phd research

In my dissertation entitled “Reproducing Bodies in Times of Crisis: Body Politics of Assisted Reproduction in the UK, Germany and Israel” I aim to illustrate the biopolitical function of the regulation, implementation and use of assisted reproductive technologies (ARTs) in the United Kingdom, Germany and Israel. Instead of focusing on the creation of new life forms of descent, non-heteronormative kinship or gender relations through ARTs, I will center the (re)production of new bodies in a biopolitical framework in relation to the national population of a state. In “Embodied Progress: Cultural Account of Assisted Conception”, Sarah Franklin writes that she derived her title from the broader theme of “how technological progress, as a cultural value, becomes embodied through reproductive practices” (Franklin, 1997, p. 9). I will add another perspective and ask how technological progress, because it is a cultural value, becomes embodied through reproductive practices along the lines of race, class and ethnicity. By linking the study of ARTs to questions of (selective) national membership – the literal embodiment of “nation-ness” (Anderson, 1991) –  I hope to theorize the relationship between science and society and epistemological dimensions thereof from a feminist and post- or decolonial sociological perspective.