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Mohr, S. (2019). Affective investments into biosociality: masculinity, masturbation, and sperm donation in Denmark. In: : . Paper presented at Technosomata: Interdisciplinary Perspectives. Exeter
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Affective investments into biosociality: masculinity, masturbation, and sperm donation in Denmark
2019 (English)Conference paper, Oral presentation only (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

Bering a sperm donor is often framed as an easy job. Men only have to masturbate into acup and receive money in return, at least that’s what many people assume. Turning to theexperiences of Danish sperm donors, I argue that this conception of sperm donation asselfish pleasure and commodified practice offers only a limited understanding of what itmeans to provide semen samples for reproductive donation. While sperm donors’affective investments are most of the time taken for granted and not discussed, they areactually important to consider analytically if biosocial subjectivation—the persistentinvocation of the subject in terms of biomedical registers and biopolitical valuations—is tobe understood properly. Attending to masturbation as important in its own right, I will lookat the making of sperm donors as biosocial subjects through their affective investmentswhen producing semen samples. Based on ethnographic fieldwork at Danish spermbanks and interviews with Danish sperm donors, I will thus explore how men performatively (re)constitute their gendered and sexualised subjectivity in terms ofbiomedical registers and biopolitical valuations through masturbation.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Exeter: , 2019
Keywords
sperm donation, masculinity, sexuality, biosociality, reproductive technologies, biomedicine, gender, feminism, queer theory
National Category
Gender Studies
Research subject
Gender Studies
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:kau:diva-74425 (URN)
Conference
Technosomata: Interdisciplinary Perspectives
Available from: 2019-08-20 Created: 2019-08-20 Last updated: 2019-08-20
Mohr, S. & Henriksson, A. (2019). Immutably fluid: biographical reflections on gayness in (queer) academia. In: : . Paper presented at Gayness in Queer Times. Brighton: University of Brighton
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Immutably fluid: biographical reflections on gayness in (queer) academia
2019 (English)Conference paper, Oral presentation only (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

The term gay is often associated with a certain gender-dichotomous, liberalising paradigm. As such, it is juxtaposed to the term queer understood as open to gender and sexual fluidity, as well as critical of liberation in the name of identities. Yet the experiences of being gay in (queer) academia do not fit neatly into any of these paradigms. Based on biographical reflections on our academic trajectories as openly gay scholars in gender and queer studies, anthropology, and sociology, in this presentation we want to explore the everyday institutional politics (Ahmed 2012) of being gay in (queer) academia and the affective dissonances (Hemmings 2012) that they lay bare. Difficulties fitting into homosocial groupings of any gender as well as problematizations of gay identity in contemporary gender and queer studies speak to the inherent in-determinability of ’gayness’ and point to the normative frameworks of contemporary (queer) academia. Thus in this presentation, we will suggest to understand gayness as immutably fluid in order to investigate the onto-epistemological boundary work of contemporary (queer) academia and to explore the analytic potentials of gayness as a form of situated knowledges (Haraway 1988).

