It is difficult to select a starting point when the work making up this book
began. Perhaps in graduate school in the early 1990s when I first encountered
the writing of Farida Akhter and began to think harder about what repro-
duction is and might be. Or in 2001 during my first year at the University of
Toronto surrounded by colleagues trying to puzzle out what methods trans-
national feminist studies called for. Or maybe it was at the Technoscience
Salon trying out ideas with Natasha Myers and so many other people. It was
certainly also in the archive, following manual suction abortion studies out
of feminist collectives in the United States and over to Bangladesh, an itin-
erary that forced me to think harder about the non- innocent transnational
entanglements of reproductive technologies. This book was conceived out
of all of these itineraries and more, and hence my gratitude and debts to
those who have assisted this work are likewise spread in time and space be-
yond what I can ever do justice to acknowledge. I thank Courtney Berger
at Duke University Press for her ongoing backing and intellectual compan-
ionship. This work has been funded by grants from the Social Science and
Humanities Research Council, and I acknowledge not only their support
but also all the labor that has gone into keeping state funding for critical
humanities and social science scholarship in Canada alive through difficult
times. I also thank the Jackman Humanities Institute at the University of
Toronto, as well as the Clayman Institute for Gender Research at Stanford,
both of which provided time and space for working on this project. I thank
Farida Akhter and Unnayan Bikalper Nitinirdharoni Gobeshona (ubinig)
for their vital contributions to reproductive politics, and for making time
to speak with me during my time in Bangladesh. I thank the International
Centre for Diarrheal Disease Research, Bangladesh (icDDr,b) for facili-
tating my research, and especially thank the library staff and the wonderful
head librarian Md. Nazim Uddin for his hospitality, time, and assistance. I
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