Research goals


The overall goals of the project are to:

  • provide a large scale multi-sided ethnography of assisted reproduction in Greece
  • participate into ongoing discussions on (in)fertility, demography, family and reproduction
  • correlate reproduction to issues of human rights and “reproductive citizenship”
  • examine interrelations of social practices with law and linguistic performances
  • identify issues of stratified reproduction on terms of age, gender, sexuality, religion, ethnicity
  • address issues of cross-border reproduction
  • provide comparisons between and among European and non-European countries
  • identify social and technological networks on local and global level

Specific goals of the project are organized around four clusters of research:

I. Shifting concepts of kinship, relation, parenthood and personhood in the context of social and technological transformations and nature/culture/technology perceptions

  • identify changes in kinship and family relations in Greece
  • analyse the influence of technological changes on concepts and practices of kinship and parenthood
  • compare “kinship after technology” concepts and practices in other countries

II. Practices of reproduction in relation to gender, sexuality, age, religion and ethnicity

  • describe differences in terms of gender, sexuality, age, religion, ethnicity
  • address issues of discrimination and “stratified reproduction”
  • compare with concepts, practices, discriminations in other countries

III. Politics of (in)fertility, “reproductive citizenship” and cross-border reproduction across different states

  • identify laws on assisted reproduction
  • address issues of cross-border reproduction
  • compare with laws in other countries

IV. Reproductive technologies and networks on local and global level

  • describe the move of technologies, concepts and ideas related to assisted reproduction
  • identify local perceptions of global technologies in relation to kinship, family and reproduction
  • identify local and global networks (medical, social, academic)