Academic Papers and Panels

“Making Medical People,” Critical Sexology seminar series, 14 November 2020. On YouTube here.

“The Trauma of Gender,” Critical and Cultural Theory seminar series, Cardiff University, UK, 16 March 2011.

“Impersonal Intersex: Genital Surgery in the Public Sphere,” Queer Interventions lecture series, University of Vienna, Austria, 12 April 2010.

“Queering the Surgical Public Sphere,” Gender, Culture and Society seminar series, University of Limerick, Ireland, 4 March 2010.

“Impersonal Intersex: Genital Surgery in the Public Sphere,” Assuming Gender seminar series, Cardiff University, 26 October 2009.

“Impersonal Intersex: Genital Surgery in the Public Sphere,” Medical Anthropology at the Intersections conference, Society for Medical Anthropology, Yale University, USA, 27 September 2009.

“Intersex: Care and Ethics,” Nursing and Midwifery professional seminars, Cardiff University, UK, 27 January 2009.

“Is a Queer Theory of Intersex Possible?” Gender and Sexualities Research Group seminar series, Cardiff University, UK, 13 November 2008.

“Ways of Reading the Intersex Controversy,” Critical Sexology seminar series, London South Bank University, UK, 3 September 2008.

“Plastic Man: Gender, Genitals, and Scientific Humanism,” Transgender/Intersex and Law workshop, AHRC Research Centre for Law, Gender and Sexuality, Keele University, UK, 17 April 2007.

“Genital Cutting and Bodily Integrity,” Critical Sexology seminar series, Saint Pancras Hospital, UK, 1 November 2006.

“Plastic Man: Gender, Genitals and Scientific Humanism,” plenary lecture at Thinking Through Gender and Science workshop, Queen’s University Belfast, UK, 25 October 2006.

“Why Five Sexes Are Not Enough,” Centre for Law, Gender and Sexuality seminar series, University of Kent, UK, 30 May 2006.

“From Guilt to Injustice: Towards a Discursive Recognition of Intersex,” 29th International Congress on Law and Mental Health, Université René Descartes, France, 6 July 2005.

“Intersex and the Impossibility of Feminist Science Studies,” Women and Gender seminar series, Swansea University, UK, 2 March 2005.

“Authoring Genitals, Authorizing Sex,” Skin: Texture/Textuality/Word/Image conference, Institute of English Studies, London, UK, 14 April 2004.

“Intersex and Psychoanalysis: The Organ’s Apprehension,” Critical Sexology seminar series, University College London, UK, 27 February 2004.

Chair, psychology panel, Intersex Day, Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists, UK, 29 January 2004.

“Justifying Medicine: An Ethics of Intersex,” Guilt: A Conference on Law and Humanities, University of New England, USA, 14 June 2003.

“The Authorized Version of the Genitalia,” Body Modification: Changing Bodies, Changing Selves conference, Macquarie University, Australia, 24 April 2003.

“Queer Feminism and the Politics of Difference” (with Annabelle Willox), Third Wave Feminism conference, Exeter University, UK, 23 July 2002.

“Children’s Stories of Sexual Difference,” Critical Sexology seminar series, Hunter Street Health Centre, London, UK, 14 June 2002.

Talks to Professional and Patient Groups

“Beyond the Gender Box: Intro to Intersex”, Accenture Pride Network, London, UK, 8 November 2019.

Panel discussant on LGBT+ careers, LGBT+ Leaders panel, Cardiff University, UK, 6 November 2017.

“The Recent History of Intersex,” Stonewall Cymru staff training, Cardiff, UK, 12 June 2017.

“The Recent History of Intersex,” Aviva Pride network meeting, Bristol, UK, 9 February 2017.

“Is AIS a Feminist Issue?” Androgen Insensitivity Syndrome Support Group meeting, UK, 4 September 2010.

“Identities as Commitments,” Androgen Insensitivity Support Group annual meeting, UK, 8 April 2006.

Public Talks

“What’s Ambiguous about Gender Ambiguity?” keynote and chair at Intersex and Performance: Embodying Ambiguity symposium, Rose Bruford College/Drill Hall, UK, 20 March 2010.

Panel discussant on queer theory and cinema, SciSCREEN, Cardiff University/Chapter Arts Centre, UK, 14 March 2010.

“Sex, Science, and the Meaning of Being Human,” Humanities Seminars for Adult Learners, Cardiff University, UK, 23 January 2008.

Events Organised

Discomfort event flyerDiscomfort, workshop with Lauren Berlant, Cardiff University, UK, 12 February 2009.

Intersex: A Disorder of Discourse? Critical Sexology seminar, London South Bank University, UK, 3 September 2008.

Genital Cutting in a Globalized Age: A Forum for Interdisciplinary Debate, conference co-organised with Sarah Creighton and Lih-Mei Liao, Royal Society of Medicine, 4 July 2008.

Queer Femme-inism, lecture by Del LaGrace Volcano, Cardiff University, UK, 26 February 2008.

Critical Sexology

In 2002, psychologist Lih-Mei Liao and I founded Critical Sexology, a series of interdisciplinary talks and panel discussions for everyone with academic and professional interests in gender, sexuality, health and medicine.

We co-organised the following seminars during 2002–2005:

  • The Vagina, Saint Pancras Hospital, London, UK, 2 November 2005.
  • Dilemmas in Care: The Case of Intersex, University College London, UK, 11 May 2005.
  • What Can We Learn from Pornography? University College London, UK, 9 February 2005.
  • Medicine and the Ethics of Embodiment, University College London, UK, 5 November 2004.
  • Masculinities, University College London, UK, 30 April 2004.
  • Psychoanalysis: Time to Sex Down? University College London, UK, 27 February 2004.
  • Sexing the Child, Saint Pancras Hospital, London, UK, 5 November 2003.
  • Sexual Politics, Sexual Practices, Saint Pancras Hospital, London, UK, 21 May 2003.
  • Changing Gender Narratives, Saint Pancras Hospital, London, UK, 28 February 2003.
  • Sexual Diversity, Saint Pancras Hospital, London, UK, 1 November 2002.
  • Childhood and Adolescence, Hunter Street Health Centre, London, UK, 14 June 2002.

The Critical Sexology series is ongoing, and details of more recent events can be found at