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ReproSoc is awarded £1.4M from Wellcome Trust

last modified Feb 21, 2018 04:40 PM

In partnership with Dr Marcia Inhorn at Yale University and a network of 16 research partners worldwide, ReproSoc has been awarded a major Wellcome grant of £1.4M to begin a new project on 'Changing In/Fertilities' that will investigate not only how perceptions of fertility and infertility are changing, but how these altered perceptions are driving new behavioural norms. In addition to investigating new forms of fertility precarity, and in/fertility stratifications, the new project looks at changing LGBTQ fertility practices, the relationship between race and reproduction, reproduction and migrant communities, and the ways infertility treatment is feeding back into basic science. Our three year project will provide the first systematic and comparative overview of Changing In/Fertilities and a primary goal of the project is to develop a general sociological theory of contemporary fertility change.

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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