April, 2015

Progress & Pitfalls in International Population Politics: A talk by Dr. Betsy Hartmann

Date: Monday, April 13, 2015
Time: 10.30 am to 11.30 am
Venue: LT 106, Ashoka University Campus

The lecture will map the broad landscape of international population politics, from the delivery of family planning services to the controversies surrounding the connections between population, environment and security. It will identify the powerful actors that shape demographic ideologies and policies and the role of feminist movements in challenging and transforming them.

About the speaker:


Dr. Betsy Hartmann is a Fulbright-Nehru Distinguished Chair based at the Centre for Social Medicine and Community Health at JNU and the women’s health research and advocacy group, Sama, from January-May 2015. She is professor of Development Studies and senior policy analyst with the Population and Development Program at Hampshire College in Amherst, MA, USA. She writes, teaches and lectures on the intersections of international population, development, environment and peace issues in activist, policy and scholarly venues. Her recent research focuses on the securitization of climate change, and she is also co-author of the background chapter on “Population, Sustainable Development and Gender Equality” for UN Women’s 2014 World Survey on the Role of Women in Development.

She is the author of the feminist classic,  Reproductive Rights and Wrongs: The Global Politics of Population Control, co-author of A Quiet Violence: View from a Bangladesh Village and co-editor of the anthology, Making Threats: Biofears and Environmental Anxieties. She is also the author of two political thrillers, Deadly Election and The Truth about Fire. She is currently writing a book on apocalyptic thinking in the U.S. entitled Apocalypse Forever: Nature, Empire and the American Dream, to be published by Seven Stories Press. Dr. Hartmann received her B.A. magna cum laude in South Asian Studies from Yale University and her PhD in Development Studies from the London School of Economics and Political Science.


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