Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Intersex Conference – Call for Papers

Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Intersex

17-19 July 2019
University of Lincoln, UK

Confirmed Keynote Speakers:
• Dr Daniela Crocetti, Senior Research Fellow, University of Huddersfield, United Kingdom
• Holly Greenberry, Co-founder of IntersexUK, Devon, United Kingdom
• Dr Lih-Mei Liao PhD FBPS, Consultant Clinical Psychologist, University College London Hospitals & Honorary Reader, University College London, United Kingdom
• Valentino Vecchietti, Independent academic, intersex human rights campaigner and activist, writer and public speaker, London, United Kingdom
• Del LaGrace Volcano, ARTIST, ACTIVIST, EDUCATOR, instigator and photographer for VISIBLY INTERSEX, Sweden
Call for Papers

This 3-day international conference will provide a multi-disciplinary forum for researchers, authors, artists and activists to raise awareness of intersex issues, and discuss the latest cutting-edge research from a broad range of specialisms. People with intersex traits have naturally occurring sex characteristics which are considered to sit outside the binary norms associated with male and female bodies. Intersex bodies are frequently labelled ‘disordered’ and are subjected to treatment to ‘correct’ aspects of the body which are not considered to fit within the notions of a ‘typical’ male or female body. This conference is motivated by a need to combine ideas and expertise to increase knowledge, visibility and acceptance of intersex.

We welcome attendance from postgraduate students, academics, activists and advocates working in the area of intersex, interested members of the public, medical practitioners, legal specialists, authors, artists, and anyone who has an interest in intersex issues. This conference will provide a safe space for intersex and non-intersex attendees to network in order to further the development of intersex knowledge.
We invite the submission of abstracts for a 20-minute paper from individuals with an interest in, but not limited to, the following areas:
Intersex activism
• Intersex and the creative arts
• Media, culture and intersex representations
• Linguistics
• Intersex terminology
• Intersex and popular culture
• Intersex healthcare and the patient experience
• The history of intersex
• Legal and human rights
• Politics and policy reform
• LGBTQ and intersex
• Intersex and education and employment
• Intersex literary narratives
• Intersex and the family

Abstracts should be submitted to Megan Walker via email to by Wednesday 9 January 2019 and should include:
• Title of your paper
• A 200-word abstract
• A 150-word author biography

Notification of acceptance will be given during the week commencing 11 February 2019.

Conference Organiser:
Megan Walker is a PhD candidate and associate lecturer in the College of Arts, University of Lincoln, researching narrative representations of intersex individuals.

Registration is now open:

EMDoc Conference: Impact and exchange – making connections beyond the academy

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EMDoc Conference: Registration Open!

Calling all doctoral students

We would like to invite you to attend the 2018 East Midlands Doctoral Network (EMDoc) Postgraduate Research Conference at Bishop Grosseteste University, Lincoln on Wednesday 19th September 2018.

EMDoc consists of nine universities who are keen to work collaboratively to share best practice, resources and insights into doctoral research across all disciplines.

The theme for the 2018 conference is ‘Impact and Exchange – making connections beyond the academy’, a chance to reflect on how your research can lead to wider impact and opportunities for knowledge exchange beyond the university. All research has the potential to create applications and impact beyond the immediate context in which it is developed, a feature which is becoming an increasingly central aspect of all research activity. Impact and exchange potential within a research project can be planned from the beginning of the process or can emerge in unexpected places as you develop your thinking.
You can consider this theme within your work by reflecting on the potential for knowledge exchange, the nature of potential impacts, or a discussion of the stakeholders and/or policymakers you hope your research will reach and influence at any scale from the individual, through organisational level to national and international.

This supportive and formative conference will be hosted at Bishop Grosseteste University, Lincoln and is a great opportunity for you to discuss and promote your research as well as meet and network with other doctoral students from across the East Midlands.

Please note the University of Lincoln Doctoral School will provide free travel for all students who attend. Please click below to book your place.



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Mindfulness-Based Strengths Practice for Doctoral Students

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We would like to invite you to participate in an exciting new venture which is being developed by a team from the College of Social Science in partnership with the Doctoral School.

Studying for a PhD is an amazing opportunity, but it can also be a difficult and stressful time. PhD students often report feeling isolated, and uncertain about the quality of their work and the progress they are making. In recent years, we have seen a growing number of mental health problems in PhD students (Levecque et al, 2017) and this is starting to attract attention both in the UK and around the world.

In response to this, at Lincoln we have decided to take positive action by offering a programme to our students that will help them to identify and focus on their strengths, become more self-aware and therefore better equipped to deal with the challenges that the PhD brings.

What are you planning to do?

We are planning to run a trial to examine the effects of a Mindfulness-Based Strengths Practice programme among Doctoral students.

Mindfulness-Based Skills Practice (MBSP) is an established eight week programme that brings together the practice of mindfulness and the practice of character strengths. It includes discussions, meditations, strengths practices, lecture input and homework exercises. The programme was devised and developed by Ryan Niemiec (2014) and has been used in a variety of populations and settings showing positive effects. It has never previously been used with Doctoral students.

We are incredibly fortunate at Lincoln to have Dr Roger Bretherton, a Clinical Psychologist and qualified practitioner in mindfulness interventions, including MBSP. Roger has been working with Ryan Niemiec and the MBSP programme for a number of years and has now trained Rebecca Park (PhD student) in the delivery of MBSP.

Rebecca will take the lead on delivering the MBSP programme to doctoral students at the University of Lincoln under the supervision of Dr Bretherton. At the beginning, end and six weeks after the programme has been completed, all participants will be asked to complete a series of validated questionnaires to assess the effectiveness of the programme for those involved.

How do I find out more?

If you are interested in taking part in the study, we would like to invite you to an information event where we will tell you more about the programme and give you an opportunity to try out some of the activities that you would be participating in.

The next information event is;

11th April, 11.30 am until 1.30 pm  BOOK HERE

If you would like to come along to the information event, please click the links above, if you cannot make the event but would still like to find out more about the project, contact

Levecque, K., Anseel, F., De Beuckelaer, A. D., Van der Heyden, J. & Gisle, L. (2017) Work organisation and mental health problems in PhD students. Research Policy. 46, 868-879

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