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Boundaries, Bodies, Borders: The Global Exchange of Human Body Parts


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05 May 2017, 10:00-16:30
University of Leeds, Social Sciences Building, Rooms 12.21-12.25

Call for Abstracts

The global movement of donated human body parts (e.g. blood, embryos, organs, sperm, oocytes) have gained increasing academic attention. A large part of these accounts express concerns regarding unequal power relationships between countries and between the parties engaged in medically-related relationships (recipients, medical staff and medical facilites, provides of organs, tissues or cells, etc.)

We wish to invite postgraduate students and early career researchers to explore the processes of meaning making in relation to body parts exhanges, and think about the following questions:

  • How do understandings of various technical procedures, bodies, and body parts, and relationships (such as exchange relationships) emerge?
  • Who does participate in framing them?
  • How do these understandings direct the flows of body parts across borders?

We welcome contributions that analyse how different actors delineate the boundaries between science, ethics, law and other types of authority as part of their valuation performance, and how they manage uncertainty and risk in the process.

Abstract submission

Please send abstracts (150-250 word) to ssag@leeds.ac.uk by 17 March 2017. There will be two types of presentations: a 15-minute presentation, and a Pecha Kucha presentation. Participants can mention in the abstract email which presentation they prefer, otherwise they will be allocated during the review process.

The event will be chaired by Dr Ana Manzano (University of Leeds)


  • Professor Ruth Holliday (University of Leeds), Medical Mobilities: Economies and Ethics
  • Dr Sean Columb (Liverpool Law School), Organ Markets and Exploitation: Assessing the Impact of Crime and Immigration Controls in the Egyptian-Sudanese Context
  • Dr Mark Monaghan (Loughborough University), Conceptualising Crime, Evidence, and Immorality
  • Dr Greg Moorlock (University of Warwick), Beauty Contests and Directed Altruistic Donation
  • Alexandra Gruian (University of Leeds), Ova Flows in Romania: Definitions, Legitimacy, Legality

Registration Fees

BSA Members: £10
Non-members: £25

We offer five bursaries for postgraduate students. Fee includes lunch and refreshments.

To register, click here.

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