This seminar will engage feminist theorists, science studies scholars, and practicing scientists in conversation about the constructs of “sex” and “gender” in biological and health science research.

Upcoming Events

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Past Events 2016 - 17

Kimberly Juanita Brown, Mount Holyoke College
Their Dead Among Us: Presence, Absence, and Archival Violence
Douglas Bolender, University of Massachusetts, Boston
Marginal Lives and Fractured Families: Archives and Rural Farmworkers in Early Modern Iceland
Meredith Reiches, University of Massachusetts, Boston
Invisible Women: Prenatal Nutrition Research and the Vanishing Maternal Body
Nancy Krieger, Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health
Challenging Biological Essentialism with Embodied Histories of Health Inequities
Evelynn M. Hammonds, Harvard University
"The Physician's Negro:" Race and Racialization in U.S. Medicine

Past Events 2015 - 16

Andrea Ritchie, Open Society Foundations
Policing Race, Policing Sex, Policing Gender
Joy James, Williams College
Why Edward Snowden is Not Assata Shakur
Chase Strangio, ACLU LGBT & HIV Project
Tinkering with Violence: Effects of Carceral Reforms on LGBT Prisoners
Kristin Nicole Dukes, Simmons College
#SayHerName: Examining Perceptions and Representations of Black Women

Past Events 2014 - 15

Aisha Moodie-Mills, FIRE Initiative at the Center for American Progress
Jumping Beyond the Broom: Class, Race, and Poverty in the LGBT Movement
Kevin Cathcart, Lambda Legal Defense
HIV Discrimination and Criminalization
Joey Mogul, People’s Law Office, Chicago
Deceptive Gender Benders, Sexual Predators, and Homicidal Homos: The Ongoing Criminalization of LGBTQ People in the US
The Conflict Between LGBT Equality and Religious Liberty by Nan Hunter, Georgetown Law School
After Marriage: The Future of LGBT Activism

Past Events 2013 - 14

Hannah Landecker, University of California, Los Angeles
In the Aftermath of Categories: Metabolism, Reproduction, and Epigenetics
Miranda Waggoner, Princeton University
Programming the Fetus: Metaphor, Technology, and Population Health in the Postgenomic Age
Martine Lappé, UCLA Institute for Society and Genetics
Autism, the Maternal-Fetal Interface, and the Reconceptualization of Environmental Risk
Sarah Richardson, Harvard University
The Maternal Mystique: Knowing and Unknowing the Maternal-Fetal Interface
Aryn Martin, York University, Toronto
Is the Fetus Really an Organ Transplant? The Limits of Self-Talk in Immunology and Microchimerism Research
The Maternal Imprint: An Interdisciplinary Symposium on the Science of the Maternal-Fetal Interface

Past Events 2012 - 13

Ivy Schweitzer, Dartmouth College
"Making Equals: Classical Friendship and Contemporary Theory"
Michael Amico, Yale University
"Surpassing the Love of Marriage: Christianity and the Friendship between Two Civil War Soldiers"
Lisa Merrill, Hofstra University
"Charlotte Cushman’s Same-Sex Networks of Affection, Affiliation and Advocacy Against the Background of the United States Civil War"
Robert Reid-Pharr, City University of New York
"Pre-Packaged Rebellion: Langston Hughes, Federico Garcia Lorca, and the Economies of Queer Martyrdom"

Past Events 2011 - 12

Faith Smith, Brandeis University
"Sex and the Citizen: Interrogating the Caribbean"
Svati Shah, University of Massachusetts, Amherst
"Queer Cities and Rural Uprisings? Mapping New Frames of Modernity in India"
Keridwen Luis, Harvard University
“’Who Is Your Teacher?’ ‘You're Standing on Her’: Constructing Identity, Gender, and Community on Women's Land”
Christina Sharpe, Tufts University
”The Lie at the Center of Everything”
Monica White Ndounou, Tufts University
“Drama for 'Neglected People': Recovering Anna Julia Cooper's Dramatic Theory and Criticism from the Shadows of W.E.B. DuBois and Alain Locke"
Robin Bernstein, Harvard University
"Hand Knife Photograph: Performing Lesbian Histories"

Past Events 2010 - 11

Chaitanya Lakkimsetti, Harvard University
"'HIV is our Friend': Prostitution, Biopower and State in Postcolonial India"
Eng-Beng Lim, Brown University
"The Tropic Heat of G.A.P (Gay Asian Princess) Drama"
Inderpal Grewal, Yale University
"Outsourcing Patriarchy: National Anxieties, Transnational Mediations"
Eve Sicular, Independent writer, scholar, and filmmaker
"The Celluloid Closet of Yiddish Film: Queer Subtext in a Cinema of Diaspora"
Sarah Richardson, Harvard University
"Gendering the Genome: The Emerging Concept of Sex Differences in Human Genome Research"
Kimberly Juanita Brown, Northeastern University
"Framing Slavery's Black Embodiment: Photographic Incantations of the Visual"