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Bio-Humanities Interchange: Sex, hormones, and behavior

Event Type
IPRH, supported by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation
IPRH Lecture Hall, Levis Faculty Center, Fourth Floor (919 West Illinois Street, Urbana, IL)
Oct 26, 2017   4:00 pm  
Originating Calendar
Illinois Program for Research in the Humanities (IPRH)

Biohumanities Interchange events bring together scholars from the humanities and life sciences to compare notes on how disciplinary and transdisciplinary methodologies give shape to shared research objects.


Celia Roberts, Professor of Sociology and Gender and Women’s Studies at Lancaster University, will talk about her research on the dynamic interplay between gender politics and research on hormones, fitness, and health.


Sari van Anders, Associate Professor of Psychology and Gender and Women’s Studies at University of Michigan, will talk about how she uses insights from feminist and queer theory to pose different questions for laboratory research in social neuroendocrinology.


Celia Roberts is Professor of Gender and Science Studies in the Department of Sociology, Lancaster University, UK. She is also the Co-Director of the Centre for Gender and Women’s Studies at Lancaster. Celia works on issues relating to sex/gender, sexuality and sexual development, as well as ageing and new technologies of care. She is the author of Messengers of Sex: Hormones, biomedicine and feminism (Cambridge University Press, 2007) and Puberty in Crisis: The sociology of early sexual development (Cambridge University Press, 2015) and is currently writing a book on health biosensing with Maggie Mort and Adrian Mackenzie.


Dr. Sari van Anders is Associate Professor of Psychology and Women’s Studies at the University of Michigan, and affiliated with both Neuroscience and Science, Technology, and Society. Dr. van Anders’ research sets out new ways to conceptualize, understand, and map gender/sex, sexual diversity, and sexuality, and also provides unique tools and theories for feminist and queer bioscience, focusing on social neuroendocrinology. Dr. van Anders has been recognized with awards such as the 2016 Distinguished Publication Award from the Association for Women in Psychology, the 2014 Beach Young Investigator Award from the Society for Behavioral Neuroendocrinology, the 2012 Reiss Theory Award from the Foundation for the Scientific Study of Sexuality, the 2013 Spence Award for Transformative Early Career Contributions from the Association for Psychological Science, and has been named a “Scientist to Watch” by The Scientist. Dr. van Anders is Editor of the Annual Review of Sex Research and extensively involved in institutional change efforts, and has been recognized with the 2016 Committee on Women in Psychology Leadership Award from the American Psychological Association.

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