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Durham University

Institute of Advanced Study

Past Events

IAS Fellows' Seminar - Does the gender structure need a new binary?

22nd January 2018, 13:00 to 14:00, Seminar Room, Institute of Advanced Study, Professor Barbara Risman (University of Illinois)


In this short presentation, Professor Risman will provide some context of the history of research on gender in the social sciences. She then will present her theoretical model for understanding gender as a social structure, and how it has implications for the individual, interactional and macro levels of analyses. The question she is now working on and will offer for discussion is how to best conceptualize the call for understanding gender as more than a binary, while at the same time the widespread acceptance of a newly named binary, transgender vs. cisgender. She will discuss interviews with gender fluid young adults as data to help address how to conceptualize social movements to de-stabilize the gender structure.

  • How to explain the increase in genderqueer and transgender people in the last decade?
  • What are the pros and cons of adopting this new language of cisgender?
  • What does the explosion of at least visible gender fluid young people mean for the gender structure and gender equality?

Places are limited and so any academic colleagues interested in attending a seminar should register online in advance to reserve a place. Places will be confirmed within 48 hours of receipt (subject to availability).

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