Researchers

My name is Mianna Meskus. I am Associate Professor in Sociology at Tampere University and Docent in Sociology at the University of Helsinki. I am interested in how the conditions of humanity are shaped in contemporary society through science and technology and what forms of inclusion and exclusion the changes entail. I have explored these questions by focusing on knowledge production in genetics, reproductive medicine and stem cell science, and technologies of reproduction, in particular infertility treatment (IVF), prenatal testing, and abortion. I lead the research project Valda: Valuating Lives through Infertility and Dementia, where we use ethnographic and text analysis methods to study value creation and governance related to reproduction and ageing (miannameskus.net). I am also the leader of Reproductive Futures project.

I am Riikka Homanen, Academy Research Fellow in gender studies at Tampere University and a docent in sociology at the University of Lapland. My research has always been concerned with social relations, such as kin, class, gender and race/ethnicity, in (assisted) reproduction. More recently, I have focused on the marketization of reproduction and reproductive healthcare in particular. I am interested in the ethical and political work involved in maintaining, altering, advancing and participating in the fertility markets. I lead a Kone Foundation funded market “Technology, Ethics and Reproduction: Controversy in the Era of Normalisation” which explores the practices and ethics of different kinds of reproductive technologies and treatments. I am the co-leader of the Reproductive futures project.

My name is Anna-Maija Castrén and I work as an Associate Professor of Sociology (tenure track) at the University of Eastern Finland, in Kuopio. My fields of interest include family and personal relationships studies as well as social network analysis. I am fascinated about the diversified ways to live as a family and the various social relationships and their figurations that surround us in our everyday life.

I am Kaisa Kivipuro, a doctoral student in the Unit of Sociology, University of Helsinki. In my PhD research, I study an involuntary absence of a uterus and childlessness that originates from the condition. I explore how the phenomenon is constituted and framed in medical practices, legal processes and everyday life of the women in question. The study description you can find here. I work as a managing editor for Perheyhteiskunta, e-publication which popularizes research on family relations (in Finnish).

I am Tiia Sudenkaarne (MSocSc, MA), a PhD Candidate at University of Turku and a grant researcher at University of Tampere. I analyse gender and sexual diversity in medical ethics by feminist and queer bioethical theory. I am particularly interested in reproduction paired with posthumanist issues, and in cutting-edge womb-related technologies.

My name is Elina Helosvuori. I’m writing my doctoral dissertation on how assisted reproductive technologies (ARTs) change the notions of what it means to be fertile or infertile in contemporary high tech society. My research is grounded in sociology, science and technology studies, and gender studies. I apply ethnographic methods to explore clinical practices and laboratory technologies of ARTs, and the affective and embodied experiences of going through infertility treatments.

I am Johanna Sarlio-Nieminen, a doctoral student of sociology in Helsinki University. My thesis looks at the place and agency of contemporary Finnish midwifery. After Master’s thesis on maternity hospital midwifery rituals I have also graduated as a midwife. I have worked in small rural and big urban maternity hospitals as well as in independent homebirth midwifery. I also have been involved in birth, midwifery and family planning through my years in sexual and reproductive health projects in global South, mainly in Malawi of Eastern Africa. Social changes and their impact on birth and woman-centred maternity care in Finland are the focus of my research interests.

I am Elli Lehikoinen, a doctoral student in Finnish literature at the University of Turku. In my thesis, I scrutinize the entanglement of human species, materiality, gender and technology in contemporary Finnish literature commenting on human reproduction process. My interests include feminist literary studies and critical posthumanities.