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van de Wiel, L. (2020). Forthcoming. "The Speculative Turn in IVF: Egg Freezing and the Financialisation of Fertility." New Genetics and Society. Special Issue "Frozen: Social and Bioethical Aspects of Cryo-Fertility."


Barber TJ, Borok T, Suchak T, Weatherall A, Docherty T, Gamble N, Pralat R, Jaspal R, Cocker C. (2019). Having children outside a heterosexual relationship: Options for persons living with HIV. Sexually Transmitted Infections, 95(2), 99-101.

Dow, K. (2019). ‘Looking into the Test-Tube: The Birth of IVF on British Television’, Medical History 63 (2): 189-208 DOI: 10.1017/mdh.2019.6

Jent, K. (2019). Stem Cell Niches in: Fieldsights – Theorizing the Contemporary. Published online by the Society for Cultural Anthropology (April 25).

Medien, K. (2019). Foucault in Tunisia: The encounter with intolerable power. The Sociological Review

Medien, Kathryn. (2019). Palestine in DeleuzeTheory Culture & Society, 36(5): 49-70.

Merleau-Ponty, N. (2019). “In vitro fertilization in French and Indian laboratories: A somatotechnique?”, Ethnologie francaise. Translated from the French by John Angell DOI : 10.3917/ethn.173.0509

Merleau-Ponty, N. (2019). "Corps embryoïdes : biologie moléculaire et cellules vivantes". Ateliers d'anthropologie. number 46Jean-Luc Jamard, Gaëlle Lacaze et Margarita Xanthakou (dir.)

Merleau-Ponty, N. (2019). "A Hierarchy of Deaths. Stem Cells, Animals and Humans Understood by Developmental Biologists". Science as Culture. doi: 10.1080/09505431.2019.1579787

Pralat, R. (2019). Parenthood as intended: Reproductive responsibility, moral judgements and having children ‘by accident.’ The Sociological Review

Smietana, M. (2019). ‘Procreative consciousness in a global market: Gay men’s paths to surrogacy in the US,’ In: Marcin Smietana & Charis Thompson (eds.) ‘Making Families: Transnational Surrogacy, Queer Kinship, and Reproductive Justice’. Special Issue of Reproductive BioMedicine and Society, vol. 7 Nov. 2018, pp. 1-160, [open access]

van de Wiel, L. (2019). In Press. "The Datafication of Reproduction: Time-lapse Embryo Imaging and the Commercialisation of IVF." Sociology of Health and Illness. Special Issue  "Digital Health."


Dow, K. and Boydell, V. (2018). Introduction: Nature and Ethics Across Geographical, Rhetorical and Human Borders, Ethnos, 82:1, 1-18, DOI: 10.1080/00141844.2015.1028561

Dow, K. (2018). ‘Now She’s Just an Ordinary Baby’: The Birth of IVF in the British Press. Sociology53(2), 314–329.

Harper, J., Baldwin, K., van de Wiel, L. and Boivin, J. (2018). “Campaign for UK Parliament to extend the 10-year storage limit on egg freezing. Bionews.

Medien, K. (2018). Thinking Life, Death, and Solidarity Through Colonized Palestine: An Interview with Jasbir K. PuarJournal of Middle East Women Studies, 14(1): 94-103.

Merleau-Ponty, N., Vertommen, S., and Pucéat M. (2018). "I6 Passages: On the Reproduction of a Human Embryonic Stem Cell Line from Israel to France". New Genetics and Society. doi:10.1080/14636778.2018.1548269

Merleau-Ponty, N. (2018). "Sélectionner des embryons humains. Une relation opératoire au sein de laboratoires de biologie de la reproduction en Inde et en France". L'Homme. n°225 (janvier-mars 2018). Pp. 101-124. doi : 10.4000/lhomme.30724

Pralat R. (2018). More natural does not equal more normal: Lesbian, gay, and bisexual people's views about different pathways to parenthood. Journal of Family Issues, 39(18), 4179-4203.

Smietana, M., Thompson, C. & Twine, F W. (2018). Introduction: Making and Breaking Families: Reading Queer Reproductions, Stratified Reproduction and Reproductive Justice Together. In: Marcin Smietana & Charis Thompson (eds.) 2018. ‘Making Families: Transnational Surrogacy, Queer Kinship, and Reproductive Justice’. Special Issue of Reproductive Biomedicine & Society Online,  vol. 7 Nov. 2018, pp. 1-160, [open access]

Smietana, M. and Thompson, C. (eds.) (2018). ‘Making Families: Transnational Surrogacy, Queer Kinship, and Reproductive Justice’Special Issue of Reproductive Biomedicine & Society Online, Vol. 7, Nov. 2018. [open access]

