A Social History of Sperm

The Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) is supporting a large socio-historical study of semen analysis techniques and practices. University of Cambridge sociologist Liberty Walther Barnes, a recently named ESRC Future Research Leader and author of Conceiving Masculinity: Male Infertility, Masculinity, and Identity, serves as the Principal Investigator on the study.


“Historians and social scientists have done incredible work documenting the evolution of obstetrics and gynaecology as a medical field,” explains Dr. Barnes. “We can do a better job identifying the milestones in the history of male reproductive medicine. Counting sperm and giving meaning to those . . .

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January 20, 2015