How do conjoined twins challenge our view of identity?

Alice Dreger

Conjoined twins are among the rarest of human beings. Revered in some cultures and vilified in others. How should we think about individuality in conjoined twinning, and should the phenomenon which is often seen as a medical “problem” be solved?

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Conjoined twins are among the rarest of human beings. Revered in some cultures and vilified in others. Of those who survive, what does it mean to your sense of self when you share a body? How should we think about individuality in conjoined twinning, and should the phenomenon which is often seen as a medical “problem” be solved?

Alice Dreger is an historian of medicine & science, a journalist, and an award-winning mainstream author who has been working on questions at the intersection of anatomy and identity for three decades. She has engaged in academic work and activism in support of individuals born with norm-challenging body types, as well as writing about the impact of cancel culture on academia. Her book One of Us: Conjoined Twins and the Future of Normal delves into the world of conjoined twins

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Duration

50 minutes

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30 minute talk

20 minute Member Q&A

Alice Dreger

Alice Dreger is a mainstream writer, an historian of medicine and science, and a journalist. An award-winning scholar, teacher, and writer, Dreger’s best-known book is Galileo’s Middle Finger: Heretics, Activists, and the Search for Justice in Science.