Good news that my paper Feminist spaces and digital methodologies: Mapping the issue of reproductive technologies as a social controversy (such a long title!), has been accepted for the FWSA’s 2013 conference ‘The Lady Doth Protest: Mapping Feminist Movements, Moments and Mobilisations’, 21st – 23rd June 2013 (FWSA is the Feminist and Women’s Studies Association, UK & Ireland).
This paper maps debates around reproductive technologies and commercialisation which evolved in the global public sphere after the 2011 consultation on egg donation. The consultation was launched by the UK Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA) and concerned, amongst other issues, the review of payment for egg donors for IVF. This is primarily a digital issue-netwok mapping (of a social controversy online), including key policy and feminist iterations from campaigns, the news, weblogs and academic papers. The paper also reflects on digital issue mapping as a methodological choice for researching feminist spaces and interventions.
Keywords: reproductive technologies, commercialisation, digital mapping, egg donation, social controversy