Video blog

Grand Narrations – Video Blog 12 

In this installment of the Abortion Figurations video blog series, Marta Bucholc talks about the idea of grand narratives. Why do we need grand stories? Why are we not satisfied with short and obvious answers? Watch to find out!

In the newest installment of the Abortion Figurations project video blog, our team member Carolina Mosquera Vera will talk about abortion rights in Chile. She explains how the current, 2017 law, was a significant liberalization in relation to the Pinochet-era liberalization, and the role of the feminist movement in these changes. Currently, the debate is lively, and the situation may change again – we are keeping our fingers on the pulse! Tune in. 

A Global Human Community? – Video Blog 10

In this installment of the Abortion Figurations video blog series, Marta Bucholc talks about the idea of a global human community. When and how did the idea of unity and communion between all citizens of the world emerge? What are the connections between this idea and the idea of human rights? Watch to find out!


M.L. v Poland – Video Blog 9

On 14 December 2023, the European Court of Human Rights issued a judgment in the case of M.L. v Poland. The court has ruled, that the 2020 ruling of the Polish Constitutional Tribunal, prohibiting abortion on grounds of foetal abnormality, has resulted in the plaintiff’s human rights being violated. In this installment of the project’s video blog, Marta Bucholc discusses the case and it’s implications on the connections between human rights and abortion laws.


Abortion Legalization in Argentina – Video Blog 8

In the latest installment of the project’s video blog, our team member, Carolina Mosquera Vera, talks about the process of legalization of abortion in one of our fieldwork countries – Argentina. 

Check it out!

75 years of Human Rights Declaration – Special Video Blog

Tune in for a special, anniversary episode of the Abortion Figurations project videoblog!

The 10th December 2023 is the 75th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. This was a milestone in creating a framework of human rights – rights, which do not exclude anyone, a foundation for a better future. Or would they?

This anniversary is an occasion to ask: does the framework of human rights and the thoughts behind it still work? What is left of it? It may seem it has come to a halt. Does equality and freedom that we are all born with, last forever? However, human rights is still a universal reasoning, which propels actions towards striving for better future. This is reason enough to still endorse the declaration. Legal documents and declarations feed into the political action and thinking. 

How can human rights be hijacked? By whom, and can anyone be excluded from them? How can we prevent the violations for human rights? And why should the declaration still exist? What human rights once were, and what are they now? What can they become in the future? 

For more on the declaration and it’s significance, check out the whole video!


Why Do We Play by the Rules? – Video Blog Episode 7

Playing by the rules is hard. So why do we do it then? Using the concept of power differentials, Marta Bucholc engages with this dilemma and more pressing questions in this episode of the project video blog.

State v. Women – Video Blog Episode Six

In previous videoblogs Marta Bucholc has discussed the involvement of state and reproductive rights, for example in the USA or Honduras. This episode of the project videoblog goes in-depth into the case of Justyna Wydrzyńska, a Polish pro-choice activist who was sentenced by the Polish courts to community service for aiding another woman with abortion.

Argumentative Architecture – Video Blog Episode Five

In the next installment of the Abortion Figurations video blog series, Marta Bucholc explains the idea of “argumentative architecture”. The concept is prominently featured in the project, even in its title. What is an argumentative architecture? How are arguments framed? Watch to find out!



The Right to Abortion as an EU Fundamental Right? – Video Blog Episode Four

In the fourth installment of the project video blog, Marta Bucholc analyses the European Union’s reactions to changes in abortion law in different parts of the world.

How Are Abortion Laws Changed: Colombia – Video Blog Episode Three

In the third episode of the video blog of the Abortion Figurations project, Marta Bucholc will  analyse the case of Colombia, talking about one of the ways of bringing about a change in abortion law. Enjoy!

Roe, Dobbs and the jurisprudential horizon – Video Blog Episode Two

In the second Abortion Figurations project videoblog, Marta Bucholc will talk about two landmark US Supreme Court cases: Roe v. Wade (1973) and Dobbs vs. Jackson Women’s Health Organization (2022). The first decision affirms the individual’s right to abortion, while the second holds that the US Constitution does not confer the right to abortion. These two decisions continue to be at the forefront of abortion-related debates around the world.


What is a Figuration? – Video Blog Episode One

It is with great pleasure that we present Episode One of the Abortion Figurations videoblog. Today, the theory! We boldly start with the fundamental question: “What is a figuration?”