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Reproductive Sociology Research Group


Yolinliztli PÉREZ HERNÁNDEZ is a Ph.D. student in Social Anthropology/Ethnography at the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales (EHESS) of Paris and at the Institut national d’études démographiques (Ined) under the supervision of Prof. Virginie ROZÉE (INED). She is also a Visiting Scholar at ReproSoc from January 2020 to June 2020. Her research ethnographically explores oocyte vitrification for autologous purposes in the French context. Relying on ethnographic data coming from in-depth interviews with both health professionals (gynecologist, biologist, embryologist) and women living in France and freezing their eggs (in France and abroad), as well as on ethnographic observation in three IVF laboratories in France, she focuses on comparing women’ experiences having so-called medical reasons, so-called social reasons and women cryopreserving oocytes for themselves in exchange of an egg donation. Likewise, she analyses how the utilization of this biomedical technology is associated with motherhood project in women’s experience, and how they represent their vitrified oocytes.

Yolin completed an M.A. in Social and Political Sciences at the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM) and an undergraduate degree in Social Anthropology at the Universidad Autónoma del Estado de Morelos (UAEM). During her formation, she has worked on different subjects, such as feminicide, sexual consent, and surrogacy in Mexico. She has published several papers about these subjects in peer-reviewed journals in Mexico and Latin America. In 2019, she also published an article co-authored with Virginie Rozée about oocyte vitrification in the French context: “L’autoconservation ovocytaire en France: analyse d’une pratique biomédicale controversée” (¿ Interrogations ? Revue plurisciplinaire de sciences humaines et sociales, Nº 28).

Currently, her main interest includes medical and reproductive anthropology, assisted reproductive techniques, egg freezing, motherhood, personhood, reproductive health and rights, fertility and reproduction, gender, and feminist studies.

Lent and Easer Term 2020
 Yolinliztli  Pérez Hernández