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The Role of Stories in Social Change: The Case of Intersex


Open lecture with Dr. Ellen K. Feder on the role of ethics in social change, with discussant Dr. Jameson Garland.

Ellen K. Feder is the William Fraser McDowell Professor of Philosophy and Social Policy and the Chair of the Department of Philosophy and Religion at American University, U.S.A. She works in the intersection of contemporary continental philosophy and feminist and critical race theory, and has published extensively on ethical aspects of medicalization and care. As a scholar engaged in work for social change Dr. Feder has published debate articles on the management of intersex and participated in a task force charged with making recommendations about the diagnosis of Gender Identity Disorder for the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders.

Dr. Feder will speak on the role of ethics in social change, with a particular focus on her scholarly work with with Making Sense of Intersex (2014) and the thematic issue "Symposium: Intersex" of Narrative Inquiry in Bioetics (2015:(5)2), and her critical engagement with the management of intersex through debate articles in Bioethics Forum. Dr. Jameson Garland will function as a discussant to Dr. Feder's presentation.

Jameson Garland, juris doctor from Harvard Law School and legum doctor from Uppsala University, has in his scholarly work explored how ethical aspects of medicalization and care - related to trans and intersex - raise critical questions about the limits of science, law, and medicine, most recently in his dissertation On Science, Law and Medicine: The case of gender-¿normalizing¿ interventions on children who are diagnosed as different in sex development (2016), and forthcoming contributions in The Legal Status of Intersex Persons (Intersentia Press 2017).

Lecturer: Ellen K. Feder

Date: 5/31/2017

Time: 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Categories: Humanities, Genusvetenskap

Location: Institutionen för kulturvetenskaper, Vera Sandbergs Allé 8
Vasa B

Contact person: Erika Alm

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