13e conférence – 29 janvier 2016

La conférence aura lieu le

vendredi 29 janvier 2016 à 13h

Université du Québec à Montréal, salle W-5215

Conférencière: Catherine Clune-Taylor

«Disordering Sex Development: An Account of the Pathology of Intersex Conditions»

Critiques regarding the identification of intersex bodies as pathological have been at the center of a tradition of both intersex activism and feminist academic scholarship criticizing the medical management of those with intersex conditions since the early 1990s. They are also at the center of much of the controversy that emerged in the aftermath of the official reclassification of intersex conditions as “disorders of sex development” or DSDs in 2006. However, despite over 20 years of debate among clinicians, academics, affected individuals and their caregivers regarding whether or not intersex conditions are indeed pathological, no clear account of their pathology, or specific justification for their identification as such has ever been offered. In this presentation, I will review the clinical practices recommended under the DSD treatment model to in order to outline and then critique the first account of the core pathology of intersex conditions to be offered in the literature in terms of cisgendered function, referring to the function of one’s physical sex characteristics are presumed to perform insofar as they are taken to provide a stable ground upon which reliable predictions about one’s future gender identity, behaviors, and preferences or desires can be made.

À propos de la conférencière:
Catherine Clune-Taylor, PhD is an Instructor at the University of Alberta in the Departments of Philosophy and of Women’s and Gender Studies. She recently defended her dissertation titled “From Intersex to DSD: A Foucauldian Analysis of the Science, Ethics and Politics of the Medical Production of Cisgendered Lives” under the supervision of Dr. Cressida Heyes, with Dr. Judith Butler serving as external examiner. Her research interests lie in the fields of Philosophy of Sex, Gender and Sexuality, Feminist Theory, Bioethics, and Philosophy of Science (with particular emphasis on Philosophy of Biology and of Medicine). She is the author of an article related to the topic of today’s presentation that appeared in PhaenEx: Journal of Existential and Phenomenological Theory and Culture, as well as of the entry on “Intersex Movements” appearing in The Wiley-Blackwell Encyclopedia of Gender and Sexuality Studies (Forthcoming 2016).