Current Institutional Affiliation
Lecturer, School of Social Sciences

Award Information

Next Generation Social Sciences in Africa: Doctoral Dissertation Proposal Fellowship 2015
Institutional Affiliation (at time of award):
School for Social and Government Studies, University of the Witwatersrand
Intersexed bodies and medicine in South Africa

This research project seeks to gain a better understanding of the relationship of intersexed bodies to medicine in South Africa. Although the case of the athlete, Caster Semenya, has made the issue of intersex somewhat more visible in South Africa and other parts of the world, little is known about how medical understandings of intersex in South Africa have developed and changed. The voices and experiences of intersexed individuals are also often absent in research on the topic. This project will seek to fill those gaps by using a qualitative design with in-depth interviews with a number of both health professionals and intersexed individuals in South Africa.