Smietana, M. (2018). «Mes pères d’intention et moi sommes amis sur Facebook» : comment des femmes porteuses et des pères gais gèrent les tensions entre don et échange marchand aux États-Unis. In: I. Côté, K. Lavoie & J. Courduriès (eds.) Perspectives internationales sur la gestation pour autrui: Expériences des personnes concernées et contextes d’action, pp. 225-247. Presses de l’Université du Québec. 

van de Wiel, L. (2018). “Prenatal Imaging: Egg Freezing, Embryo Selection and the Visual Politics of Reproductive Time.” Catalyst: Feminism, Theory, Technoscience 4(2): 1-35. 

van de Wiel, L. and Cromer, R. (2018). “Remaking Reproduction Conference: A Review” Somatosphere 


Dow, K. (2017) ‘“The Men who Made the Breakthrough”: How the British press represented Patrick Steptoe and Robert Edwards in 1978’. Reproductive Biomedicine and Society Online 4: 59-67. [open access]

Dow, K. (2017) 'Conceptive Journeys’. Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute 23(3): 623-625. [Review of Cosmopolitan Conceptions by Marcia Inhorn and Problems of Conception by Marit Melhuus]

Smietana, M. (2017). Affective de-commodifying, economic de-kinning: Surrogates’ and gay fathers’ narratives in U.S. surrogacy. In: Faircloth, Ch. & Gurtin, Z. ‘Making Parents: Reproductive Technologies and Parenting Culture across Borders’ Special Issue of Sociological Research Online 22(2): 6. DOI: 10.5153/sro.4312


Dow, K. (2016). Making a Good Life: An Ethnography of Nature, Ethics and Reproduction. Princeton University Press. 

Dow, K. (2016). Seeing with Dolphins: Reflections on the Salience of Cetaceans. In Thinking about Animals in the Age of the Anthropocene. eds. Morten Tønnessen, Kristin Armstrong Oma and Silver Rattasepp. Lanham, MD: Lexington Books.

Dow, K. (2016). 'What gets left behind for future generations? Reproduction and the environment in Spey Bay, Scotland', Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute 22 (3): 1-17. DOI: 10.1111/1467-9655.12451

Franklin, S. (2016). Special Issue of Reproductive Medicine and Society Online: IVF - Global Histories, Elsevier/Open Access (co-edited volume of 12 papers on IVF in cross-cultural perspective, with Marcia Inhorn).

Peri-Rotem, N. (2016). “Religion and fertility in Western Europe: trends across cohorts in Britain, France and the Netherlands”. European Journal of Population, 32(2), 231-265.

Pralat R. (2016). Between future families and families of origin: Talking about gay parenthood across generations. Parenthood Between Generations: Transforming Reproductive Cultures, ed. S. Pooley and K. Qureshi, Berghahn Books, 43-64.

Smietana, M. (2016). ‘Families like we’d always known’? Spanish gay fathers’ normalization narratives in transnational surrogacy. In: M. Lie, & N. Lykke (eds.) Assisted Reproduction across Borders: Feminist Perspectives on Normalizations, Disruptions and Transmissions, pp. 49-60. New York and London: Routledge. 

van de Wiel, L. (2016). "Embryonic Entanglements: A Visual Analysis of Time-lapse Embryo Imaging." Assisted Reproduction Across Borders: Feminist Perspectives on Normalizations, Disruptions and Transmissions. Eds. Merete Lie and Nina Lykke. New York and Oxon: Routledge.

van de Wiel, L. (2016). "Frozen Fertility" ["Bevroren Vruchtbaarheid"]. Dutch Journal for Gender Studies. 19 (2): 286-8.


Dow, K. (2015). ‘A Nine-Month Head-Start’: The Maternal Bond and Surrogacy. Ethnos, 1-19.

Dow, K., and Boydell, V. (2015). Introduction: Nature and Ethics Across Geographical, Rhetorical and Human Borders. Ethnos

Gürtin, Z. B., Inhorn M. C., and Tremayne S. (2015) Islam and Assisted Reproduction in the Middle East: Comparing ‘Secular’ Turkey, Shia Iran, and the Sunni Arab World. In The Changing World Religion Map: Sacred Places, Identities, Practices and Politics. New York: Springer.

Pralat R. (2015). Repro-sexual intersections: Sperm donation, HIV prevention and the public interest in semen. Reproductive BioMedicine Online, 30(3), 211-219.

van de Wiel, L. (2015). "Freezing in Anticipation: Eggs for Later." Women's Studies International Forum. 53 (November-December): 119-128. 


Franklin, S. (2014). Analogic return: The reproductive life of conceptuality. Theory, Culture & Society, (1)

Franklin, S. (2014). Rethinking reproductive politics in time, and time in UK reproductive politics: 1978‐2008. Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute, 20(S1), 109-125.

