Repro-flows in Europe, North Africa and Latin America: people’s and gametes’ mobilities in the fragmented context of trans-national regulation of assisted reproduction and adoption.

The increase in trips in search of reproductive services has come hand in hand with the internationalization of health services, creating global “centers” of reproductive services. Reproductive mobilities: (a) are deeply intertwined with local reproductive policies, service availability, and the intimate (in)mobilities of reproductive actors; and (b) are dependent on material and immaterial resources (such as, for example, information, support, finances, social network, or citizenship status). Structural and individual socioeconomic factors produce unequal stratification of social groups and multiple embodied experiences of reproductive journeys; aggravated factors in the current covid-19 pandemic. Subproject 1 intersectionally analyzes multiple dimensions in cross-border reproductive travel from a feminist and ethnographic perspective: the inequalities (re)produced in the process of reproductive travel; the legal limitations on abortion that force women to seek it in other legal contexts; cross-border travel to seek access to ART; and the search for biogenetic origins. The analysis considers multiple intersectional axes: gender, social class, race/ethnicity, disability/ability, and gender/sexuality. The project interviews people from these intersectional categories to understand the material and subjective experience of reproductive journeys.

Subproject 1 continues the previous R&D Retos project (2016-19) that intersectionally compared contemporary family configurations (adoption, assisted reproduction, surrogacy and sexual reproduction), research that revealed the geopolitical conformation of reproductive practices . In particular, subproject 1 explores: European, North American, South American and North African reproductive voyages; the subjective and material journeys of people with disabilities seeking reproductive health and motherhood in Spain; reproductive decision-making and intra-country and cross-border travel of LGBTI+ people; transboundary flows of gametes; trips of adoptees (countries in Latin America, Eastern Europe, Asia and Africa) and people born from the anonymous donation of gametes (Spain) in search of their biogenetic origins; family and professional narratives involved in reproductive journeys; public and private reproductive governance in global reproductive centers (Spain, Tunisia, Mexico and Argentina); and legal frameworks that shape the reproductive possibilities and experiences of people seeking biogenetic origins.


Bruna Álvarez

Consuelo Álvarez

Giulia Colavolpe

Alexandra Desy

María del Valle Medina

Paola Galbany

Rosana Machin

Estel Malgosa

Vanessa Mantilla

Diana Marre

Lynne McIntyre

Marisela Montenegro

Joan Pujol

María José Rodríguez Jaume

Irene Salvo Agoglia

Beatriz San Román

Laura Sanmiquel Molinero

Lucía Ariza

Chandra Kala Clemente Martínez

Hugo Gaggiotti

Miguel Gaggiotti

Sofía Gaggiotti-Marre

Soledad Gesteira

Aranzazu Gallego Molinero

Lucas Platero

Marc A. Puig

Maria Romeu

Natacha Salomé Lima

María Ángeles Saz Roy

Marcin Smietana

Gloria Tort Nasarre

Carla Villalta

Giulia Zanini