[Events] (Thur 4 March) Intersex, Bioethics and Psychoanalysis (Iain Morland, Cardiff University) and Ciara McMahon (medical doctor, psychotherapist, artist, Dublin)

Noreen.Giffney Noreen.Giffney at staffmail.ul.ie
Tue Feb 16 09:08:34 GMT 2010

Gender, Culture & Society Seminars @ UL Present:




DR IAIN MORLAND (Cardiff University, Wales)


Including a response by DR CIARA McMAHON (medical doctor, psychodynamic psychotherapist & artist, Dublin)


THURSDAY 4 MARCH 2010, 3.30-6.00 pm

ERB007, Engineering Research Building, University of Limerick



This seminar is hosted by Women's Studies @ UL (http://www.ul.ie/womensstudies)



Building on queer critiques of urban zoning, this paper will critique genital surgery for intersex as a practice whereby the body is zoned into areas of sexual difference. This lecture will map the psychic experience of such zoning as the establishment of zones of different tactility-for example a body part of diminished post-surgical tactility, next to an unmodified body part of normal tactility. In the light of accounts of genital surgery as simultaneously morally injurious and destructive of bodily integrity, this seminar will analyse how the difference between such post-surgical zones is experienced as a loss.


Chapter for Discussion:

Delegates should read the following article in preparation for this seminar: Iain Morland, 'What Can Queer Theory Do for Intersex?' in GLQ: A Journal of Lesbian and Gay Studies 15.2 (2009): 285-312. Copies are available electronically from noreen.giffney at ul.ie


Iain Morland is a lecturer in cultural criticism at Cardiff University. His research interests are gender and sexuality studies, cultural studies of science, narratology, psychoanalysis, and critical theory. Iain has published widely on the ethics, theory, and psychology of intersex in interdisciplinary journals such as Textual Practice, Continuum, and Feminism & Psychology. He is editor (with Annabelle Willox) of Queer Theory (Palgrave, 2005), and editor of a special issue of GLQ: A Journal of Lesbian and Gay Studies 15:2 (2009) titled Intersex and After.



Ciara McMahon (MB, BCh, BAO, FPC, DCH, MICGP) has an MB, BCh, BAO from Trinity College Dublin and subsequently became a member or both the Irish College of General Practitioners and the Royal College of General Practice. She trained as a psychodynamic psychotherapist at the Tivoli Institute in Dun Laoghaire. She has also lectured on the Royal College of Surgeons Vocational Training Scheme, Dublin as an assistant programme director. At present she is pursuing a Masters at the National College of Art and Design in Dublin. She has exhibited her work in a number of shows. 


Seminar Schedule:

3.30 Intersex, Bioethics & Psychoanalysis (Dr Noreen Giffney, Women's Studies, Department of Sociology, University of Limerick)


4.00 Queering the Surgical Public Sphere: Organising the Postsurgical Intersex Body (Dr Iain Morland, Cardiff University, Wales)


4.40 Informal response (Dr Ciara McMahon, medical doctor, psychodynamic psychotherapist & artist, Dublin)


4.50 Short break


5.00 Discussion of presentation and required reading


6.00 Thanks and close of seminar


Everyone is welcome but pre-registration is necessary. Please note there are a limited number of places available so early registration is advised. To register and for further information, contact Dr Noreen Giffney, Women's Studies, Department of Sociology: noreen.giffney at ul.ie



This event forms part of the new Gender, Culture & Society seminar series at the University of Limerick. The Gender, Culture & Society (GCS) seminar series runs in tandem with the new MA in Gender, Culture and Society, convened by Women's Studies in the Department of Sociology. GCS aims to revisit debates within gender and sexuality studies in order to celebrate, challenge and rethink them by pushing the field in new directions. GCS is committed to supporting highly theoretical work and pioneering efforts in the areas of gender and sexuality. All speakers are invited and include thinkers whose work has had or will have a formidable influence on the development of critical theory and gender and sexuality. Seminar themes include: posthumanism and bioethics, intersex, discourses of embodiment, queer theory, theories of the image, masculinities, gender and sexuality in clinical psychoanalysis, and critical theory and the maternal. The emphasis is on discussion. For further details, contact Dr Noreen Giffney, Women's Studies, Department of Sociology: noreen.giffney at ul.ie See http://www.ul.ie/womensstudies <https://staffexchange7.ul.ie/exchweb/bin/redir.asp?URL=https://staffexchange7.ul.ie/exchweb/bin/redir.asp?URL=http://www.ul.ie/womensstudies>  for a list of upcoming events in the series.

Noreen Giffney, PhD (NUI)
Women's Studies http://www.ul.ie/womensstudies
Room F2024, Foundation Building
Department of Sociology http://www.ul.ie/sociology
University of Limerick
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