Transitional States: Girls Gone Wild: Women Use Hormones to Take Control?

Transitional States:Hormones at the Crossroads of Art and Science is an international video art exhibition and programme of public events. It forms part of a wider research project, funded by the Wellcome Trust, and led by Dr Chiara Beccalossi (School of History and Heritage).


Girls Gone Wild: Women Use Hormones to Take Control?

Are women controlled by their hormones or do they control them? Or is it neither? Have pharmaceutical companies developed a multi-billion pound industry out of convincing women that hormones are something they can control? If there is such a thing as control, how is this gained and maintained? And what impact can and will new technologies have on these kinds of treatments? All of these questions will be raised and addressed as we begin our discussion by presenting the works of two artists from the Transitional States exhibition. We will then welcome historians of medicine and sexuality who will offer differing perspectives on the use of hormones throughout recent history.

  • Thursday 22nd February
  • Jackson Lecture Theatre (Minerva Building)
  • 6 - 8pm

This discussion will address topics such as the history of the contraceptive pill, IVF and the introduction of new medical technologies, with a specific focus on whether such technologies have changed women’s sexual behaviour.

Moderator:

  • Professor Krista Cowman

Speakers:

  • Dr Hera Cook (University of Otago)
  • Dr Alana Harris (King’s College London)
  • Sara Homewood (artist)
  • Holly Slingsby (artist)

     

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