Social Responsibility and Sustainability

Fluid States: Gender and Identity

"Man up." "Don't be such a girl." "Take it like a man"

When it comes to gender, contemporary culture is riven with contradiction. Increasing numbers of people now publicly identify as feminists and queer allies; similarly, visibility and awareness of gender fluidity and trans issues continues to grow, aided in no small part by the ubiquity of social media. Yet, at the same time, stereotype-reinforcing language and culturally-engrained notions of essential gender difference remain seemingly entrenched, and debates about the legitimacy of trans identity are becoming more visceral and virulent.

In this lecture, Dr Lucy Weir will examine shifting perceptions of gender, identity and the body, using an array of examples drawn from visual and popular culture.

We will consider the work of important cultural theorists such as Judith Butler, as well as the influence of new media and technology on our understanding of gender, identity. Crucially, this will culminate in discussion of the effects of gender stereotyping on physical and emotional health, questioning to what extent the cultural reinforcement of particular types of gender identity impacts on one's sense of self, and upon mental health.

Following the lecture there will be a short Q&A with Dr Weir

Lucy Weir is a Teaching Fellow, Modern and Contemporary Art at Edinburgh College of Art, the Convenor of SEXES research group and Visiting Lecturer in Dance at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland.

Doors open at 6.15pm 

Our Changing World Series

The Our Changing World series, now in its ninth year, is a credit-bearing course that opens its doors to the public, who we invite to attend fascinating and accessible talks alongside our students. This year's theme is 'identity'.  For more information on the series please visit:

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Oct 23 2018 18.30 - 20.00

Fluid States: Gender and Identity

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Gordon Aikman Lecture Theatre, 32 George Square, Edinburgh EH8 9LH