April 05, 2015

Academic week – Sexual Cultures Conference and Trans* Health Workshop

I've already posted about the Sexual Cultures Conference - this is now just a few days away! I'm greatly looking forward to sitting on one of the conference's keynote panels on the first day with Jay Stewart (Gendered Intelligence), Jade Fernandez (Stonewall) and Kat Gupta.

The overarching theme of the conference (and, by extension, the panel) is "academic meets activism". I'm planning to talk about my move into academia from activism and my involvement in events such as the Emergence of Trans seminar series and Spotlight on: Genderqueer that attempted to speak to both academia and activism. I'll be aiming to highlight some of the limitations and drawbacks of such events as well as their strengths, and think about how future organisers might be able to build upon these lessons.

The whole programme for Sexual Cultures is fascinating, and I'll certainly be dropping by as many sessions as possible. However, I'll also be popping out for a few hours on Thursday to attend a Trans* Health Workshop at King's College London. At this event, I'm planning to speak about some of the early findings from my PhD research, including reflections on the emergence and evolution of 'trans' narratives and their intersection with medical discourse.


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