Thursday 1 February 2018, Project Space Plus Gallery, 5.30pm
Private viewing and official opening of the Transitional States video art exhibition.
Each of the public discussions is open to anyone and there is no cost to attend. There is no need to reserve a seat.
Thursday 8 February 2018, Jackson Lecture Theatre, 6-8pm
“From Silence of the Lambs to Orange is the New Black: Changing Representations of Trans People.”
In 1991, the public was terrorised by the image of a supposedly trans-identifying serial killer in Silence of the Lambs. Their subsequent demise at the hands of the movie’s heroine saw the defeat of a much reviled character who was at odds with the experiences and representations of the trans community.
For many years, the media, films and culture at large were characterised by a lack of positive representations of trans women and trans men.
Yet as the 2010s began, trans people entered the mainstream media in a more positive light, especially with the launch of television series such as Orange is the New Black, Transparent and Boy Meets Girl.
This public discussion focuses on the representations of trans and gender diverse people in media, films and culture and will look at what has changed – and what has not – when it comes to their representation within mainstream media.
Thursday 15 February 2018, Jackson Lecture Theatre, 6-8pm
“Sex, Science and the Body: Medicine and LGBTIQ People.”
Throughout much of history, sexual behaviours like homosexuality were predominantly regulated by religious concerns. However, this changed in the nineteenth century when medicine took an increasing interest in what they termed ‘sexual deviancies’.
Perhaps the most famous example of a medical intervention around sexual behaviours is that of the famous World War II code-breaker, Alan Turing, who endured ‘medical treatment’ because of his homosexuality.
This public discussion will look at how science and medicine has treated homosexuals, medical views of trans people, and current debates about ‘gender dysphoria’. Finally, it will offer some thoughts on the ongoing debates about hormone treatments and surgery without consent on intersex individuals and offer some thoughts on changes for the future.
Thursday 22 February 2018, Jackson Lecture Theatre, 6-8pm
“Girls Gone Wild: Women Use Hormones to Take Control?”
Are women controlled by their hormones or do they control them? Or is it neither? Have pharmaceutical companies developed a multi-billion pound industry out of convincing women that hormones are something they can control? If there is such a thing as control, how is this gained and maintained? And what impact can and will new technologies have on these kinds of treatments?
All of these questions will be raised and addressed as we begin our discussion by presenting the works of two artists from the Transitional States exhibition. We will then welcome historians of medicine and sexuality who will offer differing perspectives on the use of hormones throughout recent history.
This discussion will address topics such as the history of the contraceptive pill, IVF and the introduction of new medical technologies, with a specific focus on whether such technologies have changed women’s sexual behaviour.