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Conceptuality in Relation: Sarah Franklin in Conversation with Silvia Posocco, Paul Boyce, and EJ Gonzalez-Polledo

Franklin, Sarah; Boyce, P; Gonzalez-Polledo, EJ and Posocco, S. 2019. Conceptuality in Relation: Sarah Franklin in Conversation with Silvia Posocco, Paul Boyce, and EJ Gonzalez-Polledo. In: P Boyce; EJ Gonzalez-Polledo and S Posocco, eds. Queering Knowledge: Analytics, Devices and Investments after Marilyn Strathern. London: Routledge. ISBN 9781138230989 [Book Section] (In Press)

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Sarah Franklin in conversation with Silvia Posocco, Paul Boyce, and EJ Gonzalez-Polledo. In a conversation held in Cambridge in March 2018, Sarah Franklin reflects on the inspiration/influence that Marilyn Strathern’s work has exerted over her research trajectory and career at the intersections between anthropology, sociology, science studies and gender theory. This relation extends from their encounter at the University of Manchester in the late 1980s to Franklin’s editorial work on Strathern’s ‘lost manuscript’ originally written in Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea, in 1974 and published as Before and After Gender in 2016. In the interview, Franklin unpacks how her engagement with Marilyn Strathern shaped her ethnographic approach to scientists’ work in the field of reproduction, notably assisted conception technologies as well as cloning, and, more recently human embryonic stem cell derivation. Franklin’s project has consistently focused on exploring the multiple dimensions of conception as this process is recontextualised through ethnographic practices of re-description. Franklin argues that conception is queer in the sense that it does not fit into normative narratives of what reproduction is like, but rather reveals genealogy as a normative fiction in social and scientific practice.

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Book Section


Marilyn Strathern, Sarah Franklin, Ethnography, Anthropology, Gender Studies, Queer anthropological analysis

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English and Comparative Literature


1 September 2018Accepted
1 March 2019Published

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21 Nov 2018 11:11

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21 Nov 2018 11:11


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