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Dr. Maren Klotz

Egenis Research Student - completed

Qualifications

BA, MSc, PhD

Telephone

+49-[0]30-20933723

Fax

+49[0]30-20933726

Email

maren.klotz@staff.hu-berlin.de

Biography

Maren currently works as a postdoc-researcher and course-coordinator at the Department for European Ethnology of the Humboldt University Berlin in Germany. She passed her thesis-defence with summa cum laude in a Cotutelle Agreement between Exeter (Dr Christine Hauskeller) and Berlin (Prof Stefan Beck). Her current research interests include anthropological kinship studies, science communication, science and technology studies, medical anthropology and human-environment interaction.

Publications

Edited Books

Knecht, M., Klotz, M. and Beck, S. (Eds), Reproductive Technologies as Global Form. Ethnographies of Knowledge, Practices, and Transnational Encounters, 2012, Campus/University of Chicago Press.

Beck, S., Klots M. et al. (Eds), Verwandtschaft machen. Reproduktionsmedizin und Adoption in Deutschland und der Türkei [Doing Kinship. Reproductive Medicine and Adoption in Germany and Turkey], 2007, Lit, Berlin.

Book Chapters

Klotz, M. and Knecht, M., "Wissenswege lokal - global: Zur Ethnographie von Wissenspraxen und Regulierungsformen im Umgang mit Reproduktionstechnologien" [Knowledge passages local - global: ethnographies of knowledge practices and forms of regulation of reproductive technologies], in: Windmüller, S. (Ed.), Zum Profil einer volkskundlichen Kulturwissenschaft, Hamburg, in press.

Klotz, M., "Verwandtschaft wissen. Familiäres und regulatives 'Wissensmanagement' im Bereich assistierter Reproduktion". [Knowing your kin. Familial and regulatory 'knowledge management' in the domain of assisted conception], in: Simon, M. (ed.), Bilder, Bücher, Bytes - Zur Medialität des Alltags. (Mainzer Beiträge zur Kulturanthropologie/Volkskunde). Münster, in press.

Klotz, M., 'Making Connections: Reflecting on Trains, Kinship and Information Technologies', in: Knecht, M., Klotz, M. and Beck,S., (eds.), Reproductive Technologies as Global Form. Ethnographies of Knowledge, Practices, and Transnati-onal Encounters, 2012, Campus/Univ. of Chicago Press, Frankfurt.

Klotz M. and Knecht, M. 'What is Europeanization in the Field of Assisted Reproductive Technologies?', in: Knecht, M., Klotz, M. and Beck, S., (eds.), Reproductive Technologies as Global Form. Ethnographies of Knowledge, Practices, and Transnational Encounters, 2012, Campus/Univ. of Chicago Press, Frankfurt.

Journal articles

Klotz, M. "Wissensmanagement bei Keimzellspende" [Knowledge Management during gamete donation] (2011). Journal für Reproduktionsmedizin und Endokrinologie 8 (1).

Knecht, M. and Klotz, M. et al. "Erweiterte Fallstudien zu Verwandtschaft und Reproduktionstechnologien. Potenziale einer Ethnographie von Normalisierungsprozessen." [Extended Case Studies about kinship and reproductive technologies. Potentials of an ethnography of normalisation-processes] Zeitschrift für Volkskunde 107/4, 2011

Klotz, M., "Samenspende: Lost in Translation". [Spermdonation: Lost in Translation] GID Gen-ethterminischer Informationsdienst 190, pp 29-32.

Klotz, M., "Doing Kinship in British Parliament: Selfish parents - disruptive children?" Berliner Blätter - Ethnographische und Ethnologische Beiträge 42, 2007.

Klotz, M., "Globalverwandtschaft. Im Gespräch mit Edith Hufnagel, Adoptivmutter und Vorstandsmitglied der Auslandsadoptionsvermittlungsstelle 'Eltern-Kind-Brücke'" [Global Kinship - interview on transnational adoption] Berliner Blätter - Ethnographische und Ethnologische Beiträge 42, 2007.

Klotz, M., "Auf der Autobahn - Ein Technikdiskurs zwischen Volksgesicht und Reichsautobahn" [On the motorway - A discourse on technology between Volksgesicht and Reichsautobahn] Berliner Blätter - Ethnographische und Ethnologische Beiträge 36, 2005.

Conference Proceedings

Klotz, M. and Knecht, M., "Wissenswege lokal - global: Zur Ethnographie von Wissenspraxen und Regulierungsformen im Umgang mit Reproduktionstechnologien" [Knowledge passages local - global: ethnographies of knowledge practices and forms of regulation of reproductive technologies]. In: Windmüller, S. (Ed.), Zum Profil einer volkskundlichen Kulturwissenschaft, Hamburg, in press.

Klotz, M., "Verwandtschaft wissen. Familiäres und regulatives 'Wissensmanagement' im Bereich assistierter Reproduktion". [Knowing your kin. Familial and regulatory 'knowledge management' in the domain of assisted conception] In: Simon, M. (Ed.), Bilder, Bücher, Bytes - Zur Medialität des Alltags. (Mainzer Beiträge zur Kulturanthropologie/Volkskunde). Münster, in press.

