GOVERNING EMBRYO RESEARCH IN CANADA
Embryos remaining after in vitro fertilization are often cryopreserved—frozen—for potential future use. In Canada, there are important regulations governing consent to use these embryos to build one’s own family, or for a variety of other reasons, including donating to another family, clinical training, clinical research, and “science.” This project drew on interview research with participants from three clinic sites, as well as surveys with lab directors to identify views and perceptions about the use of surplus cryopreserved embryos. It included a number of policy interventions to address the socio-political challenges that these embryos raise, namely that many are left in storage indefinitely, with both patients and infertility clinics concerned about the legal and ethical implications of disposal. (in collaboration with NTE Impact Ethics and Dave Snow)
CONSUMING INTIMACIES: BODIES, LABOUR, CARE, AND SOCIAL JUSTICE
Through the commercialization of body parts, fluids, tissues, and care work, there are important ways in which intimate exchanges are increasingly viewed as acts of labour. Consuming Intimacies brings together an international and interdisciplinary group of scholars and artists working on body studies, social reproduction, and the commercialization of the body. Together, these scholars are examining the concepts and practices of intimacies and corporeal exchange as they are imagined as labour, that is, as productive contributions to a market economy. (in collaboration with Andrea Doucet, Robyn Lee, Lindsey McKay, and funded by the Social Justice Research Institute at Brock University).