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Stine Willum Adrian is an Associate Professor in Techno-Anthropology at Aalborg University, Denmark. She is trained as a sociologist and holds a PhD in feminist STS and cultural analysis from the Department of Gender Studies, Linköping University, Sweden. Adrian’s work has always been interdisciplinary joining ethnography of medical technologies and feminist theory with cultural analysis, ethics and law. Her research interests lie in questions concerning reproductive technologies of life and death, gender, intersectionality, the entanglement of technologies, ethics and ethnographic methods. Theoretically she is particularly interested in feminist materialisms.


Over the years, Adrian has carried out several comprehensive ethnographic fieldworks of reproductive technologies. Her PhD engaged in new creation stories at fertility clinics and sperm banks in Denmark and Sweden. By following egg, sperm and the embryos as field imaginaries, she inquired into what emerge, as reproductive technologies are used at fertility clinics. Subsequently she has studied the globalization of Danish sperm and the increase in fertility travelers coming to Denmark for donor sperm. This study got her engaged in inquiring how ethics emerge and is being negotiated in relation to sperm banking and sperm donation. Currently Adrian is researching kinship, love and legacy, as men are having sperm deposits in private sperm banks. 


As a PI, Adrian recently received a grant from the Danish Independent Research Fund for the project called Technologies of Death and Dying at the Beginning of Life. The research program, draws on Adrian’s extensive techno-anthropological research experiences studying the technologies of life. In this project this agenda is turned around, now focusing on technologies of death by asking: How does technology remake death and dying at the beginning of life?Adrian is published in journals like European Journal of Women’s Studies, Distinktion: Journal of Social Theory, Nordic Journal of Feminist and Gender Research, and BioSocieties.


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KinTra: (Trans)Formations of Kinship: Travelling in Search of Relatedness

Adrian, S. W., Kroløkke, C., Hvidtfeldt Madsen, K., Tjørnhøj-Thomsen, T., Soelmark, N., Harrison, K. & Myong, L.


Project: Research

Research Output

Feministisk STS

Adrian, S. W., 2021, (Accepted/In press) Introduktion til STS. 2 ed. Hans Reitzels Forlag

Research output: Contribution to book/anthology/report/conference proceedingBook chapterResearchpeer-review

Dialogues on agential realism – engaging in worldings

Juelskær, M., Plauborg, H. & Adrian, S. W., 14 Sep 2020, Routledge.

Research output: Book/ReportBookResearchpeer-review

Forsker: Man behøver ikke fiktion som 'Tjenerindens fortælling' for at få reproduktionsgys. Der er masser at hente i den danske fertilitetsdebat

Adrian, S. W., 7 Aug 2020, In : Politiken.

Research output: Contribution to journalContribution to newspaper - Comment/debateCommunication

Monstrous Motherhood. On the edge of reproductive time

Adrian, S. W., Kroløkke, C. & Herrmann, J., 2020, (Accepted/In press) In : Science as Culture.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal articleResearchpeer-review

Stitching Stories of Broken Hearts: Living Response-ably with the Technologies of Death and Dying at the Beginning of Life

Adrian, S. W., 1 Jan 2020, In : Australian Feminist Studies. p. 1-15 15 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal articleResearchpeer-review

  • Activities

    Regulating Technologies Of Death And Dying At The Beginning Of Life In Denmark

    Stine W. Adrian (Speaker), Laura Louise Heinsen (Speaker), Anna Sofie Bach (Lecturer), Janne Rothmar Herrmann (Speaker) & Annika Frida Petersen (Speaker)

    19 Aug 2020

    Activity: Talks and presentationsConference presentations

    What is in a Sperm Deposit?

    Stine W. Adrian (Lecturer)

    24 Oct 2019

    Activity: Talks and presentationsGuest lecturers

    Diffraktive læsninger af halve hjerter

    Stine W. Adrian (Lecturer)

    3 Oct 2019

    Activity: Talks and presentationsGuest lecturers

    Nettverk for kjønnsforskning

    Stine W. Adrian (Visiting researcher)

    29 Sep 20194 Oct 2019

    Activity: Visiting another research institution

    What is in a Sperm Deposit? Imaginaries of masculinity, reproduction and kinship

    Stine W. Adrian (Lecturer)

    27 Sep 2019

    Activity: Talks and presentationsGuest lecturers

    Press / Media

    Dons de sperme / Jurys populaires

    Stine W. Adrian


    1 Media contribution

    Press/Media: Press / Media

    Et halvt hjerte 1 og 2

    Stine W. Adrian


    1 Media contribution

    Press/Media: Press / Media

    Et Andet Liv

    Stine W. Adrian


    1 Media contribution

    Press/Media: Press / Media