Call for Papers

Intersex 2021: A Vision for the Future

21st & 22nd April 2021

This interdisciplinary conference aims to bring together a multiplicity of discourses about intersex/variations of sex characteristics in society. This conference continues on an important path that takes intersex out its historical confines in the medical space where babies, children, adults and their bodies have been problematised in the quest to “normalise” difference. Contemporary understandings of intersex/variations of sex characteristics demand more informed and multidisciplinary perspectives. This conference aims to provide an inclusive and diverse platform through which to listen and discuss intersex for the new decade.

 This conference welcomed contributions from academics, activists, non-activists, civil/public servants, representatives from NGOs, policy makers and other interested parties. We also welcomed papers and contributions from diverse disciplines including, but not limited to, art, business studies, drama, education, ethics, fashion, film, gender studies, geography, history, humanities, language, law, library and information sciences, linguistics, management, medicine, mental health, midwifery, music, nursing, philosophy, psychology, public health, sociology, sport, theology, the performative arts and theatre studies.

We have an exciting and international line-up of speakers.


Papers/panels will address themes such as:

●     Activism, policy and law reform

●     Experiences of children, their families, young people with intersex/variations of sex characteristics

●     Global perspectives on intersex/variations of sex characteristics

●     Healthcare for older intersex people

●     Historical analysis

●     Human Rights

●     Institutional responses to intersex/variations of sex characteristics

●     Literary analysis

●     Terminology


Confirmed Keynote speakers

●     Sara Philips, Chair, Intersex Ireland

●     Morgan Carpenter, M.Bioeth, University of Sydney, Co-Executive Director of Intersex Human Rights Australia

●     Kitty Anderson, Co-Chair OII Europe