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Heidelberg University
South Asia Institute
Department of Anthropology
Im Neuenheimer Feld 330, Room 502
69120 Heidelberg

DFG project "Wunschkinder"
Phone: +49 6221 54-8848

Dr. Sheela Saravanan

Seit 01. Januar 2016 wiss. Mitarbeiterin der Universität Heidelberg




  • Socio-ethical, legal challenges of global reproductive technologies
  • Transnational commercial surrogacy and pre-natal diagnosis
  • Global justice theories
  • Capabilities Approach
  • Gender & disability theories
  • Asia-Europe cross-cultural, qualitative analysis
  • Authoritative knowledge and birthing practices

Biografische Notiz

Januar 2015- Dezember 2015 : Senior Researcher am Institut für Ethik und Geschichte der Medizin, Universitätsmedizin Göttingen. Informationen zur Forschung finden Sie hier.

Januar 2014 - Dezember 2014: Research Fellow – Lichtenberg Kolleg, Universität Göttingen.

July 2009 to June 2010: Post-Doctoral at Karl Jasper Center, University of Heidelberg, Germany

November 1998 - Oktober 2002: Researcher am Institute of Social Studies Trust (ISST), New Delhi, India.

Vollständiger CV und Liste der Publikationen [PDF]

Publikationen (Auswahl)

Saravanan, S. (2015). Global justice, capabilities approach and commercial surrogacy in India, Medicine, Healthcare and Philosophy. DOI: 10.1007/s11019-015-9640-y

Saravanan, S. (2013). An ethnomethodological approach to examine exploitation in the context of capacity, trust and experience of commercial surrogacy in India, Philosophy, Ethics, and Humanities in Medicine, 8:10.

Saravanan, S., Johnson, H., Turrell, G., & Fraser, J. (2012). Re-examining authoritative knowledge in the design and content of a traditional birth attendant training in India, Midwifery, 28(1):120-30.

Saravanan, S., Turrell, G., Johnson, H., Fraser, J., & Patterson, C. (2011). Traditional birth attendant training and local birthing practices in India, Evaluation and Programme Planning, 34(3): 254-265.

Saravanan, S. (2010). Transnational surrogacy and objectification of gestational mothers, Economic and Political Weekly, 45(16): 26-29.

Saravanan, S., Turrell, G., Johnson, H., & Fraser, J. (2010). Birthing practices of traditional birth attendants in South Asia in the context of training programmes, Journal of Health Management, 12(2): 93-121.

Saravanan, S., Johnson, H., Turrell, G., and Fraser, J (2009). Social roles and birthing practices of traditional birth attendants in India with reference to other developing countries, Asian Journal of Women’s Studies, 15(4): 57-89.

Saravanan, S. (2002). Female Infanticide in India - A Review of Literature, Social Change, 32(1&2): 58-66.

Saravanan,S. (2000). ‘Violence against Women in India – A Literature Review’, Institute of Social Studies Trust (ISST), submitted to International Development Research Centre (IDRC), Canada. Available online: