on how trans and queer parenthood is lived and about how the growing use of ARTs by differently precarious subjects is linked to biopolitical dimensions of reproducing race and nation.
 
The symposium was organised in conjunction with Doris Leibetseder’s Marie Skłodowska-Curie Individual Fellowship Project QTReproART: Towards an Inclusive Common European Framework for Assisted Reproductive Technologies (ART): Queer & Transgender Reproduction in the Age of ART (Horizon 2020, no. 749218), and funded by Riksbankens Jubileumsfond, with support from the Centre for Gender Research at Uppsala University.