Fellows' Presentation

Living in an Era of Sexual Health: Science, Politics, and the Governance of Sexuality

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Part of the 2016–2017 Fellows' Presentation Series

Lecture by Steven Epstein RI '17

During his fellowship year, Steven Epstein is writing a book that examines the rise, proliferation, and impact of the modern concept of sexual health. Bringing together approaches from science studies, sexuality studies, and sociology, Epstein will use content analysis and interviews to trace the consolidation of definitions of sexual health in the 1970s and, beginning in the 1990s, the significant expansion of meanings and practices as sexual health came to characterize a wide range of social problems and solutions. His analysis will consider attempts to standardize sexual health measures, procedures, and outcomes; debates over sexual health agendas across the political spectrum; and the place of sexual health as a dimension of modern governance and citizenship.

Free and open to the public.