iLGBT Fall Symposium - Intersex: Medical, Cultural and Historical Contexts

Thursday, December 5, 2013 - 6:00pm to Friday, December 6, 2013 - 5:30pm
University of Arizona Institute for LGBT Studies
 
This two-day symposium explores intersex issues—the condition of having  “ambiguous genitalia,” once known as hermaphroditism, now referred to (somewhat controversially) as “disorders of sex development.” It will offer interdisciplinary perspectives drawn from the medical humanities, medicine, anthropology, and patient advocacy. Over the course of the symposium, we will hear from a medical anthropologist who will discuss the role of intersex conditions in the sex-testing of athletes in women’s international sports competitions, a historian of medicine about the origins of the contemporary paradigm for medically managing intersex conditions, from a medical clinician who works with intersex patients today, from a prominent advocate for intersex youth and their parents, and from a self-identified intersex scholar/activist. Please see the schedule of events below for locations, times, abstracts of presentations, and presenter biographies.
 
Thursday, December 5, 2013
Sex Testing in Women’s International Sports Competition
6:00pm-7:30pm
UA Student Union, Catalina Room
Dr. Katrina Karkazis, Center for Biomedical Ethics, Stanford University
 
Discussion/Q&A: Dr. Katrina Karkazis and Respondent Dr. Monica Casper
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Friday, December 6, 2013
Historical and Sociological Perspectives on Intersex
10:00am-11:30am
Room 100 The Department of Gender & Women's Studies 925 N Tyndall Ave Tucson, AZ 85721-0438
 
Dr. Elizabeth Reis, Women's and Gender Studies Department, University of Oregon
“Historical Origins of the Contemporary Intersex Management Model”
 
Dr. Georgiann Davis, Assistant Professor of Sociology, Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville
"Trading Attitude for Access? The Intersex Community, Diagnostic Naming, and Contested Collaboration"
 
Practitioner and Patient Advocate Perspectives
1:00pm-3:30pm
Room 100 The Department of Gender & Women's Studies 925 N Tyndall Ave Tucson, AZ 85721-0438
 
Dr. Amy Beth Wisniewski, Department of Urology, University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center                                         
“Psychosocial Outcomes in DSD: Impact of Genes, Hormones and Family”
 
Anne Tamar-Mattis, Executive Director, Advocates for Informed Choice
“Medical Treatment of Intersex Children: Parent and Patient Advocacy   Perspectives”
 
Plenary Panel Discussion "Contemporary Intersex Issues"
4:00pm-5:30pm
Room 100 The Department of Gender & Women's Studies 925 N Tyndall Ave Tucson, AZ 85721-0438
Presenters
 
Georgiann Davis, Assistant Professor of Sociology, Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville
 
Katrina Karkazis, Center for Biomedical Ethics, Stanford University
 
Elizabeth Reis, Women's and Gender Studies Department, University of Oregon
 
Anne Tamar-Mattis, Executive Director, Advocates for Informed Choice
 
Amy Beth Wisniewski, Department of Urology, University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center                                         
 
Moderator
Rodney Hunt, Department of Anthropology and Sociology, Simon Fraser University

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