[spsp-members] Deep South Philosophy and Neuroscience Workgroup Group Meetings, Pacific APA

Bickle, John jbickle at philrel.msstate.edu
Tue Mar 28 15:33:39 UTC 2023

Attending the Pacific Division Meeting of the American Philosophical Association in San Francisco next week?

Come to two Group Meetings of the Deep South Philosophy and Neuroscience Workgroup:


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Welcome Message and Event Overview

Hello, and welcome to the Deep South Philosophy and Neuroscience Working Group's 'Group Session on the Neuroscience and Philosophy of Gender Identity'. This group meeting will explore neuroscientific and philosophical work on gender identity and its relation to constructs like 'neural sex' and 'sexual orientation'. It aims to familiarize neuroscientists and

philosophers with work on these topics in their respective fields and to promote interdisciplinary collaboration in their study.

Our first neuroscience session focuses on neuroscientific work on the constructs of 'sexual orientation' and 'gender identity'. The session includes talks on these topics by Dr. Charles Rosseli of Oregon Health and Science University and Dr. Ivanka Savic of University of California, Los Angeles. The focus of this session is on developing a more interdisciplinary understanding of the nature of and relations between neural sex differences, sexual orientation, and gender identity.

Our second session focuses on philosophical investigations of work on sex differences and gender identity in neuroscience. It includes talks by Dr. Robyn Bluhm of Michigan State and Maximiliana Rifkin of the CUNY Graduate Center. This session will focus on cultivating an interdisciplinary perspective on how neuroscientific research on sex differences and gender identity should be conducted.

Event Details and Speaker Bios

This working group meeting will take place as a group session of the Pacific Division Meeting of the American Philosophical Association. The Pacific APA conference will take place from April 5th through April 8th, 2023, in San Francisco, California. The first group session will be on Thursday, April 6th, and run from 6 PM to 8 PM, whereas the second session will be on Saturday, April 8th, and run from 6 PM to 8 PM.

Please find bios for all the speakers below.

Event Speaker Bios

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Dr. Ivanka Savic

Dr. Ivanka Savic is professor of Neurology at the Karolinska Institute and adjunct professor of neurology at UCLA. Dr. Savic is an internationally renowned scholar most known for her brain imaging studies of the human olfactory and pheromone system, and her studies of gender incongruence. Her discovery that humans can detect pheromone signals and that this detection occurs in brain areas mediating sexual behavior raised wide international interest and has been cited by major international media. More recently her research has been focused on the possible neurobiological mechanisms behind gender incongruence. She coined a hypothesis that gender identity may be related to functional and structural connections between brain networks mediating the perception of oneself in relation to the perception of one's own body, which she will be discussing in detail in her upcoming lecture.

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Dr. Charles Rosseli

Dr. Charles Roselli earned a Ph.D. in 1981 from the Department of Physiology and Biophysics at Hahnemann University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He is currently a Professor in the Department of Chemical Physiology and Biochemistry at the Oregon Health & Science University in Portland, Oregon. Dr. Roselli's laboratory studies fundamental processes by which prenatal gonadal steroids program sex differences in brain and behavior. Current studies aim to advance understanding of the biological underpinnings of sexual partner preferences using a unique sheep model. In addition, his lab studies the physiology of the fetal hypothalamic- pituitary-testicular axis and conducts studies to identify the neuropeptide circuitry involved in feedback mechanisms needed to maintain hormonal homeostasis during the vulnerable prenatal period that shapes brain sexual differentiation and manifest eventually as adult sex differences in health and disease.

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Dr. Robyn Bluhm

Robyn Bluhm is a Professor in the Department of Philosophy and Lyman Briggs College at Michigan State University. Her research focuses on the ethical implications of epistemological choices  made  by  researchers  in   medicine   and   in   neuroscience.   She   co-edited   the   book Neurofeminism: Issues at the Intersection of Feminist Theory and Cognitive Science.

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Maximiliana Rifkin

Maximiliana Rifkin <https://philpeople.org/profiles/maximiliana-jewett-rifkin> is a doctoral student in the department of philosophy at the CUNY

Graduate Center in New York City. She works at the intersection of trans philosophy, metaphysics, philosophy of science, and social and political philosophy. Much of her work focuses on the metaphysics, science, and politics of kinds like 'sex' and 'gender'. She just published a paper on the nature  of  sex<https://philpapers.org/rec/RIFSBD>  in  Philosophy  and  Biology.  Lately,  she  has  been  working  on  a  paper  on

neuroscientific conceptions of gender identity, which she will discuss in-depth in her upcoming lecture.

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