Ice Age. Entangled Lives, Times, and Ethics in Fertility Preservation

Reproductive medicine had entered a new preservation age. Fertility preservation profoundly ordered reproductive trajectories, boosting the global market in private reproductive cells/tissue banking and assisted reproduction. The project aimed to situate fertility preservation as not merely a technical or reproductive innovation but as a cultural one.

Individual clinical freezer

Project period: 2017-2020

Our main research question asked: How is fertility preservation given meaning and value in the lives of individual freezers, in commercial undertakings, in clinical practices, and within bioethics and law?

Because the question demanded a collaborative approach, the research cut across the arenas of bioethics/law, practices/experiences, and culture/commerce. We sought to make a significant academic contribution to interdisciplinary scholarship, developing cultural theories on reproductive time, and enabling scholarly-grounded public policies, debates, and law on preservation.

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Ice Age. Entangled Lives, Times, and Ethics in Fertility Preservation received a three year funding from Independent Research Fund Denmark | Humanities

Project: Ice Age. Entangled Lives, Times, and Ethics in Fertility Preservation.
(Grant number:  7013-00042A)

Period: 2017-2020


Charlotte KroløkkePI Professor WSR
Charlotte Kroløkke

University of Southern Denmark
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