Using an array of methodologies -quantitative, qualitative, participant observation, actor-network, legal archival documentation — this interdisciplinary (anthropological and legal) project revolves around four clusters of research:
- shifting concepts of kinship, relation, parenthood and personhood in the context of social and technological transformations and nature/culture/technology perceptions
- practices of reproduction in relation to gender, sexuality, age, religion and ethnicity
- politics of (in)fertility, “reproductive citizenship” and cross-border reproduction across different states
- reproductive technologies and networks on local and global level.
he innovative aspect of the project goes further than its interdisciplinary scope and is also to be found in its comparative approach that will draw together research results in neighbouring state countries that differ in terms of religion (Eastern Orthodox, Catholic, Muslim), reproductive laws, and assisted reproduction technology. The overall objective of the research project is to provide an account which will move beyond permissive vs restrictive discourse on reproductive citizenship and which on the one hand draws on notions of reproductive autonomy and right to choose, and on the other, ideas about human dignity and the moral majority. This requires a reconsideration of the specific cultural contexts in which such discourses emerge, particularly local-global exchanges and social-technological networks.
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