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The Clinic and Elsewhere:

by Betsy VanNoy Jan 22, 2019

This series seeks to bring nationally recognized scholars to campus to discuss the challenges and harms facing many trans and intersex persons when trying to access health and wellness services, particularly in light of changes to the Affordable Care Act that weaken protections for trans persons.

“Now is a critical time to examine the ways that our health care system too often fails trans and intersex individuals,” said Hilary Malatino, Penn State assistant professor of women’s, gender, and sexuality studies and a research associate in the Rock Ethics Institute. “The goal of the lecture series is to bring attention to these failures and think through strategies for addressing them.”

Speaker: Julian Gill-Peterson
Date: October 24, 2018
Time: 5:00pm
Location: 67 Williard
Title: The Intersex and Trans Invention of Gender: On Children's Self-Determination

Speaker: Ellen Feder
Date: November 28, 2019
Time: 5:00pm
Location: 201 Thomas

Date: October 24, 2018

Speaker: Julian Gill-Peterson

Title: The Intersex and Trans Invention of Gender: On Children’s Self-Determination

Abstract: The contemporary concept of human gender has an origin in mid-twentieth century medicine, derived from dehumanizing and unethical clinical research with transgender and intersex children. This talk examines how the medicalization of intersex and transgender young people overlapped in this era, shaping the abstract idea of normative gender by dismissing the agency and knowledge of kids. Considering the very different landscapes of pediatric transgender and intersex care today, the historical overlap of these fields offers important resources for critiquing medical models and imagining what childhood gender self-determination can look like.

Bio: Julian Gill-Peterson is Assistant Professor of English and Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies at the University of Pittsburgh. They are the author of Histories of the Transgender Child (2018). Julian is currently at work on a new book project entitled Gender Underground: A History of Trans DIY.