Coordinating Council for Women in History 3
Elizabeth O’Brien, Johns Hopkins University
Cassia Roth, University of Georgia
Ogechukwu Ezekwem Williams, Creighton University
The participants in this discussion come to these questions from different research agendas: the transnational movement of enslaved mothers from Brazil to Portugal in the 18th century; obstetrics in 19th century Mexico; childbirth in 20th century Nigeria; and the rise of the global family planning movement in the mid-20th century. However, we all share a commitment to capturing both the personal and political aspects of the history of reproduction and motherhood, mixing social history with analysis of legal structures, state policies, and social movements. Through this roundtable we will exchange ideas and strategies for documenting these complex stories, while also exploring the links between our subject matter and broader histories of women, gender, slavery, colonialism, decolonization, race, public health, medicine, and humanitarianism.