Transnational Reproduction on Screen

A number of documentary films such as ‘Google Baby’ (2009), ‘Can we see the baby bump, please?’ (2012) or ‘House of Surrogates’ (2013) have clearly functioned as a starting and major reference point for the debate about the complex issue of assisted reproductive medicine and transnational surrogacy in India. However, not much attention has been paid to the existing body of documentary films, especially with regard to intertextual references and reiterations which have added to the establishment of more or less ‘standardized’ stories and visual representations. This lecture argued for the need to pay more attention to the specific situatedness of documentary films as it forms the basis of our quest for more knowledge and understanding the transnational entanglements in the field of assisted reproductive technologies.

Nadja-Christina Schneider is Professor in Gender and Media Studies for the South Asian Region at Humboldt University, Berlin. Her areas of interest include Area Media Studies, Gender and Mobility Studies and Urban Studies. She is currently preparing a book on the visualization of new reproductive technologies and changing family constellations in fictional and documentary films.

Her recent publications include Studying Youth, Media and Gender in Post-Liberalisation India: Focus on and beyond the ‘Delhi Gang Rape’ (co-edited with Fritzi-Marie Titzmann) and New Media Configurations and Socio-Cultural Dynamics in Asia and the Arab World (co-edited with Carola Richter).

Ravi Vasudevan is Professor at the Centre for the Study of Developing Societies.

Tuesday, 17 October 2017
5 pm, CSDS Seminar Room