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Sahar Sadjadi

Assistant Professor
Amherst College
The Brain, Authenticity and Pediatric Gender Transition
01 September 2018 -
30 June 2019
Social anthropology and ethnology

Sahar Sadjadi is a medical anthropologist and assistant professor of Sexuality, Women’s and Gender Studies at Amherst College. She studied medicine at Tehran University, worked as a physician in Kurdistan, Iran and received her PhD in medical anthropology from Columbia University. She was a Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow at the Committee for Interdisciplinary Science Studies, The Graduate Center, City University of New York. Her research has been funded by Wenner-Gren Foundation, National Science Foundation and Brocher Foundation.

Research Interests

Anthropology of science and medicine; the body and temporality; gender and identity; sexuality; childhood; materialism; multi-sited ethnography

During my residency at the Paris Institute for Advanced Study, I will revise a book manuscript titled Beautiful Children: Medicine and the Future of Gender. This book is based on a multi-sited ethnography of clinical practices that have emerged around gender non-conforming and transgender children in the United States. To explain how the clinical field has come to define children’s Gender Dysphoria, I explore the contemporary cultural attachment to the gene and the brain as the origin of identity. I consider how childhood became a privileged site for tracing the authenticity of identity and the particular temporal imagining of the child-adult relation that guides these psychiatric and endocrine practices. This research addresses the controversies surrounding the preemptive interventions to block growth and puberty (and the potential sterilization) of both gender variant children and disabled children. In Paris, I will also develop my next ethnographic project, a transnational study of contemporary sexology, the early stages of which I have initiated in Iran.

Lecture by S. Sadjadi (2018-2019 Paris IAS fellow) within the framework of the lecture series "Sciences in Context", organized by CRI and Paris IAS
28 May 2019 18:30 -
28 May 2019 20:00,
Paris :
Gender Identity and the Appeal of the Brain
Sahar Sadjadi presents her research project within the framework of the weekly internal seminar
23 Apr 2019 10:00 -
23 Apr 2019 13:00,
Paris :
The Brain, Authenticity and Pediatric Gender Transition
Lecture series organized by CRI and Paris IAS
05 Mar 2019 18:30 -
25 Jun 2019 20:00,
Paris :
Sciences in Context
Talk by S. Sadjadi, 2018-2019 Paris IAS fellow
06 Feb 2019 15:00 -
06 Feb 2019 17:00,
Montreal :
The Child’s Brain and the Future of Gender in Medicine
Workshop organized by S. Sadjadi, 2018-2019 Paris IAS fellow
14 Jan 2019 12:00 -
14 Jan 2019 17:30,
Paris :
Children on the Margins: Politics of Risk and Innocence
14 Dec 2018 09:30 -
14 Dec 2018 12:00,
Paris :
The Brain, the Essence of Identity and Pediatric Gender Transition
Contemporary period (1789-…)
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