Vortrag im Rahmen der Bürgeruniversität der Heinrich Heine Universität

am 5. November 2019, 18:00, Ort: Haus der Universität

Moderation: Prof. Dr. Andrea Germer, Heinrich Heine Universität



‚Louise Brown, Baby Durga and Google Baby: Four Decades of IVF and Assisted Reproduction‘



Prof. Dr. Vera Mackie

Senior Professor of Asian and International Studies, University of Wollongong

DAAD Visiting Professor of Japanese Studies, Heinrich Heine University


It is now four decades since the first babies were born after conception through in vitro fertilisation (IVF) – Louise Brown in the United Kingdom and Kanupriya Agarwal (‚Baby Durga‘) in India. Assisted Reproduction is now a global industry, involving the movement of genetic material, embryos, babies, commissioning parents, gestational surrogate mothers, medical practitioners and capital across the globe. In this lecture I explore the ethical dilemmas raised by the global assisted reproduction industry through the stories of some of the babies born through these practices.




VERA MACKIE is Senior Professor of Asian and International Studies at the University of Wollongong (UOW), Director of the Centre for Critical Human Rights Research at UOW and DAAD Visiting Professor in Japanese Studies at Heinrich Heine University. Her publications include The Reproductive Industry: Intimate Experiences and Global Processes (Lexington 2019, co-edited with Nicola Marks and Sarah Ferber); Remembering Women’s Activism (Routledge 2019, co-authored with Sharon Crozier-De Rosa); The Social Sciences in the Asian Century (ANU Press 2015, co-edited with Carol Johnson and Tessa Morris-Suzuki); Ways of Knowing about Human Rights in Asia (Routledge 2015); The Routledge Handbook of Sexuality Studies in East Asia (Routledge 2015, co-edited with Mark McLelland); Gender, Nation and State in Modern Japan (Routledge 2014, co-edited with Andrea Germer and Ulrike Wöhr); Feminism in Modern Japan: Citizenship, Embodiment and Sexuality (Cambridge 2003); Gurōbaruka to Jendā Hyōshō [Globalisation and Representations of Gender] (Ochanomizu Shobō 2003); Human Rights and Gender Politics: Asia–Pacific Perspectives (Routledge 2000, co-edited with Anne-Marie Hilsdon, Martha Macintyre and Maila Stivens); Creating Socialist Women in Japan: Gender, Labour and Activism, 1900–1937 (Cambridge 1997).


Prof. Dr. Andrea Germer

Lehrstuhl Modernes Japan I

Chair of Modern Japanese Studies I