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At the beginning of this century, the idea that the brain is plastic (i.e. that its structure and function change throughout life) began to replace the idea that adult brains are fixed. The claim that sex differences are hardwired into the brain, however, is still frequently endorsed. Building on feminist critiques of this claim, Annelies Kleinherenbrink argues that plasticity offers a critical alternative perspective on how sex/gender comes to matter in the brain – a perspective that takes into account both discursive formation and bodily materiality.

Event details of Sex and gender in the 21st century brain
Date 21 October 2016
Time 12:00 -13:00
Location Agnietenkapel
Room Location

A.V. Kleinherenbrink: The Politics of Plasticity. Sex and Gender in the 21st Century Brain.


Prof. P.P.R.W. Pisters


Room Location

Oudezijds Voorburgwal 229 - 231
1012 EZ Amsterdam


This event is open to the public.