"Baby Miles": Reproductive Rights, Labor, and Ethics in the Transnational Korean Reproductive Technology Industry

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"Baby Miles": Reproductive Rights, Labor, and Ethics in the Transnational Korean Reproductive Technology Industry
Dr. Sunhye Kim (Ewha Womans University)
May 21th 2021, 11:00 - 12:30am (GMT+1)
This research project examines the transnational circuits of the assisted reproductive technology (ART) industry in South Korea to demonstrate how the concepts of reproductive rights and labor have been contested, negotiated, and reconstructed by various actors—including infertile couples, gamete donors, gestational surrogates, state agents, and medical professionals—across national boundaries. This study envisions reproductive ethics as part of a transnational feminist agenda by examining the ethical issues raised by the complicated relationships between intended parents and gamete donors/gestational surrogates. Drawing on multi-sited ethnographic research conducted in South Korea, Taiwan, Thailand, and Ukraine, this project disputes the unilateral understanding of ART, which is typically conceptualized as having a unidirectional flow from the “West” to Asia, by focusing on the complex relations between Korean intended parents and non-Korean gamete providers and gestational surrogates.
About the Speaker
Sunhye Kim is an Assistant Professor of Women's Studies at Ewha Womans University. She received her Ph.D. in the Department of Women’s Studies at the University of Maryland in 2018. Her research and teaching focus on the politics of human (re)production, technology and gender, family and labor, cross-border medical tourism, and qualitative methods. She is also interested in Korean women’s movements and transnational feminism. She has published several journal articles and book chapters in English and Korean related to population policy, biomedical technology, and reproductive justice movement in English and Korean. Previously, she was a Soon Young Kim Postdoctoral fellow at Harvard University and an Assistant Research Professor of International Affairs at George Washington University.
May 21, 2021
11:00 - 12:30am (GMT+1)
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The seminar is supported by the Department of Life Sciences and Research Center for Anthropology and Health (CIAS), University of Coimbra.
Webinar Convenors: Dr. Loretta Lou (University of Macau), Prof. Gonçalo Santos (University of Coimbra) and Yichen Rao (University of Hong Kong).
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