Ketil Slagstad

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Visiting address Kirkeveien 166 Fredrik Holsts hus 0450 Oslo
Postal address Postboks 1130 Blindern 0318 Oslo
Other affiliations Faculty of Medicine (Student)

Academic interests

My research interests lie in the intersection between history of science & medicine and science & technology studies. 

My PhD project, Biomedicalization of Transgender: Sex and Gender in Postwar Medicine, aims to analyze the medical terms which have been used to characterize, define, distinguish and pathologize biological, psychological and social sex and the extent to which these terms still have effect in the present. By so doing, we hope to shed light on the historical struggles and exercises of power within the field of transgender, in the medical discourse, in the public debate and among activists, that shaped the character of contemporary conceptions and practices.
The three overarching research objectives are to: (1) analyse how the concepts of "transvestitism" and "transsexualism" came into being, how the concepts were defined in different periods and how doctors diagnosed and treated patients who wanted gender-affirming therapy through the second half of the 20th century in practice; (2) explore the coming into being of the popular conception of "transsexuality" in the media and among activists and politicians; (3) explore the meetings of trans and non-binary people's meetings with the healthcare services and the perspectives of their caregivers.
The study will draw on a range of material from archival material, published sources (including books, newspaper articles, and medical journal articles), analysis of medical records and oral history interviews with trans and non-binary people, activists and health professionals.


MED3064 – Newer Medical History: Gender, Substance Use and Social Medicine


Ketil Slagstad graduated from medical school in 2011. He worked as a medical doctor before he became an editor of the Journal of the Norwegian Medical Association. He started as a PhD student in the history of medicine at the University of Oslo in 2019.

Tags: Medical History, Medicalisation, Medical Anthropology, Science and technology studies


  • Slagstad, Ketil (2022). Bureaucratizing Medicine: Creating a Gender Identity Clinic in the Welfare State. Isis. ISSN 0021-1753. 113(3), p. 469–490.
  • Slagstad, Ketil (2021). Transkjønn i medisinen - En historie om diagnoser mellom stigma og omsorg. In Hellum, Anne & Sørlie, Anniken (Ed.), Frihet, likhet og mangfold: Kjønnsidentitet og seksuell orientering i rettslig, medisinsk og samfunnsvitenskapelig kontekst. Gyldendal Akademisk. ISSN 9788205518698. p. 180–199.
  • Pedersen, Willy; Slagstad, Ketil & von Soest, Tilmann (2021). Nye seksualiteter, nye kjønn? . In Ødegård, Guro & Pedersen, Willy (Ed.), UNGDOMMEN. Cappelen Damm Akademisk. ISSN 978-82-02-73299-8. p. 295–315. doi: 10.23865/noasp.142.ch13. Full text in Research Archive
  • Slagstad, Ketil (2021). Society as Cause and Cure: The Norms of Transgender Social Medicine. Culture, Medicine and Psychiatry. ISSN 0165-005X. doi: 10.1007/s11013-021-09727-4. Full text in Research Archive
  • Slagstad, Ketil (2021). The Political Nature of Sex — Transgender in the History of Medicine. New England Journal of Medicine. ISSN 0028-4793. doi: 10.1056/NEJMms2029814. Full text in Research Archive
  • Slagstad, Ketil (2020). Meaning and Matter in Psychiatry: A Historical View and a New Approach. European Journal for Person Centered Healthcare. ISSN 2052-5648. 8(3), p. 376–384. doi: 10.5750/ejpch.v8i3.1866. Full text in Research Archive
  • Slagstad, Ketil (2020). The Amphibious Nature of AIDS Activism: Medical Professionals and Gay and Lesbian Communities in Norway, 1975–87. Medical history. ISSN 0025-7273. 64(3), p. 401–435. doi: 10.1017/mdh.2020.21. Full text in Research Archive
  • Slagstad, Ketil (2020). The Pasts, Presents and Futures of AIDS, Norway (1983–1996). Social history of medicine. ISSN 0951-631X. doi: 10.1093/shm/hkaa018. Full text in Research Archive
  • Slagstad, Ketil (2019). Hjernen er ikke alene - Nettverksmodellen og psykiatrisk epistemologi. Tidsskrift for Norsk Psykologforening. ISSN 0332-6470. 56(11), p. 822–832.
  • Slagstad, Ketil & Hofmann, Bjørn (2017). Ny fostertest ble svaret, men hva var spørsmålet? Nytt Norsk Tidsskrift. ISSN 0800-336X. 34(2), p. 150–164. doi: 10.18261/issn.1504-3053-2017-02-04.
  • Slagstad, Ketil (2016). Sex, piller og moral. Nytt Norsk Tidsskrift. ISSN 0800-336X. 33(4), p. 285–295. doi: 10.18261/issn.1504-3053-2016-04-02.

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