We are delighted to invite you to an international conference about Intersex that we are organising with Intersex Activists and with colleagues from the University of Bologna. The early stage conference page is here.
This 2-day conference provides a multi-disciplinary forum for the further development of social science approaches to Intersex and Variations of Sex Characteristics. Sociological, anthropological, political science, philosophical, psychological and other approaches are all crucial for developing knowledge that centres the experiences and insights of Intersex people and those with Variations of Sex Characteristics. A commitment to fostering positive Intersex activist and academic alliances lies at the heart of this conference.
People born with Intersex variations (medically referred to with the controversial term ‘DSD’ (Disorders of Sex Development)) are born with diversities in their sex characteristics that are perceived to fall outside the socially constructed norms for the male and female body. The medical treatment of these variations has raised criticism from Intersex people themselves, as well as many international bodies. This conference will highlight and develop human rights approaches to Intersex and Variations of Sex Characteristics. It will foreground emerging theoretical frameworks and concepts that support Intersex human rights, including the social model of Intersex health, and notions of Intersex citizenship. The conference will provide space for understanding the wide range of strategies used by Intersex advocates and human rights defenders. We will also address the day-day lived experiences of Intersex people and those with Variations of Sex Characteristics.
The conference is taking place in the beautiful historic city of Bologna. It will be conducted in English with subtitles in Italian for keynote presentations. Multi-lingual facilitators will be available for discussions where possible.
This conference provides an exciting and timely opportunity to explore issues concerning intersex and variations of sex characteristics from human rights, activist, and citizenship perspectives. The conference is being organised as part of a 2 year project taking place in Italy, the UK and Switzerland on Intersex, Citizenship and Human Rights, for more information see here.
We now invite the submission of panel proposals for this conference. Panel themes can include :
• Human Rights
• Legal aspects
• Activism, politics, and policy reform
• Healthcare institutions
• The experiences and issues of children, young people, families, and older people
• Alliances with LGBT activists
• Terminology and de-pathologisation
• Historical and/or philosophical analysis relevant to the contemporary situation
• Perspectives from the Global South
• Social theory
We also welcome individual paper submissions and we will put out a call for these in due course.