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Brighton: University of Brighton, 2019
Keywords
gay, gayness, queer, queer theory, ethnography, academia
National Category
Gender Studies
Research subject
Gender Studies
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:kau:diva-74426 (URN)
Conference
Gayness in Queer Times
Available from: 2019-08-20 Created: 2019-08-20 Last updated: 2019-08-20
Mohr, S. (2019). Inclusive Intro Programmes at Universities: Panel debate at Copenhagen Pride. Paper presented at Copenhagen Pride.
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Inclusive Intro Programmes at Universities: Panel debate at Copenhagen Pride
2019 (English)Other (Other (popular science, discussion, etc.))
Keywords
academia, inclusiveness, diversity, gender equality, university
National Category
Gender Studies
Research subject
Gender Studies
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:kau:diva-74427 (URN)
Conference
Copenhagen Pride
Available from: 2019-08-20 Created: 2019-08-20 Last updated: 2019-09-05Bibliographically approved
Mohr, S. (Ed.). (2019). Køn & Akademia. Odense: Syddansk Universitetsforlag
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Køn & Akademia
2019 (Danish)Collection (editor) (Refereed)
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Odense: Syddansk Universitetsforlag, 2019
Series
Kvinder, Køn & Forskning, ISSN 0907-6182
Keywords
gender equality, higher education, academia, university, sexual harassment, feminism, race, diversity
National Category
Gender Studies
Research subject
Gender Studies
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:kau:diva-75033 (URN)
Available from: 2019-10-03 Created: 2019-10-03 Last updated: 2019-10-03
Mohr, S., de Coninck-Smith, N. & Suárez-Krabbe, J. (2019). Køn & Akademia. Kvinder, Køn og Forskning, 3-10
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Køn & Akademia
2019 (Danish)In: Kvinder, Køn og Forskning, ISSN 0907-6182, E-ISSN 2245-6937, p. 3-10Article in journal (Other academic) Published
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Odense: Syddansk Universitetsforlag, 2019
Keywords
gender equality, higher education, academia, university, sexual harassment, feminism, race, diversity
National Category
Gender Studies
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:kau:diva-75034 (URN)10.7146/kkf.v28i1-2.116113 (DOI)
Available from: 2019-10-03 Created: 2019-10-03 Last updated: 2019-10-03
Mohr, S. (2019). The performative effects of diagnosis. In: : . Paper presented at Gender Seminar Series. Hong Kong: Chinese University of Hong Kong
Open this publication in new window or tab >>The performative effects of diagnosis
2019 (English)Conference paper, Oral presentation only (Other academic)
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Hong Kong: Chinese University of Hong Kong, 2019
Keywords
gender, sexuality, intimacy, medicalization, diagnosis, therapy
National Category
Gender Studies
Research subject
Gender Studies; Ethnology; Sociology
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:kau:diva-74800 (URN)
Conference
Gender Seminar Series
Available from: 2019-09-19 Created: 2019-09-19 Last updated: 2019-09-19
Mohr, S. (2019). The performative effects of diagnosis: military masculinity, sexuality, and intimacy among Danish war veterans. In: : . Paper presented at Familien, Beziehungen, Verwandtschaft und Kooperationen in medikalisierten Alltagen - 18. Arbeitstreffen des Netzwerkes Gesundheit und Kultur in der volkskundlichen Forschung. Göttingen
Open this publication in new window or tab >>The performative effects of diagnosis: military masculinity, sexuality, and intimacy among Danish war veterans
2019 (English)Conference paper, Oral presentation only (Other academic)
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Göttingen: , 2019
Keywords
gender, sexuality, intimacy, diagnosis, queer theory, feminism, medical sociology, medical anthropology
National Category
Gender Studies
Research subject
Gender Studies
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:kau:diva-74424 (URN)
Conference
Familien, Beziehungen, Verwandtschaft und Kooperationen in medikalisierten Alltagen - 18. Arbeitstreffen des Netzwerkes Gesundheit und Kultur in der volkskundlichen Forschung
Available from: 2019-08-20 Created: 2019-08-20 Last updated: 2019-08-20
Mohr, S. (2018). Aspiring towards reproductive masculinity: the mobility of donor semen and the regimes of intimate (im)mobility at Danish sperm banks. In: Reproductive aspirations and trajectories within movement/settlement across borders: . Paper presented at Staying, Moving, Settling - 15th Biennial Conference of the European Association of Social Anthropologists. Stockholms universitet, 14-17 Augusti, 2018. Stockholm
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Aspiring towards reproductive masculinity: the mobility of donor semen and the regimes of intimate (im)mobility at Danish sperm banks
2018 (English)In: Reproductive aspirations and trajectories within movement/settlement across borders, Stockholm, 2018Conference paper, Oral presentation with published abstract (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

