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Dish Life: The Game released on iOS, Android & Steam

A unique new game – “part Sims, part Tamagotchi” – lets players inhabit a stem cell researcher as they rise through the ranks: growing cells, scientific collaborations, and reputation. Dish Life, launched today and free to download on iPhone App Store, Android App Store and Steam (PC), has been developed by Cambridge sociologists and stem cell scientists from the University’s Stem Cell Institute. It aims to provide a flavour of the lives and labour behind biotechnological advances.

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Call for Papers ‘Rethinking Social Reproduction in the Environmental Crisis’

This is a one-day conference, taking place in October 2020, which aims to attract early career researchers – namely PhD students and post-doctoral researchers, in the UK and beyond. We welcome empirical, theoretical and methodological contributions from various social science perspectives (gender and feminist studies, sociology, anthropology, political science, history etc.).

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Changing (In)Fertilities

Changing (In)Fertilities is a major major new collaborative interdisciplinary research project funded by the Wellcome Trust and based in ReproSoc. This collaborative global project will explore how ARTs such as IVF are not only responding to, but also changing, the ways in which fertility and infertility are perceived and practiced.

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Dish Life

Dish Life is an award winning documentary short about stem cell scientists' emotional relationship to the cells they grow in the laboratory. Dish Life has now been awarded funding from the Wellcome Trust and the Economic & Social Research Council to produce a digital mobile app Dish Life: The Game.

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ReproSoc Director

In 2012 Professor Sarah Franklin received awards from the Wellcome Trust (Senior Investigator), ESRC (Seminar Series) and British Academy (Academy Research project) to establish two new initiatives: The IVF Histories and Cultures Project (with Martin Johnson and Nick Hopwood) and the Reproductive Sociology Research Group (ReproSoc).

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Sharing a new blog post every Friday during term time, the ReproSoc blog covers everything from reviews and reflections to political opinions and personal stories. Read back through our archives and follow our social media to keep up to date with out latest posts.

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ReproSoc Newsletter

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Why Does Reproduction Matter?

Over the past year the ReproSoc team have interviewed a variety of scholars, including Mary Beard and Marilyn Strathern, about the ways in which reproduction has featured in research, why it is important, and what the future will bring. The whole series is available to view on our YouTube channel (please subscribe to stay up to date!)

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The Reproductive Sociology Research Group supports research and teaching on the social and cultural implications of new reproductive technologies. ReproSoc is based within the Department of Sociology and is part of an expanding concentration of Reproductive Studies at Cambridge, is led by Professor Sarah Franklin and has funding from the Wellcome Trust, British Academy, ESRC, ERC, and Office of the Vice Chancellor, as well as several other funding bodies.


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LIFE IN GLASS is a series of cultural experiments that explore the relation between reproductive technologies and the social worlds we live in. Through art, film and creative dialogue, we consider how reproductive technologies come to play an ever larger role in the process of imagining when, how, if, and what we reproduce in our lifetimes.

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