Marcia C. Inhorn, PhD, MPH, is the William K. Lanman Jr. Professor of Anthropology and International Affairs in the Department of Anthropology and The Whitney and Betty MacMillan Center for International and Area Studies at Yale University. She is the founding editor of the Journal of Middle East Women’s Studies (JMEWS) and has served as director of the Council on Middle East Studies at Yale (2008-2011) and the Center for Middle Eastern and North African Studies at the University of Michigan (2004-2006). She is one of several medical anthropologists in Yale’s Department of Anthropology and is co-coordinator of MASH (Medical Anthropology, Sociology, and History) at Yale. A specialist on Middle Eastern gender and health issues, Inhorn has conducted research on the social impact of infertility and assisted reproductive technologies in Egypt, Lebanon, the United Arab Emirates, and Arab America over the past 30 years.
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Cosmopolitan Conceptions: IVF Sojourns in Global Dubai, Duke University Press, August 2015.
Dubai is an emergent global city and a new medical tourism hub. This book explores the reproductive travel of infertile couples seeking assisted conception in Dubai’s in vitro fertilization (IVF) sector. Conceive, the cosmopolitan clinic featured in this volume, delivers high-quality, patient-centered IVF across national, ethnic, religious, linguistic and cultural boundaries to its many incoming travelers. Yet, cosmopolitan clinics such as Conceive are rare within the global landscape of IVF. Reproductive travelers are often fleeing home countries where IVF services are absent, inaccessible, illegal, or harmful. Cosmopolitan Conceptions challenges the term “reproductive tourism” as the appropriate descriptor for IVF-related travel across national and international borders. Instead, “reprotravel”—the term used throughout this book—is usually driven by numerous arenas of constraint, including the absence of IVF clinics in some countries; legal and religious bans on donor eggs, sperm, embryos, and surrogacy; poor-quality IVF services resulting in reproductive harm; and a variety of social and cultural barriers, including lack of medical privacy and patient support. In the new millennium, thousands of infertile couples are traveling from parts of Africa, Asia, Euro-America, and the Middle East to Dubai in desperate quests for conception. As an emerging global “reprohub,” Dubai sits squarely in the center of a “reproscape”—a world of assisted reproduction in motion—characterized by new “reproflows” of actors, technologies, and body parts. The increasing global magnitude of these reproductive mobilities suggests the need for new forms of 21st-century activism. These include prevention of the preventable forms of infertility; development of new pathways to parenthood and support for the infertile; and the provision of safe, low-cost IVF, particularly in the Global South.
JMEWS Book Award
The New Arab Man won the 2014 JMEWS Book Award
The Journal of Middle East Women’s Studies is pleased to announce that Marcia C. Inhorn’s The New Arab Man: Emergent Masculinities, Technologies, and Islam in the Middle East is the winner of the 2014 JMEWS Book Award. As the award committee noted, “This marvelous ethnography is exemplary in its theoretical, empirical, and methodological approach to and exploration of the complex issues of infertility, gender, religion, and power in Arab societies. The book’s true strength lies in Inhorn’s meticulous analysis, using the lens of infertility, to illuminate the fundamental changes taking place in the institutions such as family, marriage, and kinship, which underpin society and which, in turn, are transforming the younger generation of the Arab men and women. Moreover, with moral courage, Inhorn challenges current stereotypes of Middle Eastern manhood, masculinity, and patriarchy and redefines the shape and meaning of manhood, family, and relationships.”
The Journal of Middle East Women’s Studies Book Award has been established by the Association for Middle East Women’s Studies to recognize and promote excellence in the fields of Middle East women’s or gender studies, broadly defined. It is given to an author whose work is judged to provide the year’s most significant and potentially influential contribution to Middle East women’s or gender studies. The 2014 award is sponsored by Yale University’s MacMillan Center for International and Area Studies and Council on Middle East Studies.
Marcia C. Inhorn also received 2014 AMEWS/JMEWS Distinguished Scholarly Service Award for leadership as two-term editor and founding editor of the Journal of Middle East Women’s Studies (JMEWS).