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SPECIAL THEME ISSUE OF THE JOURNAL OF HOMOSEXUALITY

In this special issue of the Journal of Homosexuality we consider the spaces, places, and
localities in which bioethical concerns and dilemmas for LGBTQ persons arise. Recent
scholarship in bioethics, disability studies, and queer theory has focused prominently on
the institutional and circumstantial factors that impact the appreciations, services, and
needs of marginalized populations. To that end, numerous scholars from a variety of
traditions have weighed-in on the spatial and organizational strategies (both accidental
and intentional) of municipalities, nations, and other spaces to consider the complexities
of those in need of public services. Bearing in mind this recent intellectual trend, this
special issue will provide discourse on a central question: How do we appreciate and
understand the special needs and special sensitivities of queer parties in the clinical realm
(public and private) given the constraints of location, space, and geography? This special
issue will attempt to “map” (literally and figuratively) the healthcare sensitivities of
LGBTQ persons, considering these over-arching questions:

• What are the prominent, queer sites of contention, contagion, and discourse?
• How does the proximity of these spaces (as safe or otherwise) affect and effect their (il)
legitimacy?
• Where do we posit the queerness of healthcare; and the health of queerness?
• With maps featured prominently in this special issue, what do the topography,
geography, and spatiality of queer health look like cartographically? And how is this a
useful strategy?

Coming Fall 2014.
 

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ASBH AFFINITY GROUP MEETING

Details to follow.
 

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ASBH AFFINITY GROUP MEETING

San Diego – October 22, 2010

Please join us for a “meet and greet” luncheon for the new Bioethics, Sexuality and Gender Identity Affinity Group at the American Society of Bioethics and Humanities annual meeting.

WHERE: Hilton San Diego Bayfront Hotel

WHEN: Friday, October 22, 2010 11:30-1:00

Hope to see you there!

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CALL FOR PAPERS

Special Issue of the Journal of Bioethical Inquiry: “Bioethics, Sexuality and Gender Identity”

Guest Editors: Lance Wahlert and Autumn Fiester

We invite the submission of abstracts for a special issue of the Journal of Bioethical Inquiry that will focus on the pressing ethical issues that lie at the intersection of sexuality, gender identity, and bioethics. Persons who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer/questioning or intersex (LGBTQI) face myriad bioethics-related challenges in their encounters within the medical system. While bioethical issues sometimes differ across LGBTQI groups, their health care providers, and their care-givers, there remains the common theme of the considerable impact of sexuality and gender identity issues in healthcare access and treatment. Although there is some bioethics scholarship that addresses a limited set of these concerns, in general, the intersection of bioethics with sexuality and gender identity remains largely uncharted terrain.

Themes for the special issue could include:

  • LGBT healthcare access
  • recognition of LGBT patient surrogates
  • trans-youth treatment and decision-making
  • HIV/AIDS stigma
  • LGBT-related disability & bioethics
  • stereotyping and homophobia in clinical encounters
  • infertility treatment access for LGBT patients
  • hetero-biased sex education
  • gay conversion/aversion therapies
  • psychological resources for persons in gender transition
  • scientific research into gay etiology
  • safe/safer sex debates
  • geriatrics and senior healthcare for queer and trans persons
  • gay eugenics

Abstract submissions should be 500-1,000 words in length and are due by December 10, 2010. Abstracts should be.

It is anticipated that this special issue will be published in September 2012.

The Journal of Bioethical Inquiry is a forum for discussing and debating ethical, cultural and social issues arising in medicine, the health sciences and health care in general. Coverage includes core areas of conventional bioethics, such as research, clinical practice and medical technology. The journal also addresses questions of pressing contemporary relevance, such as the implications of current world events for the health of populations, and critical analyses of specific social policies around the world and their likely impact on health and welfare and systems of power.

http://www.springer.com/medicine/journal/11673

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CALL FOR PAPERS

Special Issue of the Journal of Medical Humanities: “Queer in the Clinic”

Guest Editors: Lance Wahlert and Autumn Fiester

We invite the submission of abstracts for a special issue of the Journal of Medical Humanities, which will consider queer perspectives on and queer experiences in the clinic. While all professionals and patients face dilemmas within the medical sphere, for LGBTQ individuals the stakes are especially pronounced and complicated. According to critical theorists like Michel Foucault and others, the clinic is an intensely problematic space for queers because many of their identities and categories were born there. While debatable, such a historical and scholastic legacy hangs heavy over our readings and renderings of gay and trans persons in the medical realm. Stated succinctly: Historically having been born out of medical pathology, how do queer persons understand and even reconcile their relationships to the clinic today?

