Seminar on Sexualities,Technology,Health

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Date/Time
Date(s) - 11/11/2013
1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Location
Monash University Law Chambers, Marsh Building

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1-3 pm, 11 November 2013
Monash University Law Chambers
Marsh Building
555 Lonsdale Street, Melbourne

RSVP to: mark.davis@monash.edu

 

This seminar addresses the imaginaries taking shape at the intersection of sexualities, technology and health. The use of technology in sexual and reproductive health, for example, is not new. Diagnostic and treatment technologies are used to manage sexually transmitted infections, including HIV. Education, counselling and psychotherapy are applied to such diverse matters as safer sex, gender relations, sexual dysfunction and sexual violence. Contraceptive technologies have a long history. It is the case, however, that sex and health (jointly and severally) are caught up in the technological promise of 21st century societies. For example, Pfizer’s viagra.com helps couples diagnose erectile dysfunction and seek treatment. HIV self-testing – which operates with a similar logic to pregnancy self-testing – is now advocated, implying that anyone could (perhaps even should) determine their HIV serostatus without attending a clinic. Chlamydia home-testing is now routine. Apps are now available which allow consumers to ‘bump’ smartphones to share information regarding such matters as sexual health history and genetic lineage. Late modern, ‘sexularizing’ technologies mobilize particular notions of agency, pleasure and morality in sex education policies and pedagogies. Technologies such as pre-implantation genetic diagnosis are foregrounding new questions for parents and clinicians.

The seminar will be chaired by Dr Mark Davis (Faculty of Arts) and Dr Mary Lou Rasmussen (Faculty of Education). Each presenter will speak for 20 minutes followed by a commentary from Drs Rasmussen and Davis and discussion. The seminar is made possible by funding from the Monash University Research Accelerator programme: http://artsonline.monash.edu.au/sexualities-technology-health/