Read-and-Talk Session featuring J.R. Latham’s article, “(Re)making sex: A praxiography of the gender clinic” | Gender, Sexuality, and Women's Studies
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Read-and-Talk Session featuring J.R. Latham’s article, “(Re)making sex: A praxiography of the gender clinic”

November 29, 2017 - 12:00pm - 1:00pm

Faculty, graduate students, and post-docs across campus are invited to join us for an informal discussion of the theoretical, methodological, and political issues Latham raises about trans medicine and a trans person’s experience of a gender clinic. 

Click here to read J.R. Latham’s article, “(Re)making sex: A praxiography of the gender clinic,” published in Feminist Theory 2017 18(2): 177–204.

Abstract: 

This article traces the multiple enactments of sex in clinical practices of transgender medicine to argue against the presumed singularity of ‘transexuality’. Using autoethnography to analyse my own experience as a trans patient, I describe my clinical encounters with doctors, psychiatrists and surgeons in order to theorise sex as multiple. Following recent developments in science and technology studies (STS) that advance the work of Judith Butler on sex as performatively reproduced, I use a praxiographic approach to argue that treatment practices produce particular iterations of what sex (and transexuality) ‘is’ and how these processes limit and foreclose other trans possibilities. I consider the ethical, political and material-discursive implications of treatment practices and offer a series of reflections about the effects and effectiveness of current clinical practices and the possibilities for intervening in such processes in order that, following Annemarie Mol, we might (re)make sex (and transexuality) differently. 

Keywords: 

Autoethnography, female to male, gender dysphoria, medicine, multiplicity, posthumanist performativity, praxiography, psychiatry, surgery, transgender 

Questions? Contact Dr. Lisa D. Brush lbrush@pitt.edu

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