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The Research Team

HYPMEDPRO is the acronym for an international research project (October 2016-March 2021) funded by Agence nationale de la recherche (ANR).

HYPMEDPRO programme, titled (Over)medicalization of Childbirth as a Public Problem : Material Trajectories, Public Controversies and Institutional Changes is carried out by a team of nine researchers specialized in history, sociology and anthropology of medicine, of risk, and of public and feminist mobilizations.

The HYPMEDPRO team is coordinated by Sezin Topçu, principal investigator of the project.

The HYPMEDPRO team federates specialists who have already conducted or currently conduct research on fields relevant to this research programme. Furthermore, the HYPMEDPRO programme relies on collaborations and dialogues with a vast network of national and international specialists and colleagues.

The HYPMEDPRO programme is hosted by Centre d’études des mouvements sociaux (CNRS-Ehess-Inserm), who has a proficient research contract administration service. Coordinated by Isabelle Ville, CEMS has, since the 1970s, brought a significant contribution to the development of methodological and conceptual tools for the study of social mobilizations and of public space in France and worldwide.

Project Coordinator

The coordinator of the HYPMEDPRO programme, Sezin Topçu, is senior researcher (CR1) at the CNRS (French National Research Center-­‐Institut Marcel Mauss) since 2011. She is historian and sociologist of science and technology, specialised in technological risk, environmental and medical controversies and social movements (namely the feminist and the antinuclear movements).
Link to public profile: http://cems.ehess.fr/index.php?2543

Project Members (in alphabetical order)

Maud Arnal, initially trained as a midwife, is, since 2014, PhD candidate of sociology at Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales (Paris). Under the supervision of Ilana Löwy and Marc Bessin, her PhD dissertation focuses on the medical and social norms of pain management in childbirth (comparison France-­Québec).
Link to public profile: http://iris.ehess.fr/index.php?2776

Gülhan Balsoy is assistant professor of history at Bilgi University (Istanbul). She is a specialist of pronatalist politics and of reproductive health in the Ottoman Empire and in Turkey.
Link to public profile: http://cems.ehess.fr/index.php?3882

Ayse Dayi is sociologist. Since 2019, she is research fellow at Freie Universität Berlin. Her research fields include sexual and reproductive health, political economy of health and transnational feminism.
Link to public profile: https://www.mvbz.fu-berlin.de/vernetzung/gastwissenschaftler_innen/internationale-gaeste/gaeste-am-mvbz/sose2019_dayi/index.html

Jennifer Gadenne holds a postgraduate degree in Geography. She worked for local authorities in urban planning before specializing in conflict management & team empowerment. She joined Hypmedpro in January 2021 a a research engineer to assist the team.

Ilana Löwy is historian of medicine, and emerita research director at INSERM  (French National Institute of Health and Medical Research), affiliated with CERMES 3. Her most recent research focused on the history of congenital malformations and prenatal diagnosis.
Link to public profile: http://www.cermes3.cnrs.fr/fr/membres/168-lowy-ilana

Lola Mirouse is a PhD candidate of sociology at École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales (Paris), under the supervision of Sezin Topçu and Janine Barbot. Started in 2017, her dissertation thesis aims to trace the medical, scientific and public controversies regarding episiotomy in France since the 1980s.
Link to public profile: http://cems.ehess.fr/index.php?3944

Andreza Nakano initially trained as a midwife, is currently postdoctoral researcher at Fundaçao Oswaldo Cruz (Brazil). Her PhD thesis, in social sciences & public health, analyzed the the « normalization » of C‐sections and the relevant health effects in Brazil.
Link to public profile: https://www.escavador.com/sobre/5420511/andreza-rodrigues-nakano

Chiara Quagliariello is Marie Curie fellow at École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales de Paris (EHESS) and City University of New York (CUNY). Between 2017 and 2019, she was a postdoctoral fellow within the Hypmedpro project. Her research interests include anthropology and sociology of health, with a particular attention to childbirth models. Her current research tackles issues of maternal health crisis among black women in Europe and the US.
Link to public profile: http://cems.ehess.fr/index.php?3884

Clémene Schantz is a is a sociologist and a midwife. Between 2019 and 2020, she was postdoctoral fellow at École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales de Paris (EHESS). Since January 2021, she is a senior researcher at Institut de Recherche pour le Développement (IRD, Paris). She conducts research on the biomedicalization of childbirth in different contexts (Asia, Africa, Europe). After having demonstrated with her doctoral research that obstetric practices build and shape the female body, she conducted postdoctoral research on the practice of caesarean section in France and West Africa. She is currently working on the circulation of obstetric models between Asia and Africa.
Link to public profile: http://cems.ehess.fr/index.php?4567