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Reproductive Sociology Research Group

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Introduction to ReproSoc

The Reproductive Sociology Research Group was established in October 2012 to develop and support funded research on the technological transformation of reproduction and related forms of social and cultural change. 

Led by Sarah Franklin, ReproSoc is designed to add a sociological perspective to the wider context of reproductive studies at Cambridge, and to extend the focus on reproduction established by the Cambridge Interdisciplinary Reproduction Forum (CIRF), the Generation to Reproduction Programme led by Nick Hopwood, and the Centre for Family Research directed by Susan Golombok.

ReproSoc is based in the Department of Sociology and has funding from the Wellcome Trust, British Academy, ESRC, ERC and Office of the Vice Chancellor. The group currently consists of 15 members who meet regularly throughout the year to share and develop research in progress. Our postdocs are Katie Dow, Robert Pralat, Lucy van de Wiel, Noémie Merleau-Ponty, Kathryn Medien, Karent Jent and Marcin Smietana. Our Research Administrator is Chantal Nowak, and Martin Johnson is a Consultant to the research group.

The group also hosts a Visiting Scholars programme, an MPhil student programme, and Affiliated Scholars from within and outside Cambridge. Our research covers a broad range of topics from cross-border reproductive care, the history of IVF, reproduction and the environment, infertility and toxicology in China, gay men's use of surrogacy, non-heterosexual parenting aspirations, regenerative medicine, the IVF-stem cell interface, and IVF in Turkey.

By developing new sociological approaches to the intersection of reproduction and technology, our aim is to develop more generalizable claims about, for example, changing definitions of nature and ethics, the biologization of technology, translational biomedicine, and the political economy of reproduction. Our work thus contributes to sociology and anthropology, science and technology studies, social and oral history, feminist and queer theory, and the social study of biomedicine, bioscience and biotechnology, as well as other fields.

We run a programme of visiting speakers, public lectures, workshops, conferences and other events that are open to the public and we welcome inquiries about us and our work via our webpage, which offers many resources related to the study of reproduction, technology and society. You can follow us on Twitter and Facebook, or join our mailing list for updates and announcements.

We are committed to making outreach not only part of what we do, but part of how we learn, so we look forward to hearing from you and hope you visit us soon.

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