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Anthropological Contributions to SRHR Future(s): From Theory to Practice and Back

03. Juli – 05. Juli 2024 

Trans­dis­ci­pli­nary con­fer­ence on sex­u­al repro­duc­tion and health rights (SRHR).

3–5 July, 2024
Uni­ver­si­ty of Ams­ter­dam (anthro­pol­o­gy department)


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).

Reg­is­tra­tion opens via the con­fer­ence web­site on Jan­u­ary 15th
Pre­sen­ta­tion and pan­el pro­pos­als are due by Feb­ru­ary 15th by e‑mail to our google­group.
Noti­fi­ca­tions will be sent mid-March.

We wel­come tra­di­tion­al paper and pan­el pro­pos­als as well as work­shops or exper­i­men­tal for­mats. Save the date and please cir­cu­late across your net­works (see flyer)! 

Con­fer­ence Call- AnthSRHRFuturesConf2024

Addi­tion­al details can be found online at 

On behalf of the orga­niz­ing committee:

Andie Thomp­son
Breg­je de Kok
Eri­ca van der Sijpt
Han­na Horváth
Jeroen Lorist
Sha­hana Siddiqui
Trudie Gerrits