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Changing (In)Fertilities



Soraya Tremayne is a social anthropologist and the Founding Director of the Fertility and Reproduction Studies Group (FRSG). She is a Research Affiliate at the Institute of Social and Cultural Anthropology (ISCA); the convener of the seminar series on Women's Rights in the Middle East at the Middle East Centre, and a Senior Common Room Member at St. Antony's College, University of Oxford. Her theoretical and research interests include reproduction, kinship, gender, food and ethnicity. Her current research focuses on the politics of reproduction in Iran with a focus on religion, population policies, and assisted reproductive technologies. She has carried out research in Iran, Nigeria, Romania, Malaysia and United Kingdom She received her PhD at the University of Sorbonne, Paris, and was a lecturer at Tehran University, Iran. Previous to founding FRSG, she was the Director of the Centre for International Gender Studies, Department for International Development Studies, Queen Elizabeth House, University of Oxford. She is the Founding Series Editors of FRSG's publication series Fertility Reproduction and Sexuality, with Berghahn Books. She served on the Council of the Royal Anthropological Institute between 1993 and 2014, as a Council member, a Vice-President, and a member of the Finance Committee.


Key publications: 


Reproduction and Fertility Decline in Iran: The Supremacy of Kinship With or Without the Siblings (provisional title), to be submitted in 2019

Assisted Reproductive Technologies and Islam: Sunni and Shia Perspectives, with Inhorn, M. (eds), 2012. Berghahn Books

Fatness and the Maternal Body: Women's' Experiences of Corporeality and the Shaping of Social Policy, with Unnithan-Kumar, M. (eds), 2011. Berghahn Books

Managing Reproductive Life: Cross-Cultural Themes in Fertility and Sexuality (ed), 2001, Berghahn Book

Women as Sacred Custodians of the Earth: Women, Spirituality and the Environment, with Low. A, (eds), 2001, Berghahn Books

Chapters in Books and Academic Journals include:

Kinship and Assisted Reproductive Technologies: A Middle Eastern Comparison, Inhorn, M., Birenbaum-Carmeli, D., Tremayne, S., Gürtin, Z, Cambridge Handbook of Kinship, 2019, Bamford, S., (ed). Cambridge University Press

Sunni and Shia Perspectives on Assisted Reproductive Technologies. Inhorn,M., Tremayne, S., Oxford Islamic Studies Online, 2019,

Assisted Reproductive Technologies and Making and unmaking of Kin in Iran: Transformation or Variation on a Theme?, Riley, N. E., Brunson, J (eds). International Handbook on Gender and Demographic Processes 2018, Springer, Vol. 8

Emerging Kinship in a Changing Middle East, Guest Editor, The Journal of the Anthropology of the Middle East, Berghahn Journals, No 2, winter 2017

'Conceiving IVF In Iran' with Akhondi, M., Histories of IVF, 2016. Franklin, S., Inhorn, M., (eds), online Journal of Reproductive Biomedicine and Society, Cambridge

'Islam, Assisted Reproduction, and the Bioethical Aftermath', with Inhorn, M., Journal of Religion and Health, Vol. 55, 2, April 2016      

Wither Kinship: Assisted Reproductive Technologies and Relatedness in Iran, Assisted Reproductive Technologies in the Third Phase: Global Encounters and Emerging Moral Worlds, Hampshire, K., Bob Simpson (eds), 2015 Berghahn Books,

Islam and Assisted Reproduction in the Middle East: Comparing 'Secular' Turkey, Shia Iran, and the Sunni Arab World, with Inhorn, M., and Gurtin, Z., in The Changing World Religion Map. Brunn, S., (ed). 2015, Springer

Gender and Reproductive Technologies in Shia Iran, Gender in Judaism and Islam. 2015. Wenger, B., and Kashani-Sabet, F, (eds) New York University Press

The Four Faces of Iranian Fatherhood,  Globalised Fatherhood, Inhorn M., Chavkin, W., (eds). 2014, Berghahn Books

The '"Down Side" of Gamete Donation: Challenging the "Happy Family" Rhetoric in Iran, Assisted Reproductive Technologies and Islam: Sunni and Shia Perspectives. 2012, Inhorn, M. and Tremayne. S. (eds)). Berghahn Books

The Dilemma of Assisted Reproduction in Iran,  Biomedical Infertility Care in Poor Resource Countries: Barriers, Access and Ethics, 2012, Gerrits, T., Ombelet, W., Van Balen, F., Vanderpoel, S.(eds), 2012 . Special Edition, ESHRE 

Institute of Social and Cultural Anthropology, University of Oxford
 Soraya  Tremayne
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