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ISEK - Institut für Sozialanthropologie und Empirische Kulturwissenschaft Ethnologie


Nolwenn Bühler is an anthropologist and holds a PhD position in the SNSF-project "Fertility and Family in Switzerland". Her project addresses the understudied relations between ARTs and age/aging and examines the various redefinitions of family, reproductive ageing and gender identities entailed by the extension of fertility time through ARTs. In her MA thesis she investigated the implementation of the HPV vaccine in the Canton de Vaud.

Maryvonne Charmillot PhD in education sciences (socio-anthropological orientation), lecturer and researcher at the University of Geneva (FPSE). Areas of specialization: epistemology and methodology of education and training, health education, disease experience. Current Research: "Sickness and construction of self" and "Medically Assisted Reproduction and Infertility in a Globalizing World" (Coordinator: Doris Bonnet, CEPED, Paris).

Eylem Copur, PhD in Law is a lecturer and researcher at the University of Applied Sciences Zurich (ZHAW) and a lawyer. Her PhD thesis consisted of parenthood, childs-best interest and gay couples. She worked together with Andrea Büchler in the field of Legal Gender Studies. Actually she is focusing on the matters of non-discrimination. Together with Prof. Ivo Schwander she finished a survey on surrogate motherhood and the legal recognition in Switzerland. She is involved in the Legalization process of same sex couples and held the case at the European Court of human rights for same sex stepparent adoption of a lesbian couple.

Jeanette Edwards is Professor of Social Anthropology at the University of Manchester and currently Head of Discipline Area. She has worked on kinship and new reproductive technologies in the UK and is also interested in religion and biotechnology in the Middle East. More recently she has turned her attention to the burgeoning interest in family history and genealogical research in the UK. She was convenor and director of an EU-funded collaborative project on the ‘Public Understandings of Genetics (PUG)’ and her publications include: Born and Bred: Idioms of Kinship and New Reproductive Technologies in England (Oxford University Press); with C. Salazar, Kinship Matters: European Cultures of Kinship in the Age of Biotechnology (Berghahn Books); with M. Petrović-Šteger, Recasting Anthropological Knowledge: Inspiration and Social Science (Cambridge University Press). She has recently served on a Nuffield Council of Bioethics working party investigating issues of ‘disclosure’ in the context of donor conception and contributed to the 2013 report Shared Information in Donor Conception (London: NCoB).

Bettina Dennerlein is Professor of Gender Studies and Islamic Studies at the Institute of Asian and Oriental Studies at the University of Zurich. She received her Ph.D. in 1997 from the Free University in Berlin. Since April 2000 she was Research Fellow at the Centre of Modern Oriental Studies (Berlin) and at the Humboldt University in Berlin. From 2007 until 2009 she was Professor at the Asia-Africa-Institute at the University of Hamburg. Area of specialization: North Africa. Major research interests: Islamic family law and gender politics; modern and contemporary reform movements.

Nadja Eggert is research fellow at Ethos – the interdisciplinary Ethics platform of the University of Lausanne. She holds a PhD in Ethics of Life Science from the Faculty of Biology and Medicine of the University of Lausanne. In her PhD she examines the ethical considerations of ART from a perspective of justice – a conception of justice founded on an articulation of the ethic of care and the capability approach, which places vulnerability at the center of the person.  She studied political science (DEA) and theology (licence) at the University of Geneva.

Shirin Garmaroudi Naef is in the final stage of writing up her PhD thesis “Assisted reproductive technologies in Iran from an anthropological perspective: legal and jurisprudential responses and social dynamics” at the University of Zurich. From 2009-2012 she was a member of the Research Training Group “Bioethics” at IZEW, University of Tübingen. Recent publications: “Gestational Surrogacy in Iran: Uterine Kinship in Shia Thought and Practice”, in Islam and Assisted Reproductive Technologies: Sunni and Shia Perspectives (Berghahn Books, 2012); “The Birth of Embryo Donation and Surrogacy in Iran”(2013).

Willemijn de Jong is an Associate Professor of Social and Cultural Anthropology at the University or Zurich. She has published on migration and communication in Switzerland; textiles as female gifts and commodities, and the revival of rituals of fertility in Flores, Indonesia; social (in)security and ageing in Kerala, India; and on reproductive technologies and kinship in Euro-American contexts.

Anika König is a postdoctoral fellow at the Center for Area Studies at Freie Universität Berlin, Germany. She received her PhD from the Australian National University where she conducted research on ethnic violence in West Kalimantan, Indonesia. Her current research project investigates transnational reproductive travel, especially surrogacy arrangements, with a particular focus on intended parents from German-speaking countries.