This special issue of the Journal of Medical Humanities will be concerned with the voices and perspectives of LGBTQ persons in the medical sphere – the dilemmas they face in the clinic, the influences that sexuality and gender identity have on a person’s patient-hood, and the factors that create distinctively queer perspectives on medicine.

Some over-arching questions that inform this special issue include:

  • What does the experience of being lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, or intersex in a medical encounter look like – as either patient or health-care provider?
  • How do queer sexualities and gender identities factor into clinical relationships, the experience of being ill, and the negotiations for treatment and care?
  • Does a pervading heteronormativity impinge upon queer patients, their partners, families, caregivers, or health care providers?
  • What does homophilic or queer-affirming clinical care look like?
  • How do homosexuality and gender-nonconformity affect/effect some of the most vulnerable patient populations: children, adolescents, the elderly, and the disabled?

Submissions are welcome in a wide range of scholastic and methodological forms for this special issue on “Queer in the Clinic,” including:

  • Literary analyses
  • Historical and historiographical studies
  • Philosophical interventions
  • Visual and cinema studies projects
  • Photojournalistic pieces
  • Autobiographical memoirs
  • Anthropological and sociological studies
  • Bioethical commentaries
  • Religious studies perspectives
  • Artistic representations of queerness

Abstract submissions should be 1,000-1,500 words in length and are due by February 15, 2011. Abstracts should be submitted to: submissions@queerbioethics.org.

It is anticipated that this special issue will be published in Winter 2013.

The Journal of Medical Humanities publishes original papers reflecting its broad perspective on interdisciplinary studies of medicine and medical education. Research findings emerge from three areas of investigation: medical humanities, cultural studies, and pedagogy. Medical humanities coverage includes literature, history, philosophy, and bioethics as well as areas of the social and behavioral sciences that have strong humanistic traditions. Inquiries based on cultural studies may include multidisciplinary activities involving the humanities; women’s, African-American, and other critical studies; media studies and popular culture; and sociology and anthropology. Lastly, pedagogical perspectives elucidate what and how knowledge is made and valued in medicine, how that knowledge is expressed and transmitted, and the ideological basis of medical education.

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ASBH AFFINITY GROUP MEETING

Minneapolis – October 14, 2011

Please join us for a “wine and cheese” meeting of the Bioethics, Sexuality and Gender Identity Affinity Group at the American Society of Bioethics and Humanities annual meeting.

WHERE: Hyatt Minneapolis Hotel

WHEN: Friday, October 14, 2011 5:45-7:00pm

Hope to see you there!

 

queerbioethics.org

CALL FOR PAPERS

Special Issue of the Journal of Homosexuality: “Mapping Queer Bioethics: Space, Place, and Locality”

Guest Editors: Lance Wahlert and Autumn Fiester

We invite the submission of abstracts for a special double-issue of the Journal of Homosexuality, which will consider the spaces, places, and localities in which bioethical concerns and dilemmas for LGBTQ persons arise. Recent scholarship in bioethics, disability studies, and queer theory has focused prominently on the institutional and circumstantial factors that impact the appreciations, services, and needs of marginalized populations. To that end, numerous scholars from a variety of traditions have weighed-in on the spatial and organizational strategies (both accidental and intentional) of municipalities, nations, and other spaces to consider the complexities of those in need of public services. Bearing in mind this recent intellectual trend, this special issue will provide discourse on a central question: How do we appreciate and understand the special needs and special sensitivities of queer parties in the clinical realm (public and private) given the constraints of location, space, and geography?

Accordingly, we seek contributors from numerous disciplines to provide insights on how queer health needs might be space and place specific. How do the needs of trans persons differ in the clinic, in the classroom, and in the boardroom? Does the pedagogical value of queer-positive sex education policies differ in the high school, in the courtroom, and in the legislative house? Do the ethics of safe(r) sex standards change when we consider disparate spaces such as the bathhouse, the bedroom, and the hospital? Does the act of memorializing queer health and queer sexuality change between the archive, the home, the church, and the art gallery? More boldly (and perhaps more discerningly), what continuities can we identify across these various spaces?

This special issue will attempt to “map” (literally and figuratively) the healthcare sensitivities of LGBTQ persons, considering these over-arching questions:

• What are the prominent, queer sites of contention, contagion, and discourse?

• How does the proximity of these spaces (as safe or otherwise) affect and effect their (il)legitimacy?

• Where do we posit the queerness of healthcare; and the health of queerness?

• With maps featured prominently in this special issue, what do the topography, geography, and spatiality of queer health look like cartographically? And how is this a useful strategy?

 

Abstract submissions should be 1,000-1,500 words in length and are due by October 15, 2011. Abstracts should be submitted to: submissions@queerbioethics.org.

It is anticipated that this special issue will be published in Winter 2013.

 

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SYMPOSIUM

Queer Bioethics: A Symposium on Bioethics, Sexuality and Gender Identity

Thursday, March 29 | The University of Pennsylvania

ALL EVENTS ARE FREE | No registration required

Hall of Flags | Houston Hall

3417 Spruce Street, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA 19104

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PROGRAM

2:00 PM

Welcoming Remarks

LANCE WAHLERT

Public film screening and workshop

A selection of two short films related to queer bioethics

Dottie Gets Spanked (1993 | dir. Todd Haynes | 30 mins.)

The ADS Epidemic (1987 | dir. John Greyson | 5 mins.)

Discussion to follow

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3:30 PM

“I Caught It at the Movies: Medical History,

Queer Theory, and the Cinema of Contagion”

LANCE WAHLERT

Director, Project on Bioethics, Sexuality, & Gender Identity

Perelman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania

Respondent: Mia Mask

Associate Professor of Film, Vassar College

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5:00 PM

“Queer Chronicities”

ELIZABETH FREEMAN

Professor of English

University of California, Davis

Respondent: Heather K. Love

R. Jean Brownlee Associate Professor of English, University of Pennsylvania

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6:30 PM

Reception

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7:00 PM

“Learning from Philadelphia: Retroviral Invisibility

and the Tracing of HIV/HCV Networks”

LISA CARTWRIGHT

Professor of Communication and Science Studies

University of California, San Diego

Respondent: Mara Mills

Assistant Professor of Media, Culture, and Communication, NYU

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Closing Remarks

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QUEER BIOETHICS CONFERENCE

“Bioethics, Sexuality, and Gender Identity: A Queering of the Field”

Philadelphia, Sept. 21, 2012

9:00-5:00, Houston Hall, University of Pennsylvania

FREE — no registration required

Speakers include:

Deborah Gould, Associate Professor of Feminist Studies, UC – Santa Cruz

Sander L. Gilman, Director, Program in Psychoanalysis, and Distinguished Professor of the Liberal Arts and Sciences, Professor of Psychiatry, Emory University.

David Halperin, W.H. Auden Distinguished University Professor of the History and Theory of Sexuality, University of Michigan

Cindy Patton, Professor of Sociology and Anthropology, Simon Fraser University

Jennifer Terry, Associate Professor of Women’s Studies, UC – Irvine

Max Cavitch, Associate Professor, English, University of Pennsylvania

Heather Love, Associate Professor, English, University of Pennsylvania

Beth Linker, Associate Professor, History and Sociology of Science, University of Pennsylvania

Sharrona Pearl, Assistant Professor, Annenberg School for Communication, University of Pennsylvania

Lance Wahlert, Director, Project on Bioethics, Sexuality, and Gender Identity, University of Pennsylvania

View the Conference 2012 program

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SPECIAL THEME ISSUE OF THE JOURNAL OF BIOETHICAL INQUIRY

Bioethics, Sexuality, and Gender Identity

Journal of Bioethical Inquiry 9:3 (September 2012)

A complete Table of Contents for the special issue can be found here.


