IJFAB blog

The International Journal of Feminist Approaches to Bioethics has developed a fantastic blog with a lot of really interesting contributors, including Eva Kittay, Margrit Shildrick, and many others.

Ellen Feder recently posted an entry in memory of Ruby, the woman whose experiences with her intersex daughters helped Ellen develop her critique of normalizing surgeries (to correct atypical sex anatomy) carried out at infancy.

Among other thoughtful posts, see Lynette Reid’s entry on cancer prevention, biocitizenry, and Angelina Jolie’s double mastectomy.


just returned from Dallas

where I had a wonderful time at CVMST’s 3rd annual conference. I especially enjoyed talks by Kim Knight (on the explosion of restrictions on and new legislation chipping away at reproductive rights, at a time when “vagina” and “uterus” are considered vulgar words in Congress!), Jessica Murphy (on greensickness in English Renaissance literature), and Adrienne Asch (on selecting children’s traits and parenthood).

Thanks to Matthew J. Brown (Director of CVMST) and Magdalena Grohman (Associate Director) for organizing such a strong conference!

CFP: 2nd Annual Kristeva Circle Meeting

This is a call for abstracts for the second meeting of The Kristeva Circle, to be held March 27-30, 2014 at Vanderbilt University. Keynote speakers are Julia Kristeva (University of Paris VII Diderot) and Tina Chanter (DePaul University).

Please submit abstracts (500-750 words) on any topic related to the work of Julia Kristeva, to kristevacircle@gmail.com.

We welcome submissions from across all disciplines. Abstracts should be suitable for blind review; include a separate document with name, paper title, affiliation, and contact information.

The deadline for abstract submissions is October 15, 2013. Please consider submitting something, and feel free to distribute widely among your colleagues and students. More information about The Kristeva Circle can be found at www.kristevacircle.org.

We hope to see you next spring at Vanderbilt!


2014 Hosts and Organizers:
Melinda Hall (Stetson)
Kelly Oliver (Vanderbilt)
Sarah Hansen (Drexel)
Rebecca Tuvel (Vanderbilt)