Tanja Krones is head physician of clinical ethics/executive secretary of the clinical ethics committee of the University hospital of Zurich at the Institute of Biomedical Ethics, University of Zurich. She is a senior lecturer in medical ethics, member of the International Network of Agencies for Health Technology Assessment (INAHTA), member of the central ethics commission of physicians in Germany (ZEKO), speaker on ethics and evidence based medicine for the German Network of evidence based Medicine (DNEbM) and of the working group on embryo protection and reproductive biomedicine of the German Academy of Medical Ethics.

Anne Lavanchy is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Sociology at LSE, London, UK. Her current research investigates how civil servants offices define and use intimacy and love narratives to assess the genuine character of marriage and partnership, in particular when they involve “foreigners”. Her recent publications include "Dissonant alignments: The ethics and politics of researching state institutions", Current Sociology (to appear 2013).

Brigitte Leeners, PD Dr. med. is a senior physician at the Department of Reproductive Endocrinology in the University Hospital in Zurich. She also serves as the co-director of the Sexual Medicine Clinic and a founding member of the Swiss Society for Sexual Medicine. Her clinical work mainly involves infertility treatments, coaching psychology, sexual medicine, endometriosis and pregnancy prevention.

Sibylle Lustenberger is a PhD candidate and lecturer at the Institute of Social Anthropology at the University of Bern, Switzerland. Between 2009 and 2012 she lived in Israel, where she developed professional knowledge of Hebrew and conducted extensive fieldwork on the formation of same-sex parenthood. Her PhD project is supported by the Wenner-Gren Foundation and the Swiss National Science Foundation.

Andrea Maihofer is professor of gender studies and director of the Center for Gender Studies at the University of Basel. She is co-editor of the Campus-Verlag series Politik der Geschlechterverhältnisse. Her publications include Das Recht bei Marx. Zur dialektischen Struktur von Gerechtigkeit, Menschenrechten und Recht, Baden-Baden 1992 and Geschlecht als Existenzweise. Macht, Moral, Recht und Geschlechterdifferenz, Frankfurt/M. 1995.

Marianne Modak is Professsor at the "Haute école de travail social et de la santé" at Lausanne. Her teaching domains are Sociology of the Family, Justice Standards, and Gender Studies. Her actual research interests focus on the articulation between family and public institutions, as well as parenthood.

Eveline Yv Nay is a research assistant at the Center for Gender Studies at the University of Basel and holds a PhD position in the SNSF-project "Fertility and Family in Switzerland". In her PhD project Nay examines queer kinship configurations using biomedical technologies of reproduction and related technologies focusing on politics and economies of reproduction as well as the affective and temporal impact of regimes of procreation. Nay is currently a co-editor of an anthology on affect studies in German speaking European gender and queer studies.

Enric Porqueres i Gené is directeur d’études at the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales in Paris. He works on European kinship, paying particular attention to its cognatic character. The notion of the person inscribed in the kinship system and its implementations in the construction of social borders through the rhetoric of blood and genealogy have been at the centre of his publications. He is currently working on the ontologies of contemporary bioethics compared with other systems of representation on the status of the human embryo and foetus (in West Africa, among the Inuits and in Australia).

Simon Teuscher is Professor of medieval history at the University of Zurich. He has been an assistant professor at the University of Basel and the University of California, Los Angeles; a Visiting Professor at the Aecole des Hautes Aetudes en Sciences Sociales in Paris and at the Universite de Neuchatel; and a member of the Institute for Advanced Study, School of Historical Studies, at Princeton. His publications include Lord's Rights and Peasant Stories: Writing and the Formation of Tradition in the Later Middle Ages (Philadelphia, PA, 2012), and, together with David Sabean, Christopher H. Johnson and Bernhard Jussen, Blood and Kinship: Matter for Metaphor from Ancient Rome to the Present (Berghahn Books, 2013).

Virginie Stucki is a trained anthropologist and Professor at the Haute école de travail social et de la santé (HETS&S – EESP – Lausanne), and an associate scholar at the Institut Universitaire d’histoire de la médecine et de la santé publique (IUHMSP – CHUV –Lausanne). Her research focuses on the transformations of (bio)medicine, psychiatry and (ex-)patients’ movement.

Kathrin Zehnder is a sociologist and holds a postdoc position in the SNSF-project "Fertility and Family in Switzerland". She examines processes of normalisation and naturalisation, constructions of relatedness and bodies in heterosexual nuclear families in the German part of Switzerland. This study specifically deals with male infertility, heteronormative ideas and practices to build one’s “own family”. Her PhD thesis „Zwitter beim Namen nennen. Intersexualität zwischen Pathologie, Selbstbestimmung und leiblicher Erfahrung“ has been published in 2010.

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