Amelie Baumann is a Ph.D. student in Cultural Anthropology at the University of Bremen, Germany, and a Visiting Scholar at ReproSoc from September 2016 until January 2017. Her Ph.D. project ethnographically explores the transformation of anonymity-regimes in gamete donation in both the UK and in Germany by focusing on the social and political practices of persons conceived with gametes from anonymized sources.
Amelie completed an undergraduate degree in Sociology (major) and Philosophy (minor) at the University of Konstanz in Germany. During her undergraduate studies, she spent one semester at Uppsala University in Sweden as part of the Erasmus exchange programme. After graduation, she moved back to Uppsala to undertake an M.A. in Cultural Anthropology, focusing on the non-governmental HIV/AIDS-sector in Germany in her thesis. Before moving to Bremen, she was a Research Associate at the Institute of Medical Sociology at the Martin-Luther-University in Halle/Wittenberg (Germany). In Halle, Amelie was involved in a qualitative study that explored the impact of social inequality on the course of treatment for diabetes-patients.
Her main research interests are the intersection of medical and legal anthropology, particularly in relation to reproductive technologies and human rights, as well as new kinship studies and the anthropology of policy.