Taking Gender, Sex and Sexuality into Account
MARCH 15, 2018
3:30pm | Andy’s Place
Board of Governors Research Chair Paul Vasey will discuss his work on gender and sexual expression amongst the Samoan Fa’afafine and Zapotec Muxe communities, while Board of Governors Research Chair Susanne Lenon speaks to her legal scholarship on marriage equality and polygamy in Canada. Both scholars examine the ways that cultural, social and political forces shape sex, gender and sexuality.
Paul Vasey | Professor of Psychology
Title: Third Gender Cultures
Abstract: Various cultures worldwide recognize non-binary individuals as members of a “third” gender. In Samoa, feminine males are known as fa’afafine, and among the Istmo Zapotec, feminine males are known as muxes. In this talk, I will present an overview of my 15 years of research at both of these fieldsites and discuss my work in relation to current controversies pertaining to transgender issues in Canada.
Suzanne Lenon | Professor of Women and Gender Studies
Title: Gender, Sexuality & the Politics of Race
Abstract: My approach to the study of gender and sexuality is explicitly feminist in its exploration of power, and foregrounds a critical race analytic to thinking about gender and sexuality in law and culture. In this talk, I will discuss recent feminist legal and public conversations over the continued criminalization of polygamy in Canada, drawing attention to historical and contemporary racialized relations of power that both circumscribe and produce public discourse about this social issue.