All events are recorded and can be found on the YouTube channel of the OU Health and Wellbeing PRA .
Launch podcast (June 2021)
Podcast interviews (June - Aug 2021)
A series featuring academics presenting their work on sex and gender and providing a forum for robust and respectful discussion and debate.
Tuesday 12th October 2021
The Tokyo Olympics in July and August foregrounded issues of sex and gender Identity. Controversy over the inclusion of a trans woman, Laurel Hubbard, in the Women’s Super-Heavyweight division led to the announcement by the IOC that its own rules governing trans participation were ‘not fit for purpose’. At the same time, athletes with male DSDs, who were banned from the 400 – 1500 distances, competed with great success in the 200m. Whilst it is important to separate out questions of gender identity from questions of DSDs, both these events have led to some disarray in the field of sports regulation, and both sets of rules are likely to change.
What is going on? What ought the rules to look like? What are the prospects for fair competition in women’s sport?
Dr. Emma Hilton is in the Biology Department at the University of Manchester. She is co-author of the pathbreaking paper that led to a rethink on questions of transgender inclusion: Hilton, E. N. and Lundberg, T. R. (2021) 'Transgender Women in the Female Category of Sport: Perspectives on Testosterone Suppression and Performance Advantage', Sports Med, 51(2), pp. 199-214.
Dr. Jon Pike is in the Philosophy Department at the Open University, and has acted as a consultant to WADA, the IOC and World Rugby: Pike, J. (2020) 'Safety, fairness, and inclusion: transgender athletes and the essence of Rugby', Journal of the Philosophy of Sport, pp. 1-14.
Tuesday 29th March 2022
‘Sex matters in sport because the human rights and inclusion of females in sport depend on fair eligibility criteria which acknowledge human sexual dimorphism.’
Cathy Devine is an Independent Researcher and former Senior Lecturer in Sport and Physical Activity at the University of Cumbria for 23 years. Her academic specialism is in sport policy and she is an erstwhile Secretary of the British Philosophy of Sport Association. She has previously worked for the UK’s National Coaching Foundation (now UK Coaching) for 5 years, with responsibility for developing women coaches; and the UK’s National Federation of Women’s Institutes as Head of Sport for 3 years. Cathy was a Member of the Organising Committee for the first International Women and Sport Conference in the UK in Brighton in 1994, organised by the British Sports Council and supported by the British Olympic Association and the International Olympic Committee.
Her research is on the human rights of girls and women in sport. It focuses on domestic and international sport policy. Her publications include:
Tuesday 28th April 2022
Simon Fanshawe OBE is a diversity consultant, broadcaster and author. He is the co-founder of Diversity by Design which supports organisations to truly diversify their senior people. His latest book “The Power of Difference – where the complexities of diversity and inclusion meet practical solutions” was published in December 2021.
Diversity by Design is currently running a significant trial of Recruiting for Difference (RfD) – a process developed to design out the bias in hiring and promotion - with a significant number of corporate, public sector and HE clients.
Simon is currently on the Board of Powerful Women and is Chairman of Hexagon Housing Association. He was Chairman of Sussex University 2007-13, a non-exec director of Housing & Care 21, a Governor of the Museum of London and on the Board of Brighton Dome & Festival. He was a co-founder of Stonewall and of the Kaleidoscope Trust.
He was awarded an OBE in 2013 for services to Higher Education and made an Honorary Doctor of the University of Sussex for services to diversity and human rights.
Tuesday 17th May 2022
Dr Littman is a physician and researcher, and is currently the President of the Institute for Comprehensive Gender Dysphoria Research (ICGDR). She previously held academic positions at Brown University School of Public Health and the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. Her 2018 paper on 'rapid onset gender dysphoria' described the emergent phenomenon of teenagers identifying as transgender without childhood dysphoria.
The seminar will focus on her most recent paper, which is one of the first surveys completed with people who have detransitioned.
Tuesday 24th May 2022
How could it be credible to claim that gender critical discourse is being silenced? After all, many of those who hold gender critical views, such as Suzanne Moore, J. K. Rowling, and Kathleen Stock, publicly continue to speak their mind, and the mainstream media, in at least some corners, provide ample platforms for them to do so. Of course, neither Moore, Rowling, or Stock have actually claimed to have been silenced: insofar as they have spoken of silencing it’s to state defiantly that they won’t be silenced, or to highlight the silencing of others, who have privately reached out thanking them for voicing concerns that they themselves feel unable, in the present climate, to express. Nevertheless, Professor Leng will argue that the application of the ideas of Rae Langton and Jennifer Hornsby concerning the nature of silencing can be used to argue that, despite their protestations to the contrary, there is an important sense in which the gender critical views of even those with large platforms are genuinely silenced by the persistent and vocal framing of their views as 'dogwhistles'.
Professor Leng has been at the Philosophy Department of the University of York since 2012 where she is Director of Research
Tuesday 7th June 2022
For our final seminar of this inaugural series, we are delighted to welcome three early career researchers to share their work.
Rose Rickford , PhD candidate at York University, UK: Social constructionism, ontology and sex-denial
Charlotte Edun, MRes student at York University, UK: Framing the maternal body: Neo-liberalism, dualism and sexed difference
Amy Mowle, Research officer at Victoria University, Australia: The Limitations of Networked Feminism: A Critical Look at Reddit’s r/TwoXChromosomes