PD Dr. Michi Knecht

PD Dr. Michi Knecht (Humboldt University Berlin)

Michi Knecht is a member of the Steering Committee of the Working Group Medical Diversity at the MPI. She is a researcher and lecturer at the Department of European Ethnology, Humboldt University at Berlin and a member of the executive board of the Collaboratory Social Anthropology and Life Sciences [http://www.csal.de].

Currently she works as principle investigator in the comparative research project “Kinship as Representation of Social Order and Practice in the Context of Social and Technological Change”, in Istanbul and Berlin, which is part of the collaborative research cluster SFB 640, Representations of Changing Social Order Intertemporal and Intercultural Comparisons at the Humboldt University Berlin

Furthermore she is a co-founder of the Research Network Economies of Reproduction.

Michi’s main areas of research and publication address reflexive medicalization, the anthropology of reproductive technologies, new kinship, economies of reproduction, Christian fundamentalist movements and poverty.



Her recent publications include:

(2011) IVF as Global Form. Ethnographic Knowledge, Practices and Transnational Encounters. Campus in Coop. With Chicago University Press.

 (2010) Samenbanken Samenspender. Ethnographische und historische Perspektiven auf Männlichkeiten in der Reproduktionsmedizin [Sperm Banks Sperm Donors. Ethnographic and Historiographic Perspectives on Maleness in Reproductive Medicine] (Ed. with Heinitz, Burghardt und Mohr) LITVerlag.

 (2008) Religion and Its Other: Secular and Sacral Concepts and Practices in Interaction. (Ed. with Feuchter and Bock) Campus Publishers and Chicago University Press.

(2008) Reproduktionstechnologien und die Biomedikalisierung von Verwandtschaft” [Reproductive Technologies and the Biomedicalization of Kinship] Das Argument 275.