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When: 2015-11-30 09:00,2015-12-01 17:00

Where: Room MA 796, CBEES, on the seventh floor in the main building, Södertörn University, Campus Flemingsberg

Organiser: The Centre for Baltic and East European Studies (CBEES), Södertörn University

Event language: English

Research linked to the Baltic region and Eastern Europe: Ja

Reproducing Justice

Assisted Reproduction and Reproductive Justice in Baltic, Central and Eastern Europe

2015-11-30 09:00,2015-12-01 17:00
Since the first ever child born from IVF was born in the UK in 1978, assisted reproductive technologies (ARTs) have become increasingly widespread, accessible and normalized throughout the world. The workshop is organised by the Centre for Baltic and East European Studies, Södertörn University.

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Since the first ever child born from IVF was born in the UK in 1978, assisted reproductive technologies (ARTs) have become increasingly widespread, accessible and normalized throughout the world. The fertility industry has become a transnational multi-billion industry and in July 2012 it was reported that as many as 5 million children had been born as a result of IVF-technology. As is often stated, however, although ARTs today constitutes a global phenomenon, the way that they are appropriated nationally and regionally, varies widely across the globe.

Europe is by far the most active region in utilizing ARTs. In the context of Europe, there is, on the one hand, an increasing propensity towards consensus and coordination of healthcare within the EU/EES. On the other hand, there is, at the same time, an inclination to hold on to and even proliferate a patchwork of national legal frameworks. Such parallel, and sometimes internally contradictory, processes of Europeanisation are inextricably linked to various cultural, social, political and religious norms, structures and practices within the region (see e.g. Knecht & Klotz 2012).

These processes, in turn, have major implications for “reproductive justice” , a term here understood in the broadest possible sense. Under the umbrella term of ‘reproductive justice’ we include everything from legal issues and access to fertility treatment, to the situation for donors and gestational surrogates in various parts of the world – but also more theoretical and philosophical discussions about what ‘reproductive justice’ actually means, to whom it may apply and on which grounds, and whether it is achievable in the current European and global cultural and socio-economic situation.

This workshop will invite around 20 speakers, consisting of researchers in the humanities and social sciences as well as a medical professionals, representatives of patient organisations, ethical board members and other policy makers to discuss the theme of reproductive justice and assisted reproductive technologies in the context of Baltic, Central and Eastern Europe.

The theme of reproductive justice shall be understood broadly and in an open-ended way, and may include issues such as:

  • Philosophical/theoretical investigations of ‘reproductive justice’
  • Legal issues related to assisted reproduction
  • Ethical debates
  • The political economy of assisted reproduction and its implications for ‘reproductive justice’
  • Cross-border reproductive care (CBRC)
  • Gamete- and embryo donation and surrogacy (nationally and transnationally)
  • The implications of different healthcare systems for patients/donors/gestational surrogates
  • Patient perspectives and access to fertility treatment


  • Associate professor Jenny Gunnarsson Payne, lecturer and researcher at Södertörn University (Sweden) (main contact)
  • Dr. Elżbieta Korolczuk, Gothenburg University
  • Dr. Signe Mezinska, Latvia University

The workshop is open for anyone interested in these issues. For a preliminary detailed list of speakers and programme, please e-mail

The finalised programme will appear on this website one month before the event takes place.

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