Techno-Maternity: Rethinking the Possibilities of Reproductive Technologies


  • Nadia Mahjouri University of Tasmania


reproductive technology, corporeal feminism, techno-maternity, commodification, pregnancy, motherhood


In this article, corporeal feminism is utilised as a tool to uncover the maternal bodies produced when reproductive technology meets pregnant flesh. Moving from the premise that bodies are not inert or stable entities but rather are constantly being produced and reproduced through their interaction with their environment, I highlight three of the many bodies that arise in techno-maternity. The body ââ¬Ëat riskââ¬â¢, the ââ¬Ëin/visibleââ¬â¢ body and the ââ¬Ëcommodified bodyââ¬â¢ are all discussed in order to reread both the possibilities and the problematics of reproduction in a technological age, and to complicate the staid feminist narrative of reproductive technology as either ââ¬Ëliberatingââ¬â¢ or ââ¬Ëoppressiveââ¬â¢.

Author Biography

Nadia Mahjouri, University of Tasmania

Nadia Mahjouri is currently a PhD candidate in the School of Philosophy at the University of Tasmania, Hobart, Australia. Her doctoral thesis addresses 'hybrid' or 'multiracial' identity politics and investigates the disjunctions between racial, national and diasporic identification. Further, she is also writing on corporeal feminism and the critique of science and technology. She is currently teaching Bioethics at the University of Tasmania.