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[ecrea] CFP - Representing Abortion
Mon Sep 03 17:35:26 GMT 2018
*Call for papers: /Representing Abortion/*
*Edited by Rachel Alpha Johnston Hurst*
*Deadline for proposals: October 1, 2018*
*Email: (rahurst /at/ stfx.ca) <mailto:(rahurst /at/ stfx.ca)>*
Rosalind Pollack Petchesky argued in 1987 that “feminists and other
prochoice advocates have all too readily ceded the visual terrain,”
abandoning the field of fetal imagery to antiabortion activists
(264).She called for new fetal images that “recontextualized the fetus”
(Petchesky 1987, 287).Such images would locate the fetus in a body (and
a social context) outside of what Carol A. Stabile would later describe
as “an inhospitable waste land, at war with the ‘innocent person’
within” that is a dominant theme in antiabortion discourse (1992,
179).Recently, Shannon Stettner wrote that although there are more
ordinary stories about abortion circulating as a political response to
threats to abortion access, they are typically anonymous and online, and
so it remains a reality that “we are still a long way from a world in
which women will not feel obliged to conceal the fact that they had an
abortion” (2016, 7).Even in circumstances that support access to
abortion, abortion can remain a secret: invisible and unheard.
How do we represent abortion?What work does representing abortion do?Can
representing abortion challenge and change conventional reproductive
rights understandings of abortion that circulate publicly?Will
reclaiming representations of abortion help publicly express the “things
we cannot say” about abortion from a pro-choice perspective, like grief
and multiple abortions (Ludlow 2008, p. 29)?Alternatively, does taking
back control of representing abortion from antiabortion activists
provide a space to “celebrate” abortion as a central component of
reproductive justice (Thomsen 2013, 149)?This edited collection begins
from these questions to consider how artists, writers, performers, and
activists create space to make abortion visible, audible, and palpable
within contexts dominated by antiabortion imagery centred on the fetus
and the erasure of the person considering or undergoing abortion.This
collection will build on the recent exciting proliferation of scholarly
work on abortion that investigates the history, politics, and law of
abortion, as well as antiabortion movements and experiences of pregnancy
loss (Haugeberg 2017; Johnstone 2017; Lind & Deveau 2017; Sanger 2017;
Saurette & Gordon 2016; Smyth 2016; Stettner 2016; Stettner, Burnett, &
Hay 2017; Watson 2018).Central to the considerations in this proposed
collection is the intellectual and political work that these artworks,
texts, performances, and actions do and make possible.Contemporary and
historical analyses are welcomed.
Some possible topics include, but are not limited to:
* “ordinary” stories about abortion told through a variety of media
(e.g. “The Abortion Diaries Podcast” by Melissa Madera; various
blogs and websites like “My Abortion. My Life”)
* abortion memoirs (e.g. Marianne Apostolides’ /Deep Salt Water/;
Kassi Underwood’s /May Cause Love: An Unexpected Journey of
Enlightenment After Abortion/)
* visual art (e.g. Laia Abril’s /On Abortion/; Paula Rego’s /The
* making the abortion procedure visible, audible, and palpable in
abortion support services (e.g. offering the option to view products
of conception; abortion support zines)
* activist art and performance (e.g. the Abortion Caravan in Canada;
Chi Nguyen’s “5.4 MILLION AND COUNTING” quilt in Texas; Maria
Campbell’s mixed media art on Prince Edward Island; Heather Ault’s
travelling graphic art exhibit /4000 Years for Choice/;
#RepealThe8th protest art in Ireland)
* plays (e.g. Julia Samuels’ /I Told My Mum I Was Going On An RE
Trip/; Jane Martin’s /Keely and Du/)
* films (e.g. Poppy Liu’s /Names of Women/; Tracy Droz Tragos’
/Abortion: Stories Women Tell/)
To submit a proposal for inclusion in this collection, please submit
a 500 word abstract, a working title, and a 100 word biographical
statement to (rahurst /at/ stfx.ca) <mailto:(rahurst /at/ stfx.ca)>.Proposals must
be received on or before _October 1, 2018._Full papers will be
invited no later than November 1, 2018, and the abstracts will be
used to prepare a book proposal to be submitted to refereed academic
publishers.Complete manuscripts will be due on June 1, 2019, so they
can be revised by October 1, 2019 to submit to the publisher.
Haugeberg, Karissa. 2017. /Women Against Abortion: Inside the
Largest Moral Reform Movement of the Twentieth Century. /Indiana:
University of Illinois Press.
Johnstone, Rachael. 2017. /After Morgentaler: The Politics of
Abortion in Canada/. Vancouver: UBC Press.
Lind, Emily R. M. and Angie Deveau, Editors. 2017. /Interrogating
Pregnancy Loss: Feminist Writings on Abortion, Miscarriage and
Stillbirth/. Bradford, ON: Demeter Press.
Ludlow, Jeannie. 2008. “The Things We Cannot Say: Witnessing the
Trauma-tization of Abortion in the United States.” /WSQ: Women’s
Studies Quarterly/36(1/2): 28-41.
Petchesky, Rosalind Pollack. 1987. “Fetal Images: The Power of
Visual Culture in the Politics of Abortion,” /Feminist Studies
Sanger, Carol. 2017. /About Abortion: Terminating Pregnancy in
Twenty-First Century America./Cambridge: Harvard University Press.
Saurette, Paul and Kelly Gordon. 2016. /The Changing Voice of the
Anti-Abortion Movement: The Rise of "Pro-Woman" Rhetoric in Canada
and the United States/. Toronto: University of Toronto Press.
Smyth, Lisa. 2016. /Abortion and Nation: The Politics of
Reproduction in Contemporary Ireland. /London: Routledge.
Stabile, Carol A. 1992. “Shooting the Mother: Fetal Photography and
the Politics of Disappearance,” /Camera Obscura /10(1): 178-205.
Stettner, Shannon, Kristin Burnett, and Travis Hay. 2017. /Abortion:
History, Politics, and Reproductive Justice after Morgentaler/.
Vancouver: UBC Press.
Stettner, Shannon. 2016. “Without Apology: An Introduction.” In
/Without Apology: Writings on Abortion in Canada./Edited by Shannon
Stettner. Edmonton: Athabasca University Press.
Thomsen, Carly. 2013. “From Refusing Stigmatization toward
Celebration: New Directions for Reproductive Justice Activism,”
/Feminist Studies/39(1): 149-158.
Watson, Katie. 2018. /Scarlet A: The Ethics, Law, and Politcs of
Ordinary Abortion/. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
About the Editor: Rachel Alpha Johnston Hurst is Associate Professor
of Women’s and Gender Studies at St. Francis Xavier University in
Antigonish, Nova Scotia.She is author of /Surface Imaginations:
Cosmetic Surgery, Photography, and Skin/(MQUP, 2015), and a
co-editor of /Skin, Culture, and Psychoanalysis/(Palgrave, 2013).Her
research is concerned with the relationships between power,
embodiment, and (visual) culture, from the perspectives of
psychoanalysis and decolonial thought.
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