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Department of Anthropology: Asian (In)Fertilities

 Asian (In)Fertilities

Asian (In)Fertilities is a network of researchers centred on the Anthropology Department of Durham University. All have a shared interest in research, theory and methods as they relate to issues of fertility and reproduction in Asian communities. Our interests cover communities located in South Asia as well as immigrant and diaspora communities around the world. We are also interested in the complex transnational linkages that connect these communities and facilitate the movement of people, knowledge and information in the quest for successful reproduction.

The particular areas of interest are as follows:

  • Health and fertility among Asian communities
  • Transnationalism
  • Reproductive tourism
  • Cultures of fertility and reproduction
  • Comparative studies of menopause
  • The ethics of reproduction in different traditions [as these relate to issues such as termination of pregnancy, genetic testing, new reproductive technologies and sex selection
  • Comparative ethics [Hinduism, Islam, Buddhism and Christianity]

Our regional expertise covers Bangladesh, India, Pakistan, Nepal and Sri Lanka as well as immigrant communities in the UK and Europe.

Contact Details

Asian (In)Fertilities
Department of Anthropology
Durham University
Dr Robert Simpson
Dr Kate Hampshire
Dr Papreen Nahar