CFP: Postgraduate Conference on ‘The Sociology of Technologically Mediated Reproduction’

Postgraduate students from the Reproduction Research Group at De
Montfort University in Leicester are hosting a Postgraduate Conference on ‘The 
Sociology of Technologically Mediated Reproduction’ at De Montfort
University on Thursday 29th May.

The conference will include a keynote lecture from Professor Sarah FranklinCambridge University, and a writing workshop providing advice on publishing in the field as  well as a chance to network and discuss work with fellow students.
Call for papers
Assisted reproductive technologies (ARTs) converge at the intersection between gender,
technology, kinship, commerce and politics and therefore generate considerable public,
ethical and academic debate. Sociologists continue to have a significant role in
understanding the ways in which technologically mediated reproduction is variously
interpreted in these debates as representing progress, promise or threat in a range of
social contexts. Authors and researchers in this field have successfully demonstrated how
local regulatory practices and diverse cultural settings mediate the experiences of those
engaging with ARTs, both as ‘users’ and ‘providers’. Feminist sociologists in particular
have raised important questions about the exploitation of women, especially in low
resource countries, and have highlighted issues of commercialisation, globalization,
exploitation, reproductive rights, and medicalisation as central concerns to a sociology of
ARTs.

Postgraduate students are invited to submit abstracts of no more than 250 words to Kylie Baldwin: kbaldwinATdmu.ac.uk by Friday 21st March. Authors whose abstracts are accepted for oral presentation will receive a small contribution towards their travelling costs and will be exempt from attendance fees.

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