Talk: Systemic Violence or Informed Consent? The Feminist Politics of New Reproductive Technologies and Medical Experimentation in India

April 10, 2013
7:00 pm

Campus Center

Room: Reading Room

UMass Amherst Campus

Handicap access available
Free admission
Kathy Colon

What does the outsourcing of both reproductive labor and medical research mean for contemporary feminist theory and practice? Drawing from her work with the New Delhi-based Sama Resource Group for Women and Health, N.B. Sarojini will explore the ethics, economics and politics of surrogacy, the international trade in reproductive tissues, and pharmaceutical trials targeting poor women. Where is the line between exploitation and the freedom to sell one's labor in a neoliberal market exchange? Must feminists re-examine fundamental notions of bodily rights and motherhood?

Sarojini is the founder and director of Sama, an Indian nonprofit that researches and promotes appropriate health policies surrounding a variety of issues. Sarojini has been involved in women’s rights and health care advocacy for over 18 years. In this time, she has coordinated numerous research studies on systems of medicine, reproductive and medical technologies and their effects on women and communities, and she has also campaigned against unethical policies and practices. Sarojini has served important roles on several committees, such as India’s Health Care Planning Commission, India’s chapter of the People’s Health Movement, India’s National Bioethics Conference, and the Save the Children Fund. She is also the co-author of the book Touch Me, Touch Me Not: Women, Plants and Healing.

Sarojini is the spring 2013 Five College Social Justice Practitioner-in-Residence. This event is part of her residency this April and is free and open to all. The Social Justice Policy Practitioner-in-Residence program gives Five College students and faculty unique opportunities to engage with and learn from individuals who have hands-on policymaking experience. By offering occasions to interact with those who have chosen lives of service, the residency program helps students imagine careers of their own that might advance the common good.