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Controversies around the right to transform the body and sex through medical procedures and the question of cultural difference

Grant number: 18/15719-4
Support type:Scholarships abroad - Research Internship - Post-doctor
Effective date (Start): November 01, 2018
Effective date (End): October 31, 2019
Field of knowledge:Humanities - Anthropology
Principal researcher:Regina Facchini
Grantee:Bruno Cesar Barbosa
Supervisor abroad: Jonathan Bell
Home Institution: Núcleo de Estudos de Gênero (PAGU). Universidade Estadual de Campinas (UNICAMP). Campinas , SP, Brazil
Research place: University College London (UCL), England  
Associated to the scholarship:15/20802-0 - Science, politics and subjectivity: controversies around the right to bodily transformations of sex, BP.PD


This research proposal aims to describe the main activities to be undertaken during my internship abroad. The main objective is to contribute theoretically and methodologically to the development of my post-doctoral research, funded by FAPESP. The main contributions will be to analyze the material collected during my post-doctoral studies in Brazil, relating it to the bibliography on public health policies and USA and European history of medicine and sexuality. The analysis will focus specifically on the controversies surrounding pathologization of the access to sex and body transformation through medical procedures and the recent attempts of de-pathologization. In order to make this a reality, I propose that the internship take place at University College of London, under the supervision of Prof. Dr. Jonathan Bell, specialist in USA political history at the interface of public policy, gender, sexuality, and health.

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