Thursday seminar: A Constant Torment: Tracing the Discursive Contours of the Ageing Prostate

  • Date: –15:00
  • Location: Centrum för genusvetenskap KWB
  • Lecturer: Ericka Johnsson, Professor of Gender and Society, Linköping University
  • Organiser: Centre for Gender Research
  • Contact person: Nicole Ovesen
  • Seminarium

Thursday seminar at the Centre for Gender Research. Open for all!

This talk presents the results of a 6 year interdisciplinary research project on the aging prostate. We, a team of nine researchers: sociologists, anthropologists, historians, and a sexologist, have studied different aspects of the prostate – how it has been imagined, diagnosed, and treated historically; how it – and the bodies containing it – are examined today; the PSA debate; PSA testing facility practices; cancer treatments and their side effects; and the daily experiences of bodies whose prostates are causing problems.

The majority of the research team have a background in gender studies or feminist technoscience studies, and gender and feminist research – both theories and methodologies – have contributed significantly to this work. I will speak about this, and also reflect on what our study can give to the field.