April 16, 2013 Seminar

April 16, 2013 Seminar – Shaping the intersex body: The ethical dimension of anatomical illustration.

BMC and the Department of Biology welcome

Shelley Wall
Assistant Professor, Biomedical Communications, University of Toronto
A candidate for the research-stream position in Biomedical Communications/Biology.

April 16, 2013
Council Chambers, DV 3130
11 am to 12 pm

Anatomical illustrations are widely used in medical and patient education to convey factual information, but they also bear powerful symbolic and cultural meanings. Illustrations both reflect and influence how we conceive of the body, and what we consider normative anatomy. For individuals with an atypical configuration of sex chromosomes, gonads, and sexual anatomy (an intersex condition), anatomical illustrations form part of the larger medical and cultural discourse that shapes their experience. In this talk, I will consider historical and current practices in representing sexual anatomy and atypical bodies. These practices reflect changing artistic conventions as well as shifting biomedical and cultural understandings of sexual difference.


For more information, please contact:

Maeve Doyle
Tel 905 569 4849