Please tell us about your research project.
Rooted in Aotearoa and using an anthropological lens, my doctoral research explores New Zealander contemporary kinship. Taking an ethnographic look at the experiences of same-sex families, I analyse the modalities of access to parenthood for so-called infertile couples including the use of new reproductive technologies, different types of child fostering, adoption, coparenting, surrogacy, and whangai - a Maori kinship practice. Focused primarily on Maori and Pākehā/New Zealander/Anglo-European kinship, this ethnographic work aims to understand intra-familial relational logics and dynamics from the perspective of homosexual parents, their children, and other members of their kinship network. The biographical knots that form gay or lesbian persons and later same-sex families show the entanglements of family-making ways and trajectories.
Could you please tell us a bit more about your scholarship/exchange programme?
I had the good fortune to be granted the MFO monthly scholarship “bourse du mois”. It has given me the opportunity to meet scholars in my field of study at Oxford and to consult some exclusively available works in the Bodleian Libraries. It offers the ideal conditions to carry out this project and provides an engaging, studious atmosphere to boost my research.
First impressions of Oxford?
I had been told that Oxford was a stunning city but what I met upon arrival exceeded all my expectations. The architecture is overwhelming, the atmosphere is unique and conducive to concentration, and the libraries are as beautiful as they are rich.