Dr Michal Nahman

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About me

I am an anthropologist working at the crossroads of medical and political anthropology. Prior to coming to UWE I was a Lecturer in Sociology at Lancaster University. I have been a Visiting Senior Research Fellow at the BIOS centre at the London School of Economics (2010-2011), and am currently an affiliated scholar of the Cambridge Reproduction Study Group. I've published one full length ethnographic monograph entitled, Extractions: An Ethnography of Reproductive Tourism (Palgrave, 2013), which is now out in paperback. I have been an invited panelist on BBC Radio 4's Thinking Allowed programme and my work has informed the Nuffield Foundation's work on donor conception and anonymity.​

​I am currently working on an ethnographic research project entitled ReproMigrants, examining the experiences of egg donors across borders.

My research has focused mainly on transnational human egg donation, specifically my ethnographic study centred on 'traffic' in ova between Israel/Palestine and Romania. It looked at the ways in which political, economic and global forces shaped and were shaped by practices of cross border reproductive care. That research was generously funded by the Wenner Gren Foundation for Anthropological Research and the Social Science and humanities Research Council of Canada.



I have more recently taken up visual social methods, and produced a documentary film entitled, Atomised Mothers: A Film about Isolation, 'Austerity' and the politics of parenting (www.atomisedmothers.wordpress.com)


I'm happy to supervise doctoral research on topics of reproductive technologies and reproduction, nationalism, race and racism, migration and trafficking. I encourage innovative approaches to social research.


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