Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Hyderabad has hosted an international workshop on ‘Reframing the Biological Clock’ as part of a project funded under Wellcome Foundation UK Small Projects Grant for 2018.
Researchers from the Institute are working on a pilot research looking at the how age and ageing are conceptualized in assisted reproduction. Principal Investigator Dr. Anindita Majumdar, Assistant Professor, Department of Liberal Arts, IIT Hyderabad, is researching ageing and IVF (In vitro fertilization) in rural North India where she interviewed couples above a certain age regarding their experiences with IVF and birthing children. The outcomes from the field research were presented at ‘Remaking Reproduction’ Conference at Reproductive Sociology Group, University of Cambridge, U.K., in June 2018, and European Conference on South Asian Studies, Paris, in July 2018.
The Department of Liberal Arts, IIT Hyderabad, coordinated the workshop, held on 17th and 18th August 2018 and brought together a set of scholars exploring the dynamics of aging and reproduction through the lens of egg freezing, menopause, male infertility and sex ratio deficit.
Addressing the workshop, the Chief Guest Prof. Ravinder Kaur, Department of Humanities and Social Sciences, IIT Delhi, said, “This was a great conference, and extremely topical. Engaging with new reproductive technologies, this conference brought together papers that are looking at its relationship with kinship and the family. Some of the conversations here were futuristic, engaging with issues that are going to become relevant as we forge ahead, such as egg freezing. But, most importantly, this conference brought together voices from different parts of the world and from within India, giving us a comparative perspective on the issue of aging and reproduction.”
The outcomes from the workshop include:
- Proposed Journal Special issue bringing together ongoing and established research
- Proposed Joint research engagements with epidemiologists and social scientists on questions of environmental toxicity and bodily changes
- Conversations on the need to understand the linkages between aging and a socio-cultural body clock.