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Fertility Holidays: Global Journeys of Family Formation

March 26, 2018 - 4:30pm - 5:45pm
Amy Speier (University of Texas at Arlington)

Dr. Amy Speier is a medical anthropologist specializing in reproductive health, globalization and medical tourism. In August 2016, her book Fertility Holidays: IVF Tourism and the Reproduction of Whiteness was released by New York University Press.

Faculty and Grad Reading Group: Stacy Alaimo

December 8, 2017 - 3:00pm - 5:00pm

In preparation for the visit of Prof. Stacy Alaimo to Pitt on January 16, 2018 (events described on the flyer here), interested members of the Pitt community are invited to join a reading group to be held Friday, December 8, from 3-5 pm in 527 CL. 

Workshop on “What’s Wrong with Tolerance?” from Love the Sin: Sexual Regulation and the Limits of Religious Tolerance

December 1, 2017 - 10:00am - 11:15am
Ann Pellegrini, New York University

Cosponsored by the Provost’s Year of Diversity, Humanities Center, University Honors College, Asian Studies Center and Indo-Pacific Council, Departments of Anthropology and Sociology, and Programs in Gender, Sexuality & Women’s Studies and Jewish Studies.

Faculty and graduate students are invited to participate in this workshop with Ann Pellegrini on “What’s Wrong with Tolerance?” from Love the Sin: Sexual Regulation and the Limits of Religious Tolerance.

Click here to access the reading for the workshop.

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.

Lecture: "Working Toward the Rights of Intersex People"

February 26, 2018 - 5:00pm - 6:30pm
Alice Dreger, PhD, Visiting Professor in Bioethics and Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Sciences

Sponsored by the Gender, Sexuality, & Women’s Studies Program and the Center for Bioethics & Health Law at the University of Pittsburgh

The intersex patient rights movement has been in existence for about thirty years. What have been the goals, and what has actually been achieved? Why has reaching those goals been so difficult, even when what is being sought—age-appropriate, honest information about medical histories; obtaining patients’ consent before optional sexual surgeries; meaningful psycho-social care—seems so reasonable? After a basic introduction to intersex (i.e., when a person is born with a body that isn’t standard male or standard female), this talk will explore these questions. 

Lecture: Preempting "The Breasts that Will Have to Be Removed:" Puberty Suppression and Pediatric Gender Transition

February 15, 2018 - 4:00pm - 5:30pm
Sahar Sadjadi, PhD, Visiting Professor in Bioethics and Pediatrics

Sponsored by the Gender, Sexuality, & Women’s Studies Program and the Center for Bioethics & Health Law at the University of Pittsburgh

During the past few years, the introduction and rapid acceptance of “puberty suppression” has transformed the clinical treatment of gender variance in children. Based on an ethnographic study of the field of pediatric gender management, this lecture offers a brief history of puberty suppression and explores the affective and temporal politics of this medical intervention.

Graduate Research on Gender/Sexuality

March 29, 2018 - 4:00pm - 5:15pm
PJ Patella-Rey and Danny Jacobson

The Real Work of (Online) Sex Work: Beyond Selling and Consuming Bodies

PJ Patella-Ray

Despite decades of empirical research offering rich and nuanced descriptions of sex work, most mainstream discussions of commercial sexual interactions fail to recognize the full range of labor involved. This is in no small part due to the persistence of narratives that reduce it to the purchase and consumption of bodies—narratives championed by sex work exclusionary radical feminists, who frequently promote the rhetoric of “sex trafficking” to describe all sex work.

Lecture: “‘Against a Sharp White Background’: Toward Intersectional Research in Girls' Media Studies”

February 13, 2018 - 12:30pm - 2:00pm
Mary Celeste Kearney (Notre Dame)

Cosponsored by the Humanities Center and the Children's Literature program.


In this presentation, Kearney will make an appeal for the greater adoption of an intersectional approach to identity studies as well as encourage researchers to look beyond the center of the frame when analyzing media texts. Via an overview of some of her recent research on black girlhood in early U.S. television, she will demonstrate the usefulness of recalibrating our gaze and complicating our analysis.

View flyer here.

The Orphan Industrial Complex: Charitable Commodification and its Consequences for Child Protection

November 15, 2017 - 3:30pm - 5:00pm
Kristen Cheney

In her book, Crying for Our Elders: African Orphanhood in the Age of HIV and AIDS, Kristen Cheney argues that the misidentification of “orphans” as a category for development and humanitarian intervention has subsequently been misappropriated by many Western individuals and charitable organizations, resulting in an ‘orphan industrial complex’ that problematically commoditizes children as targets for charitable intervention.

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