Event – Born this way

event-born-header“This multidisciplinary event is hosted by the School’s  Biological Anthropology Research Group and CISoR: Centre for Interdisciplinary Studies of Reproduction.

“Born this way” in contemporary science:
Multidisciplinary approaches to sexuality and gender
Tuesday 24th November
Darwin Conference Suite

Sexuality is an important topic in society and life. It is also one that has traditionally been seen through a very heteronormative lens. Lots of research addresses the origin of two distinct sexes in tome-like fashion. Research on behaviour tends to focus on opposite-sex mating, marriage and motivations, but ignores the broader spectrum of sexualities that actually depict human populations.

Now we know that sexual orientation is not a choice and that it is highly variable, but that society also shapes the underlying orientation in myriad ways. A topic this complex needs perspective from multiple levels and disciplines. Recent work in numerous fields will be used as a platform to discuss up-to-date research on many levels, from the biological (where does sex come from?), to the social (how does society shape sexual behaviour, orientation and acceptance given the underlying biological motivations and orientations?). We want to discuss where research is now, where it is headed, and how it can be applied to issues of health and equality.

The event consists of six talks by experts in multiple disciplines, presenting research from multiple perspectives, and concludes with a panel discussion. There are opportunities for audience participation at the end of each talk, as well as during the final discussion. The goal is an open yet critical atmosphere to discuss these exciting topics.

There are a lot of pressing needs for wider dissemination of research on this topic. We hope you will come and take part in the discussion.

The speakers are:

  • Peter Goodfellow (University of Kent) – Chromosomes, Genes, Hormones and Sex
  • Gerulf Rieger (University of Essex, psychology) – Gender Nonconformity and Sexual Orientation: The Link from Childhood to Adulthood
  • Diana Fleischman (University of Portsmouth, psychology) – Affiliation as Sexual Motivation and the Evolution of Same-Sex Sexual Behaviour
  • Jamie Lawson (Durham University, biological anthropology) – Organising Gender: Sex, Gender and Evolutionary Psychology
  • Steve Lyon (Durham University, social anthropology) – Gender, Sexual Behaviours and Health in Pakistan
  • Marian Duggan (University of Kent, criminology) – Inherently Human: Exploring Difference and Assimilation in Sexual Orientation Equality Discourses

Schedules, titles and abstracts can be found here.

For any questions, please contact Oskar Burger.


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