Global Population and Reproductive Politics in the 20th Century

Nicole Bourbonnais

DE123 | Autumn | 6ECTS

Over the course of the 20th century, concerns over population growth and reproduction spurred a range of interventions across the globe, from the establishment of small birth control clinics to the implementation of massive state family planning programs. This course will draw on readings from history, political science, and anthropology to explore the intersection of these campaigns with a variety of social movements (including eugenics, neo-Malthusianism, environmentalism, feminism, and public health) and questions surrounding human rights, bodily autonomy, gender relations, culture, and social change. The course will adopt both a comparative and transnational approach, focusing in on particular case studies from across the globe while also examining the circulation of ideology, theory, and technology across borders, the rise of international population aid agencies, and the advocacy strategies of transnational reproductive and sexual rights NGOs.