Lecture: Preempting "The Breasts that Will Have to Be Removed:" Puberty Suppression and Pediatric Gender Transition | Gender, Sexuality, and Women's Studies
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Lecture: Preempting "The Breasts that Will Have to Be Removed:" Puberty Suppression and Pediatric Gender Transition

February 15, 2018 - 4:00pm - 5:30pm
Speaker/Participants: 
Sahar Sadjadi, PhD, Visiting Professor in Bioethics and Pediatrics

Sponsored by the Gender, Sexuality, & Women’s Studies Program and the Center for Bioethics & Health Law at the University of Pittsburgh

During the past few years, the introduction and rapid acceptance of “puberty suppression” has transformed the clinical treatment of gender variance in children. Based on an ethnographic study of the field of pediatric gender management, this lecture offers a brief history of puberty suppression and explores the affective and temporal politics of this medical intervention.

Sahar Sadjadi is an anthropologist and medical doctor whose research lies at the intersection of science and technology, gender and sexuality and childhood studies. She studied medicine at Tehran University of Medical Sciences and received her PhD in medical anthropology at Columbia University. She conducted an ethnographic multi-sited study of the clinical practices around gender non-conforming children and the revision of the psychiatric category, Gender Identity Disorder in Children. Her research has been funded by the Wenner-Gren Foundation and National Science Foundation.  She is an assistant professor of Sexuality, Women’s and Gender Studies Department at Amherst College, and is currently writing about the medical interventions that suppress or delay puberty in children.

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