We are at a critical juncture in time. Whilst sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR)
are increasingly threatened by conservative right-wing politics, multiple crises (humanitarian,
economic, environmental), and persistent race, gender and class-based inequities, rapid
technological advances are creating new opportunities for achieving sexual and reproductive
health and justice. Now more than ever, anthropology can play a critical role in strengthening
sexual and reproductive well-being in the Global South and North by interrogating these
threats, crises, injustices, and technological developments. Anthropologists can help formulate
more meaningful SRHR policies, programmes, and interventions by paying attention to social
rather than individual bodies, examining the moralities at stake and imposed, and exploring
the social lives of technologies. We contend, however, that anthropology’s potential is not fully
realized, because anthropological findings get lost in translation when transitioning into
policies and practices, and because of certain blind spots amongst anthropologists, public
health experts, SRHR practitioners, NGO representatives, policymakers and funders alike. How
can anthropologists collaborate more effectively with other stakeholders in SRHR? This
conference seeks to offer a platform to engage in productive transdisciplinary conversations
to enhance anthropological contributions to SRHR future(s).
We invite, firstly, anthropologists working in academia and SRHR practice to exchange research
or practice-based insights, and discuss challenges and opportunities in transdisciplinary efforts
to foster positive, equitable sexual and reproductive futures in the Global South and North.
Secondly, we also invite NGO representatives, public health experts, and other stakeholders in
SRHR to reflect on their experiences of, and views on, collaborations with anthropologists.
Together, we intend to reflect on and discuss the field of SRHR, in order to:
3-5 July 2024
University of Amsterdam
There is currently a call for abstracts for the conference s for papers or panels that address one or more of these questions.
Registration will open from January 15th, 2024; see their website for updates: