April 03, 2017

New blog/website

Hello! This post is to say that I will no longer be updating this blog. If you've been using it to follow my life and endeavours, you can carry on doing so at http://ruthpearce.net.

February 02, 2017

LGBT+ History Month talks

I'll be discussing my research at two public events this month.

Thursday 16th February
Condition or Movement? A Century of Trans Identities
University of Warwick

6:30pm, OC0.02, Oculus Building.

I will be giving a talk about the role of medical discourse and social movements in the emergence of 'trans' identities during the 20th and 21st Centuries.

>>>Facebook event page.

Tuesday 21st February
Trans experiences of health care panel
Pembroke College, University of Cambridge

6pm, Nihon Room.

I will be taking part in an LGBT+ History Month panel on the British health care system as , alongside Morgan Potts, Amy Clark, Ray Filar and Tschan Andrews. Our respective talks will be followed by a Q&A session.

>>>Facebook event page.

October 28, 2016

November events

So, I've been a bit quiet on this blog since June. I have been very busy, however - finishing my PhD! I'm very pleased to say that I passed my viva last week.

As a celebration of sorts, I'll be doing a lot of travelling in November to talk about my research. Here are the upcoming events where you can see me speak:

Saturday 12th November
GLADD Annual Conference 2016
University of Westminster

Title: An Adversarial Assessment? Addressing Mistrust Amongst Trans Patients

I will be talking about mistrust in healthcare settings, looking particularly at the context of assessment appointments are Gender Identity Clinics. This event is aimed at LGBT doctors, dentists, and health researchers.

>>> Registration and more information can be found here.

Thursday 24th November
The Practice of Public Sociology
Manchester Digital Laboratory

I will be taking part in a roundtable discussion on the practice of public sociology, with Maddie Breeze, Ipek Demir and Lambros Fatsis. This event is aimed at 'Early Career" Researchers.

>>> Registration and more information can be found here.

26th-27th November
Action For Trans Health Annual Conference
Norfolk Park Heritage Centre, Sheffield

Title: Becoming an 'Expert': The changing landscape of trans health

I will be talking about the role of 'expert' knowledge within trans healthcare and activism over the past decade. This event is being run by and for trans people, but is open to all.

>>> Registration and more information can be found here.

June 22, 2016

WPATH 2016 poster: "A time of anticipation"

Here's the poster I presented at this year's WPATH Symposium:

Anticipation poster.png

You can also download a PDF version here.

The magnet is a metaphor for anticipation, which is both a product of and shapes feelings, emotions and experiences of time. This process is mediated by both trans community discourses and medical systems.

It's very important to note that the majority of research participants had good things to say about the health professionals who helped with their transition. However, there is also a high prevelance of transphobia and cisgenderism within medical systems and clinical pathways. Anxiety and mistrust of practitioners within the trans patient population is endemic, and this is compounded by long waiting times.

My wider research looks critically at how discourses of trans health are differently understood within and between community/support spaces, activist groups and the professional sphere; however, the purpose of this particular poster was communicate some of the difficult experiences that current patients have with waiting. It sparked some productive conversations and I hope that further work will follow from this.


Transitional Demands (Jess Bradley and Francis Myerscough)

Experiences of people from , and working with, transgender communities within the NHS - summary of findings, 2013/14 (NHS England)

Current Waiting Times & Patient Population for Gender Identity Services in the UK (UK Trans Info)

May 17, 2016

Inclusion: Identity and Belonging as an LGBTUA+ Person

I'll be talking about my research at this event next week, hosted by the University of Warwick Staff LGBT+ Network.


Identity and Belonging as an LGBTUA+ Person

A series of talks exploring LGBTUA+ identity and inclusion in the workplace, family, and society


Join us for a series of talks, discussion and post-talk refreshments

Professor David Smith - University of York
Dr Fiona MacCallum - Department of Psychology, University of Warwick
Ruth Pearce - Department of Sociology, University of Warwick

John Gore - Film Programmer, Warwick Arts Centre

Monday 23 May, 17:30PM–19:30PM,



May 12, 2016

Video: (Mis)understanding Trans Health

Filmed at re:publica TEN.

April 07, 2016

"(Mis)understanding transgender health" – talk at re:publica TEN

I'm delighted to have been invited to talk about my research at the re:publica conference on the Internet and Society, which takes place in Berlin from 2-4 May.

I'm currently in the final stages of writing up my thesis, so this is a very exciting time to be talking about my findings. At re:publica, I'll be focusing upon findings related to the 'discursive clashes' that occur when doctors and patients have very different ideas about what it means to be trans.


Over the last three decades, the Internet has fundamentally changed what it means to be transgender. Communities have formed over great geographical distances, and new possibilities for transgender identity and embodiment have been forged.

However, transgender people continue to face a great many difficulties in everyday life, most of which stem from experiences of discrimination, harassment and ignorance in the public realm. One area of key concern is that of healthcare provision, where transgender people across Europe still report being treated inappropriately or denied services.

Transgender health is frequently understood in terms of individual want: specifically, the expressed need to ‘transition’ from one gender to another. What can we find when we look beyond individual transition, to understand transgender health as a wider social phenomenon?

This session will draw upon cutting-edge Internet research to explain some of the social processes that shape transgender patients’ interactions with their doctors. Drawing upon examples from Europe in general, and the UK in particular, it will show how misunderstandings on the part of both doctors and patients can be explained through online discussion and narratives of transgender possibility.

The session will end with some proposed solutions, looking at how doctors and patients can better talk to one another, rather than past one another.

January 09, 2016

Gender recognition: where next?

I recently co-wrote a report for UK Trans Info with CN Lester.

The report summarises the findings of a survey undertaken during November and December 2015 in collaboration with the Non-Binary Inclusion Project. The survey, entitled ‘Replace the GRC – but how?’ was created in response to calls for reform of the Gender Recognition Act 2004, in the wake of a Transgender Equality Inquiry conducted by the UK Parliament’s Women and Equalities Committee.

>>>Read the report at UK Trans Info.

October 13, 2015

Zero Church

I'm DJing at Zero Church this weekend! It's taking place from 7pm on Saturday 17th October, at The Tin. There will be live sets from Kerosene Queen, The Bloodthirsters and We Are A Communist.

There is a Facebook event page here.

Zero Church

October 01, 2015

Feminism 201

I will be speaking at the UCLU Women's Network event Feminism 201 in London on Monday 5th October, alongside Bridget Minamore, Pavan Amara, Fez Endelaust and Lucy O'Riordan.

The event takes place from 7pm at Sir Ambrose Fleming LT, Roberts Building, University College London.

Entry is free, but organisers have asked those planning to attend to reserve themselves a ticket in advance here.

There is also a Facebook event page.

Feminism 201 poster

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