Background and activities

Bs in European History, Petrozavodsk State University, Russia

Ms in Visual Cultural Studies, Tromsø University, Norway

Ms in Interdisciplinary Studies of Culture, NTNU, Norway

Ph.D. project:

Articulations of surrogacy on the websites of surrogacy agencies and ART clinics located in Russia

The project concerns local assemblages that enable transnational surrogacy to Russia with a main focus on the surrogate, conceptualised as the material-semiotic generative node. While websites of the surrogacy agencies and reproductive clinics serve as an entry point into the worldings of Russian surrogacy, the project builds empirically on the range of data (national legislation, interviews, websites). 

The project asks whether and how the status of the surrogate as human is challenged in the contemporary worldings of surrogacy in Russia provided by the agencies and clinics. 

The project is theoretically anchored in new materialism. 



Scientific, academic and artistic work

A selection of recent journal publications, artistic productions, books, including book and report excerpts. See all publications in the database

Journal publications

Part of book/report

  • Kirpichenko, Maria. (2017) Russian Legislative Practices and Debates on the Restriction of Wide Access to ART. Assisted Reproduction Across Borders. Feminist Perspectives on Normalizations, Disruptions and Transmissions.