Conference Reports

"The Genetics and Identity Politics of Parenthood and Family: We are family? - 19-20 February at Genomics Forum, The University of Edinburgh.

Begegnungsräume - Encounters of representations with Susann Baller and Heike Bock, AHF Informationen 11-12 January 2006.

Selected Presentations

(with Stefan Beck) 'Ordering the Social: Extended Case Studies and the Ethnography of Persistence and Change', Opening lecture of the workshop “Ordering the Social – Producing Change: New Ethnographies of Turkey in Transformation”, 24 June 2011.

(with Michi Knecht) 'Wissenswege lokal-global: Zur Ethnographie von Wissenspraxen und Regulierungsformen im Umgang mitReproduktionstechnologien' [Knowledge-pathways locally-globally: About the Ethnography of Knowledge Practices and Regulation of Reproductive Technologies], Annual Conference of the DFG – German Association for European Ethnology and Folklore Studies:"Kultur-Forschung. Zum Profil einer volkskundlichenKulturwissenschaft", 26–28 September 2008, Universität Hamburg.

"If the kids are united...Reproductive unit research in four actor human/human and human/non-human groups", 4S/EASST meeting, Rotterdam. Panel: The Science Fiction of Science Studies (organised by Dr. Michael Guggenheim), 2 September 2008.

"Verwandtschaft wissen. Familiäres und regulatives "Wissensmanagement" im Bereich assistierter Reproduktion", DGV conference "Bilder, Bücher, Bytes" Mainz, 24 September 2007.

(with Nevim Cil) "Verwandtschaftskulturen in der reproduktionstechnologischen Alltagspraxis Türkei - Deutschland" [Kinship cultures and reproductive technologies in everyday life in Turkey and Germany], Cultural Studies of Technologies, University of Hamburg, 1 June 2007.

"Kinship and Gamete Donor Anonymity in British Parliament", Governing Genomics conference, Egenis, University of Exeter, 26 January 2007.

"Hello Daddy! - The construction of gamete donors and their kin-relations in UK regulatory discourse on donor anonymity", Science and Technology in Society Postgraduate-Conference, Washington DC, American Association for the Advancement of Science, George Mason and Virginia Tech University, 22 April 2006.

Courses Taught as Main Instructor at Humboldt University

2012/2013: Introduction to Ethnological Research Methods

2012: Of Bloodlines, Chosen Families and ‘Designer-Babies’: Spotlights on the Study of Kinship ‘at home’

2010/2011: Introduction to Ethnological Research Methods

2011: Reading Contemporary Ethnographies: Ethnography as Representation and Method (Co-Teaching with Dr. Michi Knecht and Nurhak Polat)

2009/2010: Introduction to Ethnological Research Methods

2009 Introduction to the New Kinship Studies in Anthropology

2008/2009 Introduction to Ethnological Research Methods

2008 Markets, Values, Reforms: What Does Anthropology Have to Say About Neoliberalism? (Co-Teaching with Tom Mathar)

2007 Anthropological Perspectives on Infertility in Turkey and Germany (Co-Teaching with Dr. Nevim Cil)

Research Interests

Maren’s PhD study, ', is an ethnographic exploration of [k]information with the help of donated ova or sperm. Taking inspiration from Marilyn Strathern’s postulate that kinship-knowledge should be viewed as constitutive information, the exploration centres on how kinship-by-donation is constituted within knowledge-management: the negotiation of which aspects of kinship-knowledge are validated, which are drawn on in various practices, made accessible or inaccessible, foregrounded or silenced.

Openness about gamete (ie sperm or egg) donation and the explicit regulation of donor-anonymity or non-anonymity are mostly phenomena of the last 25 years. They present themselves both as a kind of ‘laboratory” within which to observe, describe and analyse (new) kinship practices and as a ‘realpolitikal’ problem for medical institutions and governmental regulators. In its focus, the dissertation thus makes a comparative contribution to the empirical and theoretical analysis of kin-formation and social change in plural late-modern societies in Europe.

The thesis focuses on four different - but entangled - domains: families, clinics, regulation, and concerned group activism. Empirically, it draws on ethnographic fieldwork (interviews, observations, collection of textual materials) involving a small sample of affected families, grown up children-by-donation, medical-, concerned-group-, and regulatory-experts, sperm banks and fertility clinics. Theoretically, it takes on board not only contemporary kinship studies and the anthropology of knowledge, but also selectively draws on science and technology studies’ focus on the role of infrastructures and materialities. The research was carried out in Germany and contrasted with fieldwork in Britain, where institutional practices of ‘kinship knowledge-management’ differ significantly.

The research demonstrates a contemporary re-negotiation of the values of privacy, information-sharing, and connectedness. Instead of an unambiguously discernible ‘geneticisation’ the findings on donor-non-anonymity and parental openness display a pattern of ‘transparentisation’. In ensemble a shift of authority becomes evident, more minute in Germany than in Britain, towards concerned groups, parents-by-donation, and policy-makers, away from a sometimes high handed reproductive medical profession.