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EASST/4S Conference in Prague, 18-21 August 2020: Panel #70 Governing reproductive bio-economies: policy frameworks, ethics and economics

Dear colleagues,

Apologies for cross-posting.

We are pleased to invite you to submit a paper proposal to our Open
Panel at the EASST/4S Conference in Prague, 18-21 August 2020:

#70 Governing reproductive bio-economies: policy frameworks, ethics
and economics



Nicky Hudson, De Montfort University

Cathy Herbrand, De Montfort University

Vincenzo Pavone, Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Cientificas/Spanish
National Research Council

Reproductive bio-economies, i.e. economies that are built around
reproductive tissues, cells and processes, are largely consolidated
economies, which have seen considerable growth in terms of treatment
cycles, technologies, revenues, actors, and countries. Since the first
IVF birth, reproductive bio-economies have expanded to include a range
of stakeholders including: clinics, legal firms, donors and surrogates,
intermediaries and agencies, gamete and embryo banks, investment funds,
research institutions and public health care systems, in a global
network worth billions of Euros. Amidst this expansion, questions about
the policy and governance of reproductive bio-economies become a matter
of considerable interest.

A consideration of regulatory systems that govern reproductive
technologies raises questions about how bio-economies emerge within
different national and supranational contexts, how and if they challenge
existing governance arrangements and how existing or new policy
frameworks contribute to their re/shaping. An exploration of the
regulation of reproductive bio-economies allows for improved
understanding of how “moral regimes directed towards reproductive
behaviours and practices are fully entangled with political economic
processes” (Morgan & Roberts 2012), and allows consideration to be given
to the distribution of actors and affects within different moral
frameworks and regulatory formations.

This panel therefore welcomes contributions on:

-Policy actors, configurations and policy change in the context of
reproductive bio-economies

-Interactions of public policy with private medicine

-Local/global medical regulation

-Questions of quality and safety, conflicts of interest and informed consent

-The regulation of different valuation practices and commercial actors

-Questions of under or over regulation


The deadline for paper submissions is 29 February 2020.

Abstracts must be made via the online form that can be found by logging
in with your 4S/EASST credentials here:

After you log in, please click the link ‘Submit a New Proposal’, then
‘Papers for Open Panels’. Scroll down through the list of open panels
until you find
#70 Governing reproductive bio-economies: policy
frameworks, ethics and economics. Click the panel title and enter the
information about your paper.

Submissions should include:

   A paper title (150 words maximum) - type the title as you would
like it to appear in the Program. Please Use Title Case (that is,
capitalise the first letter of each word).

     An abstract of 250 words maximum.

   From the drop-down box you must select at least one descriptor
that best matches your area of STS scholarship.

Please direct any inquiries to

We look forward to hearing from you.

Nicky, Cathy and Vincenzo.

Vincenzo Pavone
Institute of Public Goods and Policies (IPP)
Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas (CSIC)
Calle Albasanz 26-28, 28037 Madrid (Spain) | T: +34 916022351
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