Society for Medical Anthropology
Invited - Oral Presentation Session
Maurizio Meloni (Alfred Deakin Institute for Citizenship and Globalisation, Deakin University)
In this paper we take the renewed global health interest in 'preconception care' as one lens for understanding the expanding notions of intergenerational responsibility for health outcomes that new scientific findings in the fields of the Developmental Origins of Health and Disease and epigenetics might suggest. We consider the implications of global public health perspectives that expand the 'preconception period' to include all individuals of reproductive potential, including the new research populations that 'preconception trials' produce, and the renewed tensions between interventions that target individuals, and alternative ecosocial analyses of health determinants. Drawing together anthropological and feminist scholarship on epigenetics, DOHaD and early life interventions, and science and technology studies approaches that frame toxicity as central to reproductive politics, we consider what an intergenerational ethnographic approach might look like, as a critical method for tracing changing body-world configurations and intergenerational relations.