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Intimate Connections w/ Edna Bonhomme: Fertile Ground

12 September 2022
  • Reading
  • Informative
  • Urgent

Reproductive rights, it seems, has taken on new meaning in an era, especially with the restrictions of bodily autonomy for people with wombs mostly generated by the reactionary policies of conservatives in the United States and Europe. Fertile grounds is an encounter with having all the options to decide if, when, or how a person forms a family. This sonic exercise is a poetic, musical and historical interrogation of different modalities of reproduction and infertility, not just as a matter of public health, but as a way to understand that reproduction or the the refusal to reproduce should be freely available to people, no matter their reasons. Exciting a language of pleasure and liberation, might help us entrust people to have full autonomy of their bodies.

Edna Bonhomme is a historian of science and writer who earned a Ph.D. from Princeton University. One of her tasks is to mine through the archives and complicate our understanding of contagion, epidemics, toxicity, and maladies. Through critical storytelling, Edna narrates how people perceive modern plagues and how they try to escape from them. Her essays have appeared in Al Jazeera, The Guardian, The London Review of Books, and elsewhere. Edna lives in Berlin, Germany.

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