Lecture by Professor Sarah Franklin on reproductive politics

Professor Sarah Franklin, University of Cambridge
The Mechanics of Substance: Rethinking Reproductive Politics in the ‘Age of Biology’
Tuesday 21st of February, Room M57, Centre for Research Development, Grand Parade, University of Brighton

Professor Franklin will talk about changes in the definition of biological materiality, as a consequence of developments in synthetic biology and regenerative medicine. She relates this to debates about bio-capital drawing on recent critical theoretical work in feminist and Marxist scholarship.

Professor Sarah Franklin has published extensively on the social aspects of new reproductive technologies. Her work combines traditional anthropological approaches, including both ethnographic methods and kinship theory, with more recent approaches from science studies, gender theory, and cultural studies. Professor Franklin has an MA in Women’s Studies from the University of Kent (1984) and an MA in Anthropology from NYU (1986). She studied for her PhD at the Birmingham Centre for Cultural Studies from 1986-1989, taking her doctoral degree in 1992. From 1990-1993 she worked both in the Department of Social Anthropology at the University of Manchester and the Department of Sociology at Lancaster University. From 1993 she moved to a fulltime position at Lancaster where she was promoted to a Chair in the Anthropology of Science in 2001. In 2004 she moved to the LSE where she was Professor of Social Studies of Biomedicine and Associate Director of the BIOS Centre until 2011. In June of 2011 she was elected to the Professorship of Sociology at Cambridge. Her many works include Born and Made: An Ethnography of PGID, with Celia Roberts, Dolly Mixtures: the remaking of genealogy (2007) and the forthcoming Biological Relatives: IVF, Stem Cells and the Future of Kinship.


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