Pregnancy Loss in Contemporary Literature and Film

deadline for submissions: 
September 30, 2023
full name / name of organization: 
Laura Lazzari Vosti, Sasso Corbaro Foundation for the Medical Humanities and George Washington University
contact email: 

Please consider submitting an abstract for the 2024 NeMLA Convention:

This panel aims to examine how elective, therapeutic, spontaneous abortions, and stillbirths are represented in work of literature and cinema from an interdisciplinary and transnational perspective at the intersection of gender studies and the medical humanities. We welcome papers that engage with novels, graphic novels, memoirs, cross-genre texts, poems, films, and documentaries, that address experiences of pregnancy loss in contemporary societies, cultures, and languages, by using different methodologies. 

The panel investigates how pregnancy loss is perceived, experienced, and narrated in a variety of cultural and literary productions. Topics that can be considered may include stories of childbirth and loss in the first, second or third trimester, experiences of traumatic/empowering abortions, and writing about loss to heal, inform, educate, advocate, overcome trauma, empower, and change medical protocols, among others. Papers aim at bringing new light to various experiences of pregnancy loss in contemporary world, an event that – despite its frequency – is still a taboo in today society.

250-vord abstracts and a short bio should be submitted through the NeMLA website: