Fall 2023 Feminist Lunch Series

Please mark your calendars for the first talk of our Fall 2023 Feminist Lunch Series to be given on Friday, Sept. 29 at 12:00pm in Harriet Irving Library’s Innovation Hub, Room #316 (third floor), on UNB Campus in Fredericton by Dr. Celeste Orr (GWS/Sociology at UNB). 

The talk is titled: “Accounting for Intersex: Anti-Trans Policies, Ableism & Medical Authority”.  

How do anti-trans policies account for the existence of intersex people yet still claim the sex/gender binary is an immutable fact? They mobilize ableist rhetoric. Orr outlines how this rhetoric further institutionalizes intersex genital mutilation and may be exploited to label parents of intersex children abusive if they challenge medical authority.

Dr. Orr was hired in the Wendy J. Robbins Professorship in Gender and Women’s Studies at the University of New Brunswick in 2023. They are also appointed to the Sociology department. Their recently published book, Cripping Intersex (UBC Press, 2022), investigates how intersex and interphobia intersect with disability and ableism to propose a new field – crip intersex studies – and argues for a crip approach to intersex activism and scholarship. Their current SSHRC-supported project is to understand the ways queer people anticipate violence from outside and within the queer community and the embodied impacts of said anticipation.

All are welcome!

The next event will be held on Oct. 13th with a talk by Martha Paynter from UNB Nursing. Mark your calendar!

The Feminist Lunch Series is organized by the UNB Gender & Women’s Studies Program, the UNB/STU University Women’s Centre, UNB Libraries and UNB Alumnae association. For more information on the series, contact Sophie Lavoie (lavoie@unb.ca).

Facebook Event (please invite friends): https://www.facebook.com/events/2229290203948297.

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