Throughout most of modern history gender has been conceptualised as a binary concept, with the health agenda remaining anchored around ideas of men and women and their differing health needs. In reality, gender is a spectrum that is socially constructed and influenced by cultures, laws, politics, communities, families and individuals. It intersects with other markers of identity to produce diverse health risks, exposure to unhealthy products and differing health seeking behaviours.
Furthermore, gender in global health is too often reduced to women's health, and it is only by ensuring its relevance to everyone that we can begin to unpack and address the complex ways that it interacts with our identities and our health. We believe a broader understanding of gender is required to fulfil the promise to leave no one behind, regardless of their gender.
We are delighted to announce our new 2019/2020 seminar series, Beyond the Binary, taking place on the second Monday of each month. The series will approach gender as a non binary concept from history, anthropology, ecology, design, sociology and medicine to analyse and complicate its various interactions with global health.
This presentation from Natacha Kennedy draws on data from interviews with young people regarding their self-realisation as trans. Using Social Activity Method (SAM), the doctoral study identified young people’s accounts of becoming trans, from epiphany, to learning how to live their lives as young trans people. Their actual accounts are contrasted with popular images of being trans – images generally the result of ‘constructed ignorance’, trans erasure and cis-mythologisation.
Join us for the first seminar in our Beyond the Binary series. Exploring the issues of the cultural competence of service providers in the health care sector in relation to trans and non-binary people, the panel of clinical and nonclinical experts in trans and non-binary health will be discussing issues surrounding access to sexual health and well being.
When we talk of gender, for most of us it will be women that come to mind. In global health, discussions on the impact of gender on health tend to remain narrowly focused on women's health. But we are all gendered beings, and to understand the health of men, we must also understand the role gender norms and masculinities are playing in determining their health and wellbeing, and often, in making them sick. Join us for a series of panel discussions, followed by a keynote from Grayson Perry to explore how bringing a gender lens to men's health can lead to better health outcomes for all.
Further details, including location and timing, will be posted here shortly.
11 November 2019
Trans health: Access & Cultural Competence
A panel discussion convened by Asma Ashraf (UCL)
9 December 2019
Agency and Erasure: Young Trans People’s Self-realisation
Natasha Kennedy and Ian Warwick, UCL Institute of Education
13 January 2020
Shifting narratives of sexual and gender non-conformity in the mid-20th century
Rebecca Jennings, UCL History
10 February 2020
Coloniality and the construction of gender as a binary
A panel discussion convened by Alessandro Castellini (LSE) & Jennie Gamlin (UCL)
9 March 2020
Climate, the environment and spatial design approaches to gender and health
A panel discussion convened by Geordan Shannon (UCL)