Aoife McKenna

I am based at the Centre for Research on Families and Relationships and am in the first year of my PhD in Public Health Sciences, which is part of the Wellcome Trust Biomedical Ethics Strategic programme, “The Human Body, its Scope, Limits and Future”. My research is part of the reproduction and enhancement strand of the programme, and is investigating sterilization in Brazil. The key aim is to use sociological studies of the body and technology, in order to explore the concept of enhancement. In-depth interviews and enthnographic observation will be used to focus particularly on conceptions of parenthood and sexuality, constructions of the human body and its capabilities, and issues of regulation. The project will also link with some of the other core themes of the wider programme, such as the issue of methods in bioethics.

I joined Femjoy during my MRes in Social Anthropology, the year before the PhD. Femjoy has shown me the importance of having supportive, alternative and creative spaces within academia. The weekly Joyful conversations have enhanced my understanding of my research, the research process, and activism. I can’t wait to continue those conversations at the symposium!

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