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Event: Disturbing Bodies: Envy in the Medical Management of Intersex, Ellen Feder

Ellen Feder:

“Disturbing Bodies: Envy in the Medical Management of Intersex”


Tuesday, April 9, 2013 – 6:00pm – 7:30pm

Reading Room, 2nd Floor, Carriage House/LGBT Center 

3907 Spruce Street

Please join us for the following talk:

“Disturbing Bodies:  Envy in the Medical Management of Intersex”

Ellen K. Feder, Associate Professor of Philosophy, American University

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Abstract of the talk: In her talk, Professor Feder will discuss what she sees as the unexpected role of envy in the medical management of atypical sex anatomies.  She’ll begin by providing some background context with the work of psychologist and sexologist John Money whose research in the 1950s-60s provided the foundation of the first medical protocol for managing and treating intersex conditions in infants and young children, especially when the conditions produced “ambiguous” genitalia.  Professor Feder will then turn to a psychoanalytic analysis of envy as she proposes it operates in current management strategies of various intersex conditions.  Her approach is informed by feminist theory, philosophy, and bioethics, as well as by her work with activists, patients, parents, and doctors.

Ellen K. Feder works at the intersection of contemporary continental philosophy and feminist and critical race theory, particularly as these relate to matters of social policy. Her first book, Family Bonds: Genealogies of Race and Gender (Oxford, 2007) applies Foucault’s method to thinking about the intersecting “production” of race and gender, that is, how these categories are intelligible as categories, together with the way they come to make sense of us. Her second book, Making Sense of Intersex: Changing Ethical Perspectives in Biomedicine (forthcoming from Indiana University Press) extends the analysis to contemporary medical management of “intersex” bodies. Dr. Feder’s recent work has been published in theHastings Center ReportGLQ, and The Lancet. Dr. Feder has also participated in a task force charged with making recommendations about the current diagnosis of Gender Identity Disorder for the forthcoming edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders

The talk is open to Penn students, faculty, and staff but seating is limited so please RSVP here.


Equity in a Non-Profit Organization by Kim Crosby

Students, check out this fantastic Prezi presentation produced by Kim Katrin Crosby(@KimKatrinCrosby) that explains gender, racial, sexual, transphobic, and ableist institutional violence; gender, racial, sexual, cisgender, and able-body privilege; the lifelong labor of being an ally; and how non-profit organizations can and need to embody this type of critique rather than merely speak about it.


Fellowship: Penn UG Humanities Forum

Undergraduate Humanities Forum
Mellon Research Fellowships

University of Pennsylvania
Call for Applications, 2013–2014
Topic: Violence

Application Deadline: Friday, March 1, 2013

Download Application (Application Instructions, see below.)

The Penn Humanities Forum announces the availability of twelve Mellon Undergraduate Research Fellowships for the 2013–2014 academic year.

Nine awards of $1500, two of $1750, and one of $2000 are available for full-time Penn undergraduates enrolled in any school wishing to conduct independent research outside their academic coursework. Click here for descriptions of each award category.

Project proposals must relate to the Forum’s 2013–2014 theme, Violence. Students are encouragd to consider a variety of projects: research papers, performances, original exhibitions, multimedia, or innovative designs. Work may be individual or collaborative and could involve travel to libraries, archives, or other institutions. The only restriction on the content of proposals is that they must relate to PHF’s topic, Violence.

PHF Fellows are required to be in residence at Penn during their fellowship year and to attend biweekly seminars and other informal gatherings throughout the year, sometimes in the company of the Forum’s guest speakers. Students are encouraged to organize academic or cultural events for the group during the year according to their individual interests (e.g., a speaker, museum or concert trip, etc.). Fellows also help organize and attend the spring Undergraduate Humanities Forum Conference, at which they present their completed projects.

TO APPLY: Applications must be submitted online. Please read the following instructions carefully.

  • Complete the application.
  • Save it as a PDF. Your file must be named: _lastname_firstname.pdf (example: _franklin_ben.pdf).
  • Include as the last page of your PDF your Penn course transcript (unofficial version is fine).
  • To submit, upload your application here.
  • Also required is one confidential letter of recommendation from your department chair, another administrator, or a senior scholar in your field.
    Please ask your referee to upload that letter here no later than March 1, 2013. (Letters should not be emailed.)
  • NOTE: We strongly recommend that you request the letter at least six weeks before the March 1 deadline to allow the faculty member plenty of lead time, given his or her other responsibilities.

Application + Letter of Recommendation Deadline:
11:59pm EST, Friday, March 1, 2013.