(Trans)Formations of Kinship: Travelling in Search of Relatedness

How do we come to understand kinship in a time when bodies, biogenetic substances, and clinical expertise cross borders and create new contexts for imagining and making relatedness? For example, how is kinship transformed when individuals come to Denmark for anonymous sperm donation or when transnational adoptees relocate to their country of birth? This project inquires into the staging that goes into the making of kinship including the importance of new media and social networking sites which not only speed up communication between different stakeholders but also create new sites for expressing and negotiating relatedness. We strategically look at the making of kinship in different contexts (egg and sperm donation, surrogacy, and transnational adoption). We highlight different national contexts and different forms of travelling: International exchanges of clinical expertise and the translations that all of these undergo when staged in art, new media, and on social networking sites.

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