ANINDITA MAJUMDAR

My areas of interest are Kinship, Science, Technology and Society Studies, Medical Anthropology, Reproduction, Masculinities and Gender and Sexuality. I have been researching on reproduction and reproductive technologies for close to seven years now. My ongoing research is on assisted reproductive technologies such as IVF and commercial surrogacy. Currently, I am interested in exploring the linkages between ageing and IVF, as well as male infertility.

I was conferred with the 'Distinction in Doctoral Research Award' by the Indian Institute of Technology-Delhi for my doctoral thesis on ‘Kinship and Relatedness in Commercial Gestational Surrogacy in India’ for the year 2014-15.

Recent publications include Transnational Commercial Surrogacy and the (Un)Making of Kin in India (Oxford University Press, 2017), and the Oxford India Short Introductions: Surrogacy (Oxford University Press, 2019)


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

(Oxford University Press, 2017)

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 Introduction: 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.