|Feb 16, 2009||5:00pm - 6:30pm||CRASSH, 17 Mill Lane|
Dr Celia Roberts (Department of Sociology, Lancaster University)
In this paper, I tell stories about puberty in order to critically question how pubescent bodies are understood in contemporary biomedical discourses. The paper is based on critical readings of diverse texts, including medical papers and textbooks, media articles, artworks, and internet resources, and is inspired by work in science and technology studies, social studies of health and medicine and feminist theory. My argument suggests that some pubescent bodies – those considered ‘pathological’ – are today becoming sites for seriously consequential biomedical intervention. Feminists should pay attention to this fact, not only because, as I will show, the boundaries of ‘pathological puberty’ are currently being redrawn, but also because we have much to learn here about the ways in which contemporary sexed bodies come into being as bio-social entities.
All welcome. No registration required.
Part of the Cambridge Interdisciplinary Reproduction Forum