The Symposium focuses on interdisciplinary dialogue about the often controversial topic of genital cutting practices of male, female, and intersex children, and on strategies for protecting children from unnecessary genital alteration.
The Symposium features speakers from around the world, including the U.S., Canada, Australia, United Kingdom, Israel, Germany, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, and Liberia. Included are experts in healthcare law, bioethics, midwifery, pediatrics, medicine, psychology and psychotherapy, sociology, anthropology, religion, intersex advocacy, foreskin restoration, and children’s rights.
Beyond the Bris is pleased to report that seven of its contributing writers will be presenting at the conference. Ron Goldman will be speaking about the psychology of circumcision; Jennifer Margulis will be speaking about the business of circumcision; Lisa Braver Moss will be speaking about non-circumcising families in the Jewish community; Eran Sedah will be speaking (via Skype) about the anti-circumcision movement in Israel; Dr. Richard Schwartzman will be speaking about unconscious cruelty—the emotions behind genital cutting; Rebecca Wald will be speaking about Beyond the Bris; and Francelle Wax will be screening an excerpt from her forthcoming film.
These Symposia have taken place every other year since 1989, alternating between the United States and a location abroad. They are an important forum for advancing knowledge and thought on these issues, and for connecting people in the Genital Autonomy Movement from all over the world.
The 13th International Symposium on Genital Autonomy and Children’s Rights is sponsored by The National Organization of Circumcision Information Resource Centers (USA), Intact America (USA), Genital Autonomy (UK and Australia), and the Sexpo Foundation (Finland). It is locally organized by NOCIRC of Colorado.