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Prof Matthew Weait

Keynote lecture at Brighton Doctroal College's Festival of Postgraduate Research, introduced by Prof Tara Dean.

Do you know who I am? Law, confession, and the ‘normal’ body

Should I tell someone I am living with HIV? That my gender is not the one I was assigned at birth? That I am not who you think I am, or who you would like me to be? In this lecture Prof Weait explores law’s assumptions about the ‘normal’ body and its expectation that we should disclose any ‘abnormality’. Focusing on recent cases in which people have been disciplined and punished for failing to conform to socially and culturally valorised physiological and gendered ideals, Matthew suggests that the law, far from protecting us against threats or affirming our rights, serves rather to shore up hegemonic values.

Prof Matthew Weait’s academic background is in law, criminology, and socio-legal studies. He works at the University of Portsmouth and is Dean of the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences.


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Date Added: 5 Jun 2017
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