Changing Global Perceptions: Child Protection & Bodily Integrity

14th International Symposium
Keele University, 14–16 September 2016

Genital Autonomy exists as a charity to promote, preserve and protect the health and well-being of male, female and intersex children by protecting them from unnecessary genital surgery or modification; and to promote the human rights of children in relation to genital surgery or modification as set out in the UN Convention on the Rights Of the Child throughout the world.

The 14th International Symposium – Changing Global Perceptions: Child Protection & Bodily Integrity is being held at Keele University, organised by the International Committee of the charity Genital Autonomy. The three days are themed and we have invited speakers who are professionals and well-known in their fields to address these themes, expanding on new developments and taking issues surrounding genital autonomy forward.

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Symposium Programme
(subject to change)

Day One | Wednesday, 14 September 2016
Child Protection, Law and Ethics
Introduced and chaired by Prof Michael Thomson

10.50 Conference starts.  Formal opening

11.00 Paul Mason Barrister and former commissioner for children Tasmania. ‘An update from down under’

11.40  Child protection Senior police officer

12.20 Lunch

1.30 Professor Michael Thomson, School of Law University of Leeds.  Recent developments and research issues

2.10 Brian D Earp,  Research Associate at the University of Oxford and a Yale-Hastings Resident Visiting Scholar at The Hastings Center Bioethics Research Institute in Garrison, New York    Male and Female Genital Cutting, Sexual Experience, and the Subjectivity of Benefits and Risks

2.50 Prof Marie Fox, Liverpool Law School

3.30 Tea Break

4,00 James Chegwidden, Barrister, London.  ‘Not drowning, paddling’: the English Court’s slow row towards genital autonomy

4.40 Getting the message out

7.00 Dinner and Murder Mystery evening: Who killed the Doctor?

Day Two | Thursday, 15 September 2016
Politics and Activism
Introduced and chaired by Richard Duncker.

9.30 Kitty Anderson, Chair, Intersex Iceland.   Activism, media and change in Iceland

10.10 Dr Mitchell Travis, School of Law, University of Leeds and Dr Fae Garland, Law School, University of Exeter.  State Responses to Intersex Embodiment; Challenges and Opportunities

10.50 Coffee break

11.20 Dr Clare Chambers, Faculty of Philosophy – University of Cambridge “Cultural v. cosmetic surgery: Challenging the Distinction”

12.00 Panel discussion moderated by Prof Michael Thomson

12.40 Lunch

1.50  Dr Ann-Marie Wilson, Executive Director and founder of  28 Too Many  , London

2.30 Tuomas Kurttila, Children’s Ombudsman, Finland.   Developments in Finland and Nordic countries

3.10 Tea break

3.40 Maryam Namazie Council of ex-Muslims and their role in changing minds

4.10 Dr Anthony Lempert, Secular Medical Forum.  Influencing medics and professional bodies

5.00 End of day

7.00 Gala dinner  Drinks reception in Raven Mason Suite, Keele Hall

Day Three | Friday, 16 September 2016
Consequences: Psychological Harms, Sexual Dysfunction and Pathways to Treatment
Introduced and chaired by Gaye Blake-Roberts

9.30 Remembering Jonathan Conte − Lloyd Schofield

9.40 Glen Poole The stop Male suicide project.   In Glen’s absence this paper will be delivered by Margaret Green.

10.20 John Dalton, Researcher and Archivist. Genital Autonomy. Genital cutting and suicide.  Is there a relationship?

11.00 Coffee break

11.30 Tommi Paalanen, Doctor of Social Sciences and Finnish philosopher, Executive Director of the Sexpo Foundation, Finland

12.10 Holly Greenberry, Co-Director Intersex UK   Moving towards a psycho-social framework

12.50 Lunch

2.00 Dr Comfort Momoh MBE, Midwife and FGM/Public Health Specialist, Guys and St Thomas’ Hospital,    (Keynote speaker)  Repairing the damage physical and psychological of FGM

2.40 Tiina Vilponen, sexuality therapist, Communications Manager, Sexpo Foundation, Finland.  Counselling and psychological damage

3.20 Tea break

3.50 Dr H Eli Joubert, Chartered Clinical Psychologist, Teaching Fellow (Clinical), University of Surrey Considering the Psycho-Sexual impact of Circumcision

4.30 Porterbrook Clinic Pathways to treatment

5.10 David Smith     Closing remarks; Rounding off the Symposium

5.30 Symposium closes.

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