Oct. 11: Consuming Embryos in China
Lynn Morgan recieved her Ph.D from the University of California, Berkeley. She specializes in medical anthropology, the anthropology of gender and sexualities, and reproductive governance in Latin America, Central America and the Ecuadorian Andes. In her work on feminist social studies of science, medical anthropology, and the political economy of reproductive health policy, she doesn't shy away from difficult or controversial subjects. Her newest book, Icons of Life: A Cultural History of Human Embryos (University of California Press, 2009) tells the provocative story of an early 20th-century project to collect thousands of human embryo specimens for scientific study, and it explains how those old specimens continue to affect fetal politics and reproductive rights today. Her coedited collection, Fetal Subjects, Feminist Positions, is a compilation of fifteen essays addressing one of the most difficult areas in current feminist thought—the meanings ascribed to human fetuses, and the history of efforts to personify and grant social identities to human embryos and fetuses.