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[UNCANCELED] Let's Talk About Sex Baby: Why Biological Sex Remains A Necessary Analytic Category in Anthropology

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November 8, 2023Wednesday, November 8th at 4 - 6 pm ET

Register now to see the panel that the American Anthropological Association (AAA) and the Canadian Anthropology Society (CASCA) removed from their conference program.

Join Heterodox Academy for a special virtual event uncanceling the panel event that the American Anthropological Association and the Canadian Anthropology Society removed from their November conference program: Let's Talk About Sex Baby: Why Biological Sex Remains A Necessary Analytic Category in Anthropology.

The two-hour online event will feature introductory opening remarks by HxA President John Tomasi and the panelists’ presentations followed by a brief discussion with Carole Hooven plus a Q&A period with the audience. Four papers will be presented in English and one in French, with a translation provided to viewers.

The panel, organized by Kathleen Lowrey, Associate Professor at University of Alberta, challenges the “increasingly common” tendency to substitute ‘sex’ with ‘gender’ despite there being “multiple domains of research in which biological sex remains irreplaceably relevant to anthropological analysis”.

Rather than the science on the topic being “settled” the expert panelists argue that, “contesting the transition from sex to gender in anthropological scholarship deserves much more critical consideration than it has hitherto received in major disciplinary fora like AAA / CASCA.”

The event is open to the public for registration here, but seats are limited. The event will also be livestreamed on YouTube, but only webinar registrants will have access to Q&A with panelists during the event.

Schedule of events:

4:00 PM ET: Opening remarks by President of HxA John Tomasi

4:10 PM ET: Paper presentations (15 minutes each)

  • With The Return of Grand Narratives, What Are Anthropologists Still Not Saying About Sex? by Kathleen Lowrey, Associate Professor at University of Alberta

  • No Bones About It: Skeletons Are Binary; People May Not Be. by Elizabeth Weiss, Professor at San José State University; Heterodox Academy Faculty Fellow

  • A Survey of Property Relations: How Tech Bought Into Gender Ideology and Sold Out Women by Kathleen Richardson, Professor at De Montfort University

  • Comment L'utilisation Idéologique de Concepts Anthropologiques Peut Soutenir L'exploitation (How the Ideological Use of Anthropological Concepts Can Support Exploitation) by Michèle Sirois, Présidente de PDF Québec. Note: This talk will be delivered in French, with an English translation provided to viewers.

  • The Intriguing Disappearance of Sex In Education Against Sex-Based Oppression by Silvia Carrasco, Professor at Autonomous University of Barcelona

5:25 PM ET: Discussion with Carole Hooven

5:35 PM ET: Q&A with audience (available only to webinar registrants)


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