Panel 3 – Sexual Secrets: The transnational implications of race-based science and eugenics within global sexual reproductive health and rights

Panel 3

Sexual Secrets: The transnational implications of race-based science and eugenics within global sexual reproductive health and rights. 

Kresge G3 – 11:15 AM to 12:30 PM

Sexual reproductive health and rights (SRHR) is considered one of the most highly politicized subfields of public health. In its struggle to improve the access to and quality of resources and bodily autonomy, the current movement champions evidence-based research and human rights. However, often ignored (either intentionally or unintentionally) in these SRHR spaces is this movement’s fraught history in race-based science, eugenics, and the reproduction of citizenship. The failure to critically engage with this history within a global health space lays the grounding for perpetuating unequal power relations between colonizers/settlers and colonized/resistors and ultimately this jeopardizes the ability for the movement to truly promote SRHR. This panel will discuss the intersections between SRHR, science, eugenics and citizenship from critical perspectives of human rights, grassroots activism, and public health.

Confirmed Panelists:

Siri Suh, Assistant Professor of Sociology, Brandeis University

Anne Hendrixson, Director, Population and Development Programs, Critical Social Inquiry, Hampshire College

Purvaja S Kavattur, Masters Student, Dept. of Global Health and Population, Harvard University

Due to technical issues, this panel was not recorded – apologies!