In Spring 2023, sociologist Rene Almeling (Yale), bioethicist Lisa Campo-Engelstein (UTMB), and physician-scientist Brian T. Nguyen (USC) organized an interdisciplinary convening to bring together a range of perspectives on questions at the nexus of sperm/health/politics. Social scientists, physicians, ethicists, and advocates drafted and discussed thinkpieces on topics such as “male” infertility, “male” contraception, "paternal effects" on reproductive outcomes, and reproductive and sexual healthcare.*
The opening panel – which includes comments from the three organizers – can be viewed on YouTube (link coming soon). At present, we are working to publish the proceedings in an edited volume. Please feel free to email firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
*We have put words like male and paternal in quotes to indicate we are not taking for granted the meaning of these terms. We recognize that language in these realms remains fraught, imprecise, and in flux, so please note that our aim is to be inclusive of people of all gender identities.