While the semen of Danish sperm donors is very mobile - Danish sperm banks export donor semen globally - the donors themselves are rather immobile. In fact, for donor semen to be globally mobile health regulations restrict donors from being mobile to minimize the risk of disease transmission from sperm donor to donor semen recipient. Regulations, for example, mark certain regions and countries as unsafe due to calculated possibilities of contracting sexually transmitted diseases or other illnesses when travelling there. In addition, the global mobility of donor semen relies on the intimate immobility of sperm donors as they are asked to restrict themselves sexually - both in terms of the number of potential partners as well as the frequency of sexual contacts. Living up to this regime of intimate (im)mobility in order to secure the global mobility of donor semen, sperm donors continuously (re)construct themselves in terms of reproductive masculinity, that is, ways of being men that aspire to biomedically accountable and biopolitically responsible modes of reproduction. This presentation will explore the making of reproductive masculinity by giving an ethnographic account of how regimes of intimate (im)mobility at Danish sperm banks lead men to aspire to the norms and logics of contemporary reproductive biomedicine. Based on interviews with sperm donors in Denmark and participant observation at Danish sperm banks, this presentation gives insights into how reproductive politics and governance become part of sperm donors' ways of being men through regimes of intimate (im)mobility.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Stockholm: , 2018
Keywords
reproductive technologies, masculinity, gender, sexuality, intimacy, biomedicine, sperm donation
National Category
Gender Studies
Research subject
Gender Studies; Gender Studies
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:kau:diva-68984 (URN)10.22582/easa2018prg (DOI)
Conference
Staying, Moving, Settling - 15th Biennial Conference of the European Association of Social Anthropologists. Stockholms universitet, 14-17 Augusti, 2018
Available from: 2018-09-04 Created: 2018-09-04 Last updated: 2019-03-21Bibliographically approved
Mohr, S. (2018). Being a Sperm Donor: Masculinity, Sexuality, and Biosociality in Denmark (1ed.). New York, Oxford: Berghahn Books
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Being a Sperm Donor: Masculinity, Sexuality, and Biosociality in Denmark
2018 (English)Book (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

What does it mean to be a man in our biomedical day and age? Through ethnographic explorations of the everyday lives of Danish sperm donors, Being a Sperm Donor explores how masculinity and sexuality are reconfigured in a time in which the norms and logics of (reproductive) biomedicine have become ordinary. It investigates men’s moral reasoning regarding donation, their handling of transgressive experiences at the sperm bank, and their negotiations of gender, sexuality, intimacy, and relatedness, showing how the socio-cultural and political dimensions of (reproductive) biomedicine become intertwined with men’s intimate sense of self.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
New York, Oxford: Berghahn Books, 2018. p. 198 Edition: 1
Keywords
biomedicine, gender, sexuality, masculinity, reproductive technologies, biopolitics, health, sperm donation, donor insemination
National Category
Gender Studies
Research subject
Gender Studies
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:kau:diva-68983 (URN)978-1-78533-946-2 (ISBN)978-1-78533-947-9 (ISBN)
Available from: 2018-09-04 Created: 2018-09-04 Last updated: 2018-09-11Bibliographically approved
Mohr, S. & Olsson, L. (2018). (Dis)Closing relations: Swedish and Danish sperm donors’ moral responsibilities of biosocial relatedness. In: : . Paper presented at Close relations: a multi- and interdisciplinary conference on critical family and kinship studies. Uppsala
Open this publication in new window or tab >>(Dis)Closing relations: Swedish and Danish sperm donors’ moral responsibilities of biosocial relatedness
2018 (English)Conference paper, Oral presentation with published abstract (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

Sperm donors live in and move through what could be called biosocial kinship trouble. On the one hand, they contribute to the conception of new life with their semen samples and are therefore genetically connected to individuals conceived with the help of these samples, connections understood as morally significant by the dominant kinship discourse in Western Europe. On the other hand, they are not viewed as fathers and therefore also positioned as not having any moral responsibilities for donor-conceived individuals by the organizational and legal contexts that regulate their partaking in sperm donation. By definition, sperm donors are thus left to figuring out themselves the complexities of relatedness in a time in which the logics and politics of reproductive biomedicine have become normalcy. In this presentation, we explore how sperm donors negotiate the moral responsibilities of being connected with and relating to people through the use of sperm donation and donor insemination. Based on interviews with sperm donors in Sweden and Denmark, we will look at how donors determine what kinds of moral responsibilities come with being a sperm donor. We will ask how these responsibilities relate to donors’ connections to donor semen recipients, donor-conceived individuals, donors’ own families and loved ones, and, not least, the different biographical, legal, and organizational contexts donors find themselves in. Exploring sperm donors’ moral responsibilities in this way, the presentation thus offers insights into the formation and materialization of relatedness in times of biosociality.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Uppsala: , 2018
Keywords
sperm donation, sperm donors, Sweden, Denmark, relatedness, kinship, anonymity
National Category
Gender Studies
Research subject
Gender Studies
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:kau:diva-69961 (URN)
Conference
Close relations: a multi- and interdisciplinary conference on critical family and kinship studies
Available from: 2018-10-26 Created: 2018-10-26 Last updated: 2019-04-25Bibliographically approved
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