Thursday seminar: What is kinship in the age of assisted reproduction?

  • Date: –15:00
  • Location: Zoom
  • Lecturer: Jenny Gunnarsson Payne, Professor of Ethnology at the Department of Historical and Contemporary Studies at Södertörn University.
  • Organiser: Centre for Gender Research
  • Contact person: Nicole Ovesen
  • Seminarium

How have assisted reproductive technologies changed our understanding of kinship? And what can kinship come to mean for future generations?

Welcome to the Thursday seminar: What is kinship in the age of assisted reproduction? Blood, intent and everything in-between

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About the seminar
Reproductive technologies such as egg-, sperm- and embryo donation, and surrogacy, have become increasingly common and normalised in large parts of the world. These ways of reproducing have not only resulted in the birth of millions of human beings, but also both reinforced and transformed different aspects of human kinship.

Drawing on a range of empirical examples, this seminar discusses the different ways that humans interpret, imagine and practice kinship in the context of assisted reproduction, and proposes that these ways can be theoretically understood through the Wittgenstein-inspired concept of “kinship grammars”. 

About Jenny Gunnarsson Payne
Jenny Gunnarsson Payne is Professor of Ethnology at the Department of Historical and Contemporary Studies at Södertörn University. 

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• Grammars of Kinship: Biological Motherhood and Assisted Reproduction in the Age of Epigenetics