CFP Miniconference on the Sociology of Reproduction

Call for Papers:  Mini-conference:  Sociology of Reproduction


The topic of reproduction is a thriving area of research in sociology.  Over the past several years, the Eastern Sociological Society has sponsored mini-conferences on the Sociology of Reproduction in conjunction with its annual meeting. Such sessions bring together scholars with a common area of research that might otherwise be divided across the subfields of medicine, family, population, reproductive rights, politics, organizations, and communications. These rich, synthetic panels challenge traditional thinking within subfields and promote cross-cutting conversations that lead to innovative insights. 


We are soliciting papers for the 2018 Mini Conference on the Sociology of Reproduction to take place at the annual meeting of the Eastern Sociological Society, February 22-25, in Baltimore, MD. We welcome all papers related to the sociology of reproduction, but especially encourage those that engage with the conference theme “As Time Goes By: Social and Institutional Change.” We welcome papers on such topics as reproductive technology, reproductive justice, abortion and contraception, fertility intentions, pregnancy, birth, breastfeeding, motherhood, midwifery, surrogacy, and infertility.


Those wishing to present papers should send an abstract of no longer than 250 words by October 15, 2017 through the ESS abstract submission portal at In the “Submission Details” window, select “miniconference: sociology of reproduction” under the topic area that best describes your submission. Please include in your abstract a clear description of your methods and data.


Inquiries may be directed to:

Lauren Jade Martin, Penn State Berks,

Carrie Lee Smith, Millersville University,

Lindsay Stevens, Rutgers University,  


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