Thursday, January 19, 2017

[Upcoming Seminar] Sex, Disability and the Ethics of Engagement

Title: Sex, Disability and the Ethics of Engagement
Speaker: Don Kulick (Professor, Uppsala University, Department of Cultural Anthropology and Ethnology, Sweden)
Chairperson: Prof. Hsun-hui Tseng (Assistant Professor, Gender Studies Programme, The Chinese University of Hong Kong)
Date and time: 25 January 2017, 12:30p.m.-2:00p.m.
Venue: Room 502, Wong Foo Yuan Building The Chinese University of Hong Kong


The talk will present findings from Loneliness and its Opposite a recent comparative study of sexuality and disability in Sweden and Denmark (Kulick and Rydström 2015). The speaker will discuss how the sexual lives of adults with significant disabilities are facilitated in Denmark, and how they are impeded in Sweden. The speaker will argue that access to sexuality for disabled people is not a right; it is an issue of fundamental social justice.

Kulick is Distinguished University Professor of Anthropology at Uppsala University in Sweden, where he directs a large research program titled “Engaging Vulnerability”. He has conducted long-term fieldwork in Papua New Guinea, Brazil, and Scandinavia, and has published in a number of fields, including linguistic anthropology, sexuality and gender studies, and disability studies. His books include Travesti: sex, gender and culture among Brazilian transgendered prostitutes (1998); Taboo: sex, gender and erotic subjectivity in anthropological fieldwork (1995; with Margaret Willson); Fat: the anthropology of an obsession (2005, with Anne Meneley); Language and Sexuality (2003, with Deborah Cameron); and Loneliness and its Opposite: sex, disability and the ethics of engagement (2015, with Jens Rydström).

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All interested are welcome!

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