The 2014 Adelaide Feast Festival guide is out, including details of a forum that i am involved in. Please do come along and join in a discussion about surrogacy in Australia – an important topic that needs input from many voices in a respectful and engaged way. I will be using my recent piece in The Conversation as a springboard from which to make a contribution to the forum.
A piece I have been working on for a while for The Conversation has just come out. Slightly more controversial than the last piece written with Clemence Due and Martha Augoustinos, but hopefully it will generate some healthy and robust debate about the topic of commercial surrogacy, and provide some new ways of thinking about the topic.
We received a wonderful positive response to our recent piece in The Conversation. It is great to see some positive coverage of the issues facing refugees coming to Australia, and that those who engaged with the piece could appreciate our argument for moving beyond a sole focus on English language acquisition.
Whilst in the UK I will also be attending a conference at Cambridge University on Sperm Science, Sterility and Masculinity. This will be a wonderful opportunity to workshop papers that will be presented at the conference. Full details are available at the ReproSoc website, please contact the conference organisers if you wish to attend. I will be presenting on aspects of this paper I co-wrote with Brett Scholz and this paper that appeared in a special issue of Health Sociology Review.
Next week I am off to the UK to attend a number of work-related events, including giving this seminar at the University of Worcester. If you are around please do come along, and RSVP to Michelle as per the this flyer 🙂 In the seminar I will be presenting on aspects of this paper I co-wrote with Dr Gávi Ansara and Dr Gareth Treharne.
I am pleased to be keynoting at the Asia-Oceania Federation of Sexology conference in Brisbane in October. It looks to be a very exciting conference and I am pleased to see so many important (and often marginalised) topics included in the programme. Details of the conference are available here.
I am giving a public lecture on Thursday February 20th at the Centre for Muslim and non-Muslim Understanding on the topic of adoption. Full details are available here, the lecture is open to the general public.
I was really pleased to be invited by the Australian Psychological Society to give a webinar to APS members and other interested people on the topic of the DSM5 diagnosis of ‘gender dysphoria’. The webinar will aim to provide an overview of the contentious nature of this diagnosis as well as to more broadly discuss the needs of gender variant clients when engaging with mental health professionals. Registration is open via the APS website.