Piper Sledge will be in virtual conversation with Allison Kavey on September 2nd at 7:30pm. Bodies Unbound is a well-researched narrative about the relationship between bodies and gender. Drawing on the experiences of individuals whose bodies and gender identities don’t match medical and social expectations, the author explores how ideologies of gendered bodies shape medical care.
“Sledge’s fieldwork has led to a rich and vibrant analysis of how gender is enacted, resisted, performed, and policed in medical settings. Her accessible writing style and complex sociological analysis make this a powerful and unique contribution to the field.” –Lisa Jean Moore, author of Buzz: Urban Beekeeping and the Power of the Bee
Piper Sledge is Assistant Professor of Sociology and Director of Gender and Sexuality Studies at Bryn Mawr College in Pennsylvania.
Allison Kavey is a professor of early modern history, history of science, and history of medicine at CUNY John Jay College and the CUNY Graduate Center. She received her doctorate from The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. Her work focuses on the history of science and magic and includes publications on early modern books of secrets, the gendered and sexualized imagery of early modern alchemy, Frankenstein, and Peter Pan. She has also written on the history of medicine and medical ethics, most recently co-authoring a book on the history of viral pandemics. She is currently working on a book about Heinrich Cornelius Agripp von Nettesheim’s magical cosmology in De Occulta Philosophia Libri Tres (1531/1533).
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