ANINDITA MAJUMDAR

Anindita Majumdar has been researching on commercial surrogacy, kinship and infertility since 2010. Her book based on her ethnographic research was published in 2017 by Oxford University Press, and is titled Transnational Commercial Surrogacy and the (Un)Making of Kin in India. The book was based on her doctoral research, and was awarded the ‘Distinction in Doctoral Research Award’ in 2016 by the Indian Institute of Technology Delhi. The monograph was also shortlisted for the Bloomsbury LSE Social Anthropology Monograph Award 2016. Anindita was recently invited to contribute to the Oxford India Short Introductions Series on Surrogacy, which was published in 2019. She is currently researching and writing on the linkages between ageing and assisted reproductive technologies in India: including fieldwork in North India amongst post-menopausal couples who became pregnant through the use of assisted reproductive technologies. The research has been supported with a generous grant from Wellcome UK, along with a parallel research on the biological clock and infertility treatment in South India supported by the Indian Council for Social Science Research (ICSSR). Anindita is also completing fieldwork on reproductive slavery and reproductive justice in the context of commercial surrogacy as part of a collaborative research project with University of Stockholm and Uppsala, funded by the Swedish Research Council.

Anindita is external member of Centre for Cultures of Reproduction, Technology and Health (CORTH) at the University of Sussex; and was recently invited to join the international Advisory Board of Medicine Anthropology Theory (MAT). She has also been a visiting fellow at the Reproductive Sociology Group (ReproSoc), Department of Sociology, University of Cambridge (2019), and at the Department of Gender Studies, University of Lund, Sweden (2016).

Transnational Commercial Surrogacy and the (Un)Making of Kin in India

(Oxford University Press, 2017)

(Manuscript shortlisted for the LSE-Bloomsbury Monographs on Social Anthropology Award, 2016.)

In this book, Majumdar draws from a context that is enmeshed in the local–global politics of reproduction, including the ways in which the transnational commercial surrogacy arrangement has led to an on-going debate regarding ethics and morality in the sphere of reproductive rights. In weaving together the diverse, often conflicting experiences of individuals and families, the transnational commercial surrogacy arrangement comes alive as a process mirroring larger societal anxieties with reference to technological interventions in intimate relationships. It is these anxieties, dilemmas, and their negotiations to which the book is addressed.

Oxford India Short Introductions: Surrogacy

(Oxford University Press, 2019)

This book focuses on the relationship between surrogacy and issues of reproduction, kinship, women’s bodies, assisted reproductive technologies, and transnational reproductive tourism. At the same time it places surrogacy in the context of mythology, popular imagination, and legal and public discourses. In exploring the differences between various forms of surrogacy—commercial and altruistic, genetic and gestational, domestic and transnational—the book seeks to move beyond these opposing dualities and begin a dialogue regarding the practice.

Ongoing Work:

Fifth Annual Lecture, Reproductive Sociology Group, University of Cambridge, 5 December 2019

'Whose Biological Clock? Temporal Inevitability and Assisted Reproduction in Contemporary India'