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CTE meets #metoo: Violence and victimhood reconsidered in Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy

Dr. Aryn Martin, Associate Professor, Department of Sociology, York University will offer a nuanced perspective on the construction of domestic violence and sexual assault through a consideration of conditioning in certain professions and sports, and a speculation of the extent to which Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy plays a role.

Mar 15, 2018


CTE (chronic traumatic encephalopathy) is commonly known as the disease that football players, hockey enforcers and soldiers get from having their "bell rung” too many times. Without downplaying the seriousness of the concussion crisis, Dr. Martin argues that the binaries guilt/innocence and victimizer/victim have so far played out too simply in the case of CTE.

The minute an autopsied brain is made to offer up its dirty secrets, the deceased are born again as tragic victims of violence. Their biographies are rewritten an erstwhile personal failings, such as domestic violence and sexual assault, are swept under the rug of medicalization. Dr. Martin seeks to complicate this picture with an uncomfortable detail: from a very young age, these boys and men were recruited, honed and lavishly rewarded for doling out violence; that too may be a factor in fashioning their biosocial selves and the material of their brains.

Date: March 21, 2018
Time: 10:30 AM-11:30 AM
Location: L. R. Wilson Hall, Rm 1003 (Community Room)

ALL are welcome! View poster CTE meets #metoo