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Critical Intersex

Deadline: May 01, 2007

Call for Papers

CRITICAL INTERSEX

A collection of essays, forthcoming in the Queer Interventions book series at Ashgate Press

As part of the new series Queer Interventions with Ashgate Press (series editors, Noreen Giffney and Michael O'Rourke), I am seeking contributions for an edited collection examining a broad range of issues that hinge on the perception, structure, and social positioning of intersex(uality) outside of the contemporary U.S. context. I am looking for work that can speak to the proliferation of Western medical discourses and technologies into non-Western contexts, and which may, perhaps, be used to achieve different ends than those typical of US diagnostic and assignment practices. Essays that examine intersex either prior to the 1950s in the US, or are located in geographical contexts outside the U.S. are welcome.

Work that addresses one or more of the following broadly stated concerns is especially welcome but potential contributors should feel free to propose other approaches as well.

  • medical professionalisation and career advancement through research on the diagnostic assessment and treatment of intersex.
  • assessment of intersections of intersex with discourses of racialized hierarchies (including taxonomies that crisscross racial and sexual 'deviance')
  • post-colonial assessments of identity and embodiment in a context of Globalized Western medicine (where, for example, surgeons may 'donate' their services to non-Western children diagnosed with intersex)
  • work on the constitutive elements of power (juridical, medical, and other discursive structures that shape the meaning of intersex more generally (e.g., bioethics, disability rights, theories of embodiment)
  • queer identity categories as places of promise, resistance, and of refuge -- and their limitations for intersex persons
  • the limitations and promise of attempts to positively value intersex states (problems of fetishisation of difference, exoticism etc)
  • critical theory on the ontology of intersex in non-US contexts.
  • the trouble with casting contemporary understandings of intersex vis-a-vis human rights (i.e. to what degree are "human" rights actually historically and culturally specific)
  • epistemologies other than rational Western dualism to take account of "human" in the context of knowing and thinking intersex

Abstracts should arrive no later than 1 December 2006; receipt of submissions 1 May 2007.

Please send your abstracts of 150 words, in either MS-Word or RTF format, via email to:

Dr. Morgan Holmes
Department of Sociology, Wilfrid Laurier University
Waterloo, ON, Canada

mholmes@wlu.ca

Further information about the Queer Interventions book series can be found at the   Web Site

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