Gürtin, Z. B. (2014) Assumed, promised, forbidden: infertility, IVF and fatherhood in Turkey. In Globalized Fatherhood. New York, New York: Berghahn.

Smietana, M., Jennings, S., Herbrand, C., and Golombok, S. (2014). 'Family relationships in gay father families'. In: T. Freeman, S. Graham, F. Ebtehaj & M. Richards M. (eds.) 'Relatedness in Assisted Reproduction: Families, Origins and Identities'. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. 

van de Wiel, L. (2014). For Whom the Clock Ticks: Reproductive Ageing and Egg Freezing in Dutch and British News Media. Studies in the Maternal. 6 (1). 

van de Wiel, L. (2014). The Time of the Change: Menopause’s Medicalization and the Gender Politics of Aging. International Journal of Feminist Approaches to Bioethics. 7 (1): 74-98. doi: 10.2979/intjfemappbio.7.1.74


Dow, K. (2013). Building a Stable Environment in Scotland: Planning Parenthood in a Time of Ecological Crisis. Parenting in Global Perspective: Comparative Studies in Kinship, Self and Politics, 36-50.

Franklin, S. (2013). Biological relatives: IVF, stem cells, and the future of kinship. Duke University Press.

Franklin, S. (2013). Conception through a looking glass: the paradox of IVF. Reproductive biomedicine online27(6), 747-755.

Franklin, S. (2013). Embryo Watching. How IVF Has Remade Biology.TECNOSCIENZA: Italian Journal of Science & Technology Studies4(1), 23-44.

Franklin, S. (2013). From blood to genes? Rethinking consanguinity in the context of geneticization. Blood and kinship: matter for metaphor from ancient Rome to the present, 285-306. 

Franklin, S. (2013). In Vitro Anthropos: New Conception Models for a Recursive Anthropology?. Cambridge Anthropology31(1), 3-32.

Franklin, S. (2013). The HFEA in context. Reproductive biomedicine online26(4), 310-312.

Franklin, S. (2013) Transforming Kinship. eLS.


Dow, K. (2012). "You're Gonna Get what you Pay for": Gay Parents and Transnational Surrogacy. Anthropology News, 53(4) 

Franklin, S. (2012). Anthropology of Biomedicine and Bioscience. In Sage Handbook of Social Anthropology (pp. 42-55). London: Sage.

Franklin, S. (2012). Five million miracle babies later: the anthropology of IVF. University of Chicago Press.

Gürtin, Z. B. (2012). Assisted reproduction in secular Turkey: Regulation, rhetoric, and the role of religion. Islam and assisted reproductive technologies: Sunni and Shia perspectives.

Gürtin, Z.B. (2012). Evaluating egg-sharing: The experiences, attitudes and opinions of egg-share donors and recipients. Bionews, 653. London: Progress Educational Trust.

Gürtin, Z.B. (2012). IVF Practitioners as Interface Agents between the Local and the Global: The localization of IVF in Turkey. In Reproductive Technologies as Global Form. Frankfurt: Campus Verlag.

Gürtin, Z. B., Ahuja, K., & Golombok, S. (2012). Emotional and relational aspects of egg-sharing: egg-share donors' and recipients' feelings about each other, each others' treatment outcome and any resulting children. Human reproduction27(6), 1690-1701.

Gürtin, Z. B., Ahuja, K., & Golombok, S. (2012). Egg-sharing, consent and exploitation: examining egg-share donors’ and recipients’ circumstances and retrospective reflections. Ethics Biosci Life24(7), 698-708.

Gürtin, Z. B., Inhorn, M. C., & Tremayne, S. (2015). Islam and Assisted Reproduction in the Middle East: Comparing the Sunni Arab World, Shia Iran and Secular Turkey. In The Changing World Religion Map (pp. 3137-3153). Netherlands: Springer.

Gürtin, Z.B., Golombok, S. and Ahuja, K. (2012) Egg-share donors’ and recipients’ knowledge, motivations and concerns: clinical and policy implications. Clinical Ethics. 7: 183-192.

Gürtin, Z.B. and Vayena, E. (2012). Reproductive Donation: Global Perspectives and Cultural Diversity. In Reproductive Donation: Bioethics, Policy and Practice. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Inhorn, M., & Gürtin, Z. B. (2012). Infertility and Assisted Reproduction in the Muslim Middle East: Social, Religious, and Resource Considerations. ObGyn Monograph, 24-29.

Pennings, G. and Gürtin, Z.B. (2012). The Legal and Ethical Regulation of Transnational Donation. In Reproductive Donation: Bioethics, Policy and Practice. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.