Indian FemTech Apps and Datafied Reproduction: Lecture by Paro Mishra

Paro Mishra delivered a lecture on ‘One Size (doesn’t) Fit All: Indian FemTech Apps and Datafied Reproduction’. It was chaired by Awadhendra Sharan.


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Reproductive health tracking applications are one of the most commonly used forms of FemTech interventions across the world.  Drawing on ethnographic and qualitative data, the talk uses FemTech expansion in India as a vantage point to explore datafication of the reproductive body and its consequences. It will broadly focus on the following questions: How Indian users experience FemTech applications and how are these datafied body projects incorporated into concepts of health, embodiment and selfhood? Does FemTech and datafication of the reproductive body enable greater control for users? Or does it fuel newer kinds of risks, uncertainties and insecurities?

Paro Mishra teaches social anthropology at the Department of Social Sciences and Humanities at the Indraprastha Institute of Information Technology, Delhi (IIITD). Her core research interests lie at the intersection of Gender and Technology-New Reproductive Technologies and Information/ Digital Technologies, in particular. Her current research is examining intersections of Gender, Health and Digital Technologies with a focus on emerging FemTech Landscape in India.

Awadhendra Sharan is Director, Centre for the Study of Developing Societies, Delhi.

Thursday, 2 May 2024, 4 pm, Seminar Room and Zoom