“Intimate Uncertainties” is a social anthropological research project that focuses on aspects of precarity and morality involved in the intimate relations of people who cross borders and transgress boundaries, to satisfy their craving for a “better life”. This is the case for three intimate encounters – characterized by inequalities –, which are the focus of the individual case studies: The first ethnography addresses migratory death in the Spanish-Moroccan borderlands by exploring a deadly shipwreck of 2003. The second sub-project sheds light on moral ambivalences in Germany’s transplant system by examining how intimate experiences of alcohol (ab)use and medico-structural regulations constrain and facilitate each other. The third case study investigates “fertility travel“ from the EU to Russia and Ukraine, scrutinizing the ways morality is negotiated within the contested sphere of surrogacy. read more
The research project is supported and financed by the Swiss National Science Foundation and the Institute of Social Anthropology at the University of Bern. It started in February 2014 and is expected to end in 2017.