Collard, Juliane

 
Faculty of Arts
Dr. Geraldine Pratt
Sooke
Canada
Vanier Scholarship
 

Research Topic

The global and the intimate in assisted reproduction

Research Description

I use multi-site ethnography to explore the intimate and the global in assisted reproduction. Assisted reproductive technologies have evolved swiftly in recent decades; with each innovation, human life is further entwined with scientific practice, raising profound questions about the governance of life itself. 

At the site of assisted reproduction, body parts mingle with medical tools, scientific practices with affective desires, intimate body interiors with transnational bioeconomic markets. These interactions are spatial. They involve the biological, corporeal spaces of the oocyte, the womb, and the female body; the expert spaces of labs and clinics; the legal spaces of courtrooms and government offices; and the transnational spaces of cross-border fertility markets. At each of these sites, commonplace ideas about race, health, gender, and sexuality are being disrupted, re-calibrated, and re-produced. My research queries how these modes of social ordering are negotiated, experienced, and contested in and through assisted reproduction.

Why did you decide to study at UBC?

I first came to UBC geography as a Master’s student working on the Missing Women Commission of Inquiry, which was taking place in Vancouver at that time. The decision to stay on as a PhD student was an easy one: the creative, critical, and multi-disciplinary research being done by both faculty and fellow grad students make for a remarkable intellectual and social community, one of which I’m really excited to be a part.  

 

Why did you decide to pursue a graduate degree?

As a grad student and a feminist, I want to continue the collaborative project of making space in the academy for embodied and affective knowledge, space that leaves room for multiple perspectives, stories, and modes of knowledge production. This approach services a political commitment to developing and sharing progressive ideas and practices of justice, wellbeing, and equity both within and beyond academia.