P097
Derivation, transformations and innovations: around and beyond assisted reproductive technologies (ARTs)

Convenors:
Giulia Zanini (University of Barcelona)
Noemie Merleau-Ponty (Cambridge University ReproSoc)
Location:
U7-12
Start time:
21 July, 2016 at 9:00
Session slots:
2

Short abstract:

This panel focuses on the many biomedical reproductive practices and objects which are often approached as the search for or deviation from a specific family model and which rather suggest the emergence of a multiplicity of practices which develop and expand within, around and beyond kinship.

Long abstract:

Biomedicalisation of reproduction within contemporary societies has made room for isolation and technological control of different stages of the human reproductive process. Gametes, embryos, foetuses, umbilical cord and breast milk have multiple chances of escaping a given reproductive path and of taking different trajectories. Moreover, reproductive biotechnologies invite medical professionals -e.g. physicians and biologists- and unusual "patients" - donors and surrogates- to inhabit and serve reproductive processes at specific stages. This panel aims at exploring the trajectories through which reproductive biomedicalisation produces experiences of "derivation", "translation", "re-introduction", "superproduction", "transformation", "destruction" and "lateral relationship". Spare embryos, surrogacy, embryo stem cells, cell banks, egg-sharing, cryopreservation, egg-freezing, treatment of early preterm babies are some of the phenomena challenging the biological, temporal, cultural, ethical and socio-economic limits which were until very recently deemed unquestionable. This panel invites a discussion about the many biomedical reproductive practices and objects which are often approached as the search for, consolidation of or deviation from a specific heteronormative dyadic family model and which seem to rather suggest the emergence of a multiplicity of practices which sprout, develop and expand within, around and beyond kinship.