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Medicine Meets the Sexed Body: Discovering, Diagnosing, Producing and Shaping

25th July 2018 - 28th July 2018

Panel convened by Sorcha Uí Chonnachtaigh and David Andrew Griffiths at this year’s European Association for the Study of Science and Technology conference. The CfP deadline is Feb 14th 2018. Any questions, please contact me and Sorcha ( ).

EASST2018: MEETINGS – Making Science, Technology & Society Together, 25-28th July 2018, Lancaster University, UK

Medicine Meets the Sexed Body: Discovering, Diagnosing, Producing and Shaping [Discovery, Discussion & Decision Stream (Panel F08)]

Western biomedicine has historically worked within a strict binary model of sex and gender, pathologizing those forms of embodiment that do not fit. This panel will open discussions about historical and current ‘meetings’ that shape and produce both medicine and the sexed body.

While Western biomedicine and law have tended to work within a strict, hierarchical binary model of sex and gender, not all bodies fit this model. Historically, these forms of embodiment have been pathologized by medicine. In parallel, medicine has pathologized – and the law has sometimes criminalised – sexual and gender identities that challenge binary sex-gender norms.

The medico-scientific ‘discovery’ of different forms of sexed embodiment since the 18th Century has resulted in the appropriation of deliberation and decisions about those bodies by medical professionals. The challenges and uncertainty raised by the sexed body have largely been managed within medicine ever since. For example, cosmetic surgeries on intersex infants to ‘normalise’ their genitals continue despite decades of activism. People of trans and/or non-binary experience however, while often over-medicalised and pathologized, are still struggling to have basic healthcare needs met.

In this panel, we want to open discussion about both historical and current ‘meetings’. These may include those between doctors and patients, between law and medicine, between science and activism or, expanding the scope of the panel, between any of the diverse human and non-human agencies that produce and shape medicine and the sexed body. We recognise the contingent and overlapping nature of these categories and acknowledge the ongoing activism is attempting to protect and empower individuals with historically pathologized bodies. We welcome interest and submissions from academics, activists, artists, and others with an interest in this field.

Submit abstract through the online system only, please (EASST stipulation).

About Panels

Panels will comprise a maximum of two 90-minute sessions, containing a maximum of eight presentations. Panel conveners will review and accept papers for inclusion in their panel, within guidelines set by the Programme Committee. The Programme Committee will try to reallocate proposals not accepted within existing panels.

EASST2018: The Theme of ‘Meetings’

The word ‘meeting’ contains rich and diverse meanings. In English we find the following: an act or process of joining or coming together of people or things; an intersection or confluence; an encounter; an assembly; a place and time for discussion or decision; a space for dissent, battle, entertainment or contest; and (archaically) a unit of measurement.

More detail here.


25th July 2018
28th July 2018

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