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Gender Medizin:
Keynote: "Reproductive Justice" von Loretta J. Ross / Panel: "Feministische Gesundheitsbewegungen Revisited"

  • © Loretta J. Ross
Theory / digital
  • Sun, 30.01.2022 13:00 [also Online]
    Kampnagel – K2


Reproductive Justice is a concept developed by Black feminists in the early 1990s in the United States, a good ten years after nearly 2,000 participants attended the 1983 Black Women's Health Issues Conference. A broad and diverse movement emerged in which various organizations including other communities of color began to use the concept. Reproductive justice recognizes that decisions about childbearing and parenthood are deeply rooted in social power relations. For example, ideologies of population control, the history and continuity of colonialism, racism, and sexism influence how self-determined individuals can be about these issues. Factors such as disability, gender identity, residency status, or sexual orientation are also critical to actual individual self-determination within systematic oppression. Loretta J. Ross is one of the co-founders of the concept. In her keynote, she will introduce its history and explain how reproductive justice can serve as a basis for intersectional alliances in contexts of institutional power relations.

Loretta J. Ross is an activist, public intellectual and professor. She joined the women's movement in 1978 by working at the first rape crisis center in the country, and is a co-founder of SisterSong. She speaks, trains, consults, and lectures on many issues including Reproductive Justice, Appropriate Whiteness, Human Rights, Violence Against Women, and Calling In the Calling Out Culture. She currently teaches about the call-out culture and white supremacy as a professor at Smith College. Ross is co-author of Reproductive Justice: An Introduction (2017), lead editor of Radical Reproductive Justice: Foundations, Theory, Practices, and Critique (2017), co-author of Undivided Rights: Women of Color Organize for Reproductive Justice (2004), amongst others, and has received numerous awards for her work.


We often talk about "the women's health movement" in the 70s and 80s. The movement we mean by this was characterised by the creation of numerous women's health centres, the keeping of address lists for abortions, and the re-appropriation of medical knowledge about one's own body. However, the word "movement" is deliberately plural in the title of this panel, because queer and feminist health movements have historically existed out of diverse groups and each out of great urgency. What issues were and are being left out? For example, what role did the concerns of disabled women play in the feminist health struggles of the time, and what about feminist health discourses on disability today? What do medical activist groups today learn from past struggles of trans* activists in the field of health? Why do many of the demands of the feminist health movements of the 80s remain unfulfilled and how do we avoid working through the same obstacles over and over again? What is remembered and what is not, what can we learn from past activist practices, how can critical dialogue and knowledge transfer be ensured?


Ulrike Haase
Casa Kuá
Feministische Recherchegruppe

Moderation: Lea Dora Illmer

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Fri, 28.01. from 18:30 / Sat, 29.01. from 15:30 / Sun, 30.01. from 12:00

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Artist Talk with Brian Lobel and Catherine Hoffmann
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Sat, 29.01.2022 19:00

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Open Space: "We need a revolution, baby" - mit medizinaktivistischen Initiativen

Sun, 30.01.2022 16:00

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