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Leinaweaver, Jessaca Bennett

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Conference & Workshop Grant
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Michigan, Ann Arbor, U. of
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Leinaweaver, Jessaca B., U. of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI - To aid conference on 'Reproductive Disruptions: Childlessness, Adoption, and Other Reproductive Complexities,' 2005, U. of Michigan, in collaboration with Dr. Marcia C. Inhorn

'Reproductive Disruptions: Childlessness, Adoption, and Other Reproductive Complexities,' May 19-22, 2005, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan -- Organizer: Jessaca B. Leinaweaver and Marcia C. Inhorn. More than 225 scholars from 31 countries attended the conference, with travel funding provided to scholars from resource-poor societies, with Wenner-Gren funds going to support the travel of four anthropological scholars from Bangladesh, Brazil, Nigeria, and Pakistan. Their work ranged from demographic analysis of increased divorce rates among childless women in South Asia to the moral and ethical ambiguities of DNA paternity testing in South America. Their presence, along with numerous European and North American scholars, made this conference truly global in scope, and the most successful attempt yet to bring together social scientists and humanities scholars from around the world who study childlessness, adoption, and other forms of reproductive disruption/complexity. Presentations at the conference covered a broad range of reproductive topics including (but not limited to): local practices detrimental to safe pregnancy and birth; conflicting reproductive goals between women and men; the contested meanings of abortion; intentional reproductive loss through sex-selective feticide and female infanticide; cultural anxieties over infertility, adoption, donor parenthood, and childhood disability; and the globalization of new reproductive and genetic technologies. A plenary volume will be published by University of Michigan Press, and several special journal issues are also being planned.