Sex in Context: Contesting and Rethinking Sex as Biological Variable

21 Oct 2021
12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

470 Stephens Hall

Event Type
Master Class

Sarah S. Richardson
Professor of the History of Science and of Studies of Women, Gender, and Sexuality at Harvard


Please join us on Thursday, October 21st at 12:00 pm in 470 Stephens Hall (Zoom unavailable) for a discussion with Sarah Richardson regarding “Sex Contextualism.” This conceptual framework offers an alternative to binary sex essentialist approaches to the study of sex as a biological variable. Specifically, sex contextualism recognizes the pluralism and context-specificity of operationalizations of ‘sex’ across experimental laboratory research. In light of recent policy mandates to consider sex as a biological variable, sex contextualism offers constructive guidance to biomedical researchers for attending to sex-related biological variation. As an alternative to and critique of biological binary sex essentialism, sex contextualism contributes to current debates in philosophy of biology, feminist science studies, and social ontology on the construction of categories of gender/sex differences in scientific research.

You are encouraged to come with questions and comments to facilitate the discussion.

Please RSVP here by Tuesday Morning, October 19th to receive the reading and sign up for lunch.


Sponsored by: 

CSTMS ♦ Department of Gender & Women’s Studies

This event is sponsored by CSTMS.
Additional sponsorship comes from:  CSTMS • Department of Gender & Women's Studies
Department of Gender & Women's Studies

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