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ASBH AFFINITY GROUP MEETING

Washington, D.C. – October 20, 2012

Please join us for our annual “wine and cheese” reception for the Bioethics, Sexuality and Gender Identity Affinity Group at the American Society of Bioethics and Humanities annual meeting.

WHERE: Hyatt Regency Washington on Capitol Hill

WHEN: Saturday, October 20, 2012 – 7:00-8:30 pm

Hope to see you there!

 


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SPECIAL THEME ISSUE OF THE JOURNAL OF MEDICAL HUMANITIES

The Project on Queer Bioethics (www.queerbioethics.org) is pleased to announce the second special theme issue on LGBT Bioethics.

Wahlert, L. and Fiester, A., guest editors, “Queer in the Clinic,” The Journal of Medical Humanities, 2013, Volume 34, No. 2.

View the “Queer in the Clinic” issue of the Journal of Medical Humanities

TABLE OF CONTENTS

Editorial
Queer in the Clinic
Lance Wahlert & Autumn Fiester
Guest Editors

I. Queer Patients and the Health Care Professional—Regulatory Arrangements Matter
Udo Schuklenk & Ricardo Smalling

I Want to Hold Your Hand: Abstinence Curricula, Bioethics, and the Silencing of Desire
Abby Wilkerson

The Clinic and the Tearoom
Geoffrey Rees

Que(e)rying the Clinic before AIDS: Practicing Self-help and Transversality in the 1970s
Lisa Diedrich

The Burden of Poofs: Criminal Pathology, Clinical Scrutiny, and Homosexual Etiology in Queer Cinema
Lance Wahlert

Queerin’ the PGD Clinic
Robert Sparrow

Cancer Knowledge in the Plural: Queering the Biopolitics of Narrative and Affective Mobilities
Mary K.Bryson & Jackie Stacey

Tales of Plagues and Carnivals: Samuel R. Delany, AIDS, and the Grammar of Dissent
Thomas Lawrence Long

Queering the Fertility Clinic
Laura Mamo

The Waiting Room: Ontological Homelessness, Sexual Synecdoche, and Queer Becoming
Hilary Malatino

The Surgical Suite
Eric Plemons

The Human Simulation Lab—Dissecting Sex in the Simulator Lab: The Clinical Lacuna of Transsexed Embodiment
Ben Singer

The Endocrinologist’s Office—Puberty Suppression: Saving Children from a Natural Disaster?
Sahar Sadjadi

The Geriatric Clinic: Dry and Limp: Aging Queers, Zombies, and Sexual Reanimation
Shaka McGlotten & Lisa Jean Moore

II.Foreword–As Per Verse: The Queer in the Clinic in the Poem
Sarah Dowling

..The Empty Form Goes All the Way to Heaven
Brian Teare

A Sentence, from Sik
Katie L. Price

Wednesday HIV Clinic
Rafael Campo

…from Shredded Suite
Susan Holbrook

MNEMONIC: /AGIYOTLI/PAINMNEMONIC: /ADANEDI/GIFT
Qwo-Li Driskill

…from Lyric Sexology
Trish Salah

III. Forward–The Visual Culture of the Queer in the Clinic
Sharrona Pearl

Bodies, Transfigurations, and Bloodlust in Edie Fake’s Graphic Novel
Gaylord Phoenix

Brian Cremins

 


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ASBH AFFINITY GROUP MEETING

 

Atlanta – October 25, 2013

Please join us for a “wine and cheese” for the Bioethics, Sexuality, and Gender Identity Affinity Group at the American Society of Bioethics and Humanities annual meeting.

WHERE: Atlanta Hilton

WHEN: Friday, October 25, 2013, 5:45-7:00 pm

Hope to see you there!