International Expert Symposium: Comparative and transnational perspectives on technologies of fertility preservation and extension

A BSA Human Reproduction Study Group event

13 June 2019
De Montfort University Leicester, UK

Symposium Programme

09:30-10:00 – Registration

10:00-10:30 – Welcome & speed networking

10:30-11:00 – Introduction and overview of the debates (Dr Kylie Baldwin)


11:00-12:30 – Session 1: Pathways to freezing: International perspectives.
Chair: Kylie Baldwin

Prof. Marcia Inhorn, Yale University (USA) (with Daphna Birenbaum-Carmeli)

Egg Freezing and Feminism: An Uneasy Alliance

Dr. Zeynep Gurtin, Centre for Women’s Health, UCL (UK) (co-organiser)
Title: TBC

Dr. Nitzan Rimon-Zarfaty, Department for Medical Ethics and History of Medicine, University Medical Center Göttingen (Germany)

“Freezing for the fourth and fifth child”- The usage of social egg freezing among Israeli religious women- An intracultural perspective


12:30-13:30 – Lunch break and informal networking


13:30-15:00 – Session 2: Marketisation of fertility extension, precarity and risk. Chair: Johanna Kostenza  

Dr Sara Lafuente, PhD Candidate, Institute of Public Goods and Policies, CSIC (Spanish National Research Center)
Investigating egg freezing in Spain: Some programmatic ideas in the context of a new project around cryotechnologies

Dr Azer Kılıç,  Izmir University of Economics (Turkey)
Egg freezing experiences of women in Turkey: between medicalization and marketization

Dr. Lucy Van De Wiel, University of Cambridge University (UK)
Egg Freezing and the Financialization of Fertility


15:00-15:30 – Afternoon Break


15:30-17:00 Session 3: Fertility preservation and extension in diverse contexts. Chair: Zeynep Gurtin

Prof. Daphna Birenbaum-Carmeli, University of Haifa (Israel) (with Marcia C. Inhorn)
“Being a mother was out of the question, but being a father, that’s my greatest dream ever!” Transgender Men Talk about Fertility Preservation

Dr Johanna Kostenzer, Erasmus University Rotterdam (Netherlands) (co-organiser) (with Assoc.Prof. Dr. Annelies Bos, Prof. Dr. Antoinette de Bont, Prof. Dr. Job van Exel)
Women’s viewpoints and the controversy on “social egg freezing” in the Netherlands. A Q methodology study.

Michel De Proost, PhD Candidate, Free University of Brussels (Belgium)
Practicing intersectionality in empirical bioethical research: Social egg freezing at the margins of the centre

17.00-17:15 – Closing Remarks (Kylie Baldwin)

19:00 – Dinner with invited speakers and committee


About the Event

This event is kindly sponsored by the Foundation for the Sociology of Health and Illness and the British Sociological Association Human Reproduction Study Group.

The conference will take place at De Montfort University, Leicester in The Venue. A campus map can be found here.

Bursaries and Travel Grants

A number of symposium bursaries and travel grants of up to £50 per person are available for PhD students and early career researchers. Please email the below for more information and to apply.

For more information about the event please contact Kylie Baldwin.

Registration Fees

  • BSA member: £30
  • Non-BSA member: £35