Diagnosing Gender: Queer subjectivities and technologies of embodiment
University of Surrey
Year of enrolment: 2019
The focus of this project is contemporary queer explorations of gendered technologies and medicine in speculative fiction.
My aim is to examine the interplay of body and technology through prosthetics, hormone treatments and surgeries as simultaneously medical interventions and posthuman embodiments. Medical intervention and epistemologies of queer bodies are sites of contention. For example, intersex ‘corrective’ surgeries, breast reconstructions after mastectomies and transgender affirmation surgeries can be said to utilise medical technologies in order to produce a normatively gendered body. Whilst people may benefit from these technological interventions, this project examines how medical authorities reinforce ideas of a normative body by 'correcting' subversive and queer bodies.
This research into medical humanities closely analyses representations of queer bodies in speculative fiction, with a close look at transgender and nonbinary bodies, in order to examine the tension between medical authority and queer subjectivities in the production of knowledge on embodiment