FPR-UCLA Sex/Gender Conference Planning Workshop
Los Angeles, California
Saturday, March 1, 2014 (9-4 pm)
The purpose of this workshop is to plan for the sixth interdisciplinary conference jointly hosted by the FPR and UCLA, which will explore the biological, social, and cultural bases of sex/gender differences, bringing together experts from anthropology, neuroscience, psychology, and related fields.
Recent advances in the biological sciences are challenging the “classic model” of sex determination and sexual differentiation (variations based on chromosomal complement, gonadal hormones, reproductive organs), the fixedness of binary sex categories, and the brain as sexually homogeneous.
Complementing neuroscientific research on sexual determination/differentiation and gender as nonlinear and dynamic are ethnographic accounts of widespread variation – gender pluralism and transgenderism, the “third sex,” and other alternatives to gender polarity – sensitive to culture and context, based on the lived experience and perspectives of persons across the globe.
In light of these developments, the conference aims to examine changes in our understandings of sex and gender; to critically evaluate their effects outside the laboratory; and to propose novel investigations and conceptual frameworks that could better integrate culture and biology.
List of Participants
Art Arnold, PhD, Director, Laboratory of Neuroendocrinology, Brain Research Institute, UCLA
Tom Boellstorff, PhD, Professor, Department of Anthropology, UC Irvine
Carole Browner, PhD, Distinguished Research Professor, Department of Anthropology, UCLA; FPR Board Member
Erica Cartmill, PhD, Assistant Professor, Department of Anthropology, UCLA
Marie-Françoise Chesselet, MD, PhD, Charles H. Markham Professor of Neurology; Distinguished Professor of Neurology and Neurobiology, UCLA; FPR Board Member
Gilbert Herdt, PhD, Professor and Founder, Graduate Program in Human Sexuality, California Institute for Integral Studies
Douglas Hollan, PhD, Professor, Department of Anthropology, UCLA; Co-Director, FPR-UCLA CBDMH Program; FPR Board Member
Marjorie Kagawa-Singer, PhD, MA, MN, RN, FAAN, Professor, UCLA School of Public Health and Department of Asian American Studies; FPR Board Member
Marvin Karno, MD, Professor Emeritus, Department of Psychiatry & Biobehavioral Sciences, UCLA; FPR Board Member
Robert Lemelson, PhD, Adjunct Associate Professor, Department of Anthropology, UCLA; President, The Foundation for Psychocultural Research
Steve López, PhD, Professor, Department of Psychology, USC; Co-Director, FPR-UCLA Culture, Brain, Development, and Mental Health program; FPR Board Member
Bill Maurer, PhD, Dean, School of Social Sciences, UC Irvine
Emeran A. Mayer, MD, PhD, Director, Gail and Geral Oppenheimer Family Center for Neurobiology of Stress; Director, Center for Neurovisceral Sciences & Women’s Health; Co-Founder, Collaborative Centers for Integrative Medicine, UCLA
Beate Ritz, MD, PhD, Chair, Department of Epidemiology, UCLA; FPR Board Member
Alice Wexler, PhD, Research Scholar, Center for the Study of Women, UCLA
Carol M. Worthman, PhD, Director, Laboratory for Comparative Human Biology; Samuel Candler Dobbs Professor of Anthropology, Emory University