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Dr Jaya Keaney





Faculty of Arts and Education


Alfred Deakin Institute


Melbourne Burwood Campus

+61 3 924 45665


Jaya Keaney is a feminist technoscience and Cultural Studies scholar. Her research explores the intersections of reproduction, bioscientific cultures and social inequity. Her projects have examined race, gender and sexuality in reproductive markets, the implications of epigenetics for understandings of intergenerational trauma and Indigenous health, and the cultural politics of emerging placental modelling technologies. Jaya was a Visiting Scholar at the University of Cambridge (Reproductive Sociology Research Group) in 2018. She received her PhD in Gender Studies from the University of Sydney in 2019, and her doctoral thesis exploring race, reproductive technology and queer family making was awarded the Australian Women's and Gender Studies PhD Prize (2020-21).

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Research interests

Reproduction, feminist science studies, critical race theory, queer theory, kinship, epigenetics, biotechnology


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Bioengineering human placentas: social implications of an advancing field

J Dalziell, J Keaney, M Kearnes, B Thierry, M Winter

(2022), Vol. 40, pp. 137-140, Trends in Biotechnology, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, C1

journal article

Circuits of Time: Enacting Postgenomics in Indigenous Australia

M Warin, J Keaney, E Kowal, H Byrne

(2022), pp. 1-29, Body and Society, London, England, C1

journal article

The Reproductive Bodies of Postgenomics

S van Wichelen, J Keaney

(2022), Science Technology and Human Values, C1

journal article

The Color of Kinship: Race, Biology, and Queer Reproduction

Jaya Keaney

(2021), pp. 175-198, Long Term: Essays on Queer Commitment, Durham, N.C., B1

book chapter

The Racializing Womb: Surrogacy and Epigenetic Kinship

J Keaney

(2021), pp. 1-23, Science Technology and Human Values, London, Eng., C1

journal article

The queer multiracial family: figuring race in donor-assisted conception

Jaya Keaney

(2019), pp. 79-95, Reproductive industry: intimate experiences and global processes, Lanham, Md., B1

book chapter

Miracle baby: a reparative reading of mixed race identity and nation in Peaches

Jaya Keaney

(2017), Vol. 31, pp. 230-241, Continuum, Abingdon, Eng., C1

journal article

Renewing the New Order?: Public history in Indonesia

Paul Ashton, Kresno Brahmantyo, Jaya Keaney

(2012), Vol. 19, pp. 86-103, Public history review, sydney, N.S.W., C1

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