Zukunftskolleg Lecture: Kinder statt Inder - The Politics of Demographic Fears in the Global North and South

Thursday, 04. May 2017
18.00 – 19.30

University of Konstanz, A 703

Zukunftskolleg, Aylin Öngün

Prof. Shalini Randeria, Institute for Human Sciences

The lecture will address the politics of demographic fears all over the world, which are entangled with the increasing strength of ethno-national identities. While international migration and “the fear of small numbers”, as Appadurai aptly calls it, fuels pro-natalist policies in Eastern and Western Europe, the global backlash against women’s rights and LGBT rights in Eastern Europe can also be understood in this context. The quest for economic development based on neo-Malthusian premises, however, continues to animate state-driven population control programs in Africa or Asia. The contemporary dynamics  of state control over reproduction will be considered against the background of its post-1945 global history.

Shalini Randeria is the Rector of the Institute for Human Sciences (IWM) in Vienna and Research Director and Professor of Social Anthropology and Sociology at the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies (IHEID) in Geneva. She was a member of the Advisory Board of the Zukunftskolleg from 2009 until 2012.

On a regular basis, the Zukunftskolleg Lecture honors excellent researchers who are closely related to and associated with the Zukunftskolleg.