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Speaker: Nayanika Mookherjee

Title: ‘Forced Pregnancy’, Access to Reproductive Rights and its Bio-Political Modalities

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Institution: University of York

Place: Heslington, York, United Kingdom

Date: May 13, 2014

Language: English

Keywords: 20th Century | Bangladeshi History, Pakistani History | Types: Wartime Rape / Bangladesh Liberation War; Victims: Pregnancy


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Speaker: Nayanika Mookherjee, Department of Anthropology, Durham

Abstract: »This talk seeks to highlight the contradictions that the claim to reproductive rights throw up, in the face of traumatic and gendered violence of ‘forced pregnancy’ as a result of wartime rape. By contextualising the access to reproductive rights within historical and political trajectories of that of the Bangladesh war of 1971, the talk shows how these rights can become intertwined with bio-political modalities. Through this, the race and sexuality of the population is regulated and certain reproductive futures are invested in while others are obliterated.« (Source: University of York website)

Wikipedia: Forced pregnancy; Wartime sexual violence: Bangladesh Liberation War, Rape during the Bangladesh Liberation War