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Fertility Holidays: Global Journeys of Family Formation

Assistant Professor of Anthropology Amy Speier discusses her research on medical tourism as part of the Focus on Faculty series.

Millions of Americans are pouring out of the country seeking low cost medical treatments abroad, including fertility treatments such as IVF. The lower middle classes ($30,000-75,000 annual income privatized “baby business.” Recently, the Czech Republic has emerged as a central hub of fertility tourism, because it offers a plentitude of blonde-haired, blue-eyed egg donors at a fraction of the price. Fertility tourism is an economically driven “diaspora of hope” for a particular type of child (Appadurai 1996:6). Couples trying to have a child via IVF using donor eggs hope to have at least a partial biological link with their child. My presentation Fertility Holidays draws from my recently published ethnographic analysis of white, lower middle class North American motivations and experiences traveling to Central Europe for IVF using egg donation. Within this diaspora, patients are consumers, goaded by various imaginations and representations of a white Europe and an empathic health care, which is nonexistent at home.

Part of UTA Libraries ongoing Focus on Faculty Series. Focus on Faculty will be followed by a reception sponsored by The Honor Society Phi Kappa Phi. The event is free and open to the public. If you need accommodation to fully participate in this program, contact Andy Herzog at Allow sufficient time for the accommodation to be arranged.

Wednesday, March 22, 2017 at 12:00pm to 1:30pm

Central Library, Sixth floor parlor
702 Planetarium Pl., Arlington, TX

Event Type

Talks & Lectures


UTA Libraries, Focus on Faculty


Alumni, Local Community, Faculty & Staff, Students, Undergraduates


Free and open to the public

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