TALK: “Beyond the Binary: What the West Can Learn from Non-Western Approaches to Gender Diversity” by Paul Vasey (Psychology, University of Lethbridge)

There is enormous debate about the nature of sexual and gender diversity. Is it “natural”? Is it “normal”? Should it be socially tolerated? Join us for an interdisciplinary lecture by world renowned sex researcher Dr. Paul Vasey (University of Lethbridge), on the evolutionary bases of third genders. Dr. Vasey’s research focuses on phenomena related to sexual and gender diversity and furnishes a basis upon which an evidence-based understanding of these topics can be situated. Dr. Vasey will also deliver a second talk based on his years of field research studying homosexuality in monkeys.  

Dr. Paul Vasey is Professor of Psychology and Board of Governors Research Chair (Tier 1) at University of Lethbridge, where he is also Director of the Laboratory of Comparative Sexuality. He has published widely and deeply on issues of sexual and gender diversity in humans and primates, and is commonly considered an international authority on both third genders and animal homosexuality. Dr. Vasey employs concurrent cross-species and cross-cultural perspectives to study the bases of gender and sexual variation. Since 2000, he has conducted research on the development and evolution of female homosexual behavior in free-ranging Japanese monkeys at various sites in Japan. In addition to his numerous scientific articles on issues of gender and sexual diversity, he is also co-author of The Monkeys of Stormy Mountain  (Cambridge University Press, 2012) and Homosexual Behavior in Animals: An Evolutionary Perspective (Cambridge University Press, 2006), and has guest edited special issues of Archives of Sexual Behavior on sexual orientation, and Perspectives in Biology and Medicine on gender and sexual diversity (with IU HPS alum Dr. Alice Dreger).  


Thursday October 26, 2017 01:00 PM
Thursday October 26, 2017 02:15 PM
Hodge Hall 2083
Justin Garcia
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This event is part of Themester 2017 Diversity • Difference • Otherness.
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Themester, College of Arts and Sciences, Department of Gender Studies, Department of Sociology, and The Kinsey Institute
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