Kinship and Medical Technology. Assisted Reproduction in Greece


The research program (In)FERCIT “(In)fertile Citizens: Concepts, Practices, Politics and Technologies of Assisted Reproduction in Greece. An Interdisciplinary and Comparative Approach” organizes the conference titled Kinship and Medical Technology. Αssisted Reproduction in Greece which will be held in Mytilene on 30th and 31st May 2014.

The aim of the conference is to explore the cultural/social shifts and transformations that have been taking place in the domain of kinship since the implementation of medically assisted reproduction in Greece. The conference will primarily address issues that revolve around the following two main research axes concerning: a) differentiations of notions of kinship, relatedness, parenthood and the self in the framework of wider social and technological transformations, b) differentiations taking place in the field of reproductive technologies in relation to gender, sexuality, age, religion and ethnicity/ethnic identity. Specifically, the conference will deal with the following questions:

  • What range of options do reproductive technologies offer?
  • To what extent have these options influenced kinship and gender relations?
  • What kind of changes have taken place in the legal framework?
  • What is the role of the state and state policies?
  • How do women and men who have themselves experienced assisted reproduction conceptualize, understand and react towards these new options?
  • How does the available range of options offered by reproductive technologies involve differences in relation to gender, sexuality, age, religion or ethnicity/ethnic identity?

See/download the full program here.


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