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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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Projects 2011 2020

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 2001 2019

Dialogues on agential realism – engaging in worldings

Juelskær, M., Plauborg, H. & Adrian, S. W., 2019, (In preparation) Routledge.

Research output: Book/ReportBookResearchpeer-review

Rethinking reproductive selection: traveling transnationally for sperm

Adrian, S. W., 1 Jan 2019, In : BioSocieties.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal articleResearchpeer-review

Donor Selection

The Cryopolitics of Reproduction on Ice: A New Scandinavian Ice Age

Kroløkke, C., Petersen, T. S., Herrmann, J. R., Bach, A. S., Adrian, S. W., Klingenberg, R. & Petersem, M. N., 2 Dec 2019, 1 ed. London: Emerald Group Publishing. 192 p. (Emerald Studies in Reproduction, Culture and Society).

Research output: Book/ReportBookResearchpeer-review


Adele Clarke, Carrie Friese and Rachel S. Washburn: Situational Analysis. Grounded Theory after the Interpretive Turn

Adrian, S. W., 2018, In : Kvinder, Køn & Forskning. 27, 1, p. 86-87 2 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalLiterature reviewResearch

Open Access

Epistemology, Activism, and Entanglement - Rethinking Knowledge Production: Interview with Nina Lykke

Skewes, L. & Adrian, S. W., 2018, In : Kvinder, Køn & Forskning. 27, 1, p. 15-31 2.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal articleResearch

Open Access

Activities 2012 2019

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

†  What is in a sperm deposit? Optimizing masculinity and reproductive control  

Stine W. Adrian (Lecturer)
12 Sep 2019

Activity: Talks and presentationsConference presentations

Press / Media

Dons de sperme / Jurys populaires

Stine W. Adrian


1 Media contribution

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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

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