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Call for Presenters: Symposium on Gender, History, and Sexuality

History professors Indrani Chatterjee and Laurie Green, Dr. Julia Gossard, a postdoctoral research fellow. Photo by Thalia Juarez, Daily Texan Staff

History professors Indrani Chatterjee and Laurie Green, Dr. Julia Gossard, a postdoctoral research fellow. Photo by Thalia Juarez, Daily Texan Staff

2016-2017 Call for Presenters:
Symposium on Gender, History, and Sexuality

The Symposium on Gender, History, and Sexuality is currently looking for graduate students and faculty members interested in presenting their works. The symposium offers a space to discuss historical approaches to gender and sexuality. Our goals are to build a community of scholars interested in exploring the benefits and challenges of incorporating issues of gender and sexuality into their work, and to maintain a historically informed discussion about the field of gender and sexuality studies across academic disciplines. Because our primary focus is to include presenters engaging in different methods and styles of research, gender and sexuality are not topics that we see as narrowly defined. Instead, our goal is to explore the creative and scholarly potential of gender and sexuality as fields of inquiry.

We encourage and seek the participation of individuals from a variety of disciplines who critically engage history, gender, and sexuality in their works. There are a variety of opportunities available for presenters from an informal presentation about research experience and/or primary sources, a workshop that focuses on a work-in-progress, a critical discussion of a set of readings on a theoretical,  historiographical, or current issue, or a formal presentation of a conference paper or dissertation chapter. 
History graduate student, Takkara Brunson (c), listens to a question after presenting a talk on Eusebia Cosme, Oct. 8, 2010

History graduate student, Takkara Brunson (center), listens to a question after presenting a talk on Eusebia Cosme, Oct. 8, 2010


In the past, presenters have discussed a diverse range of topics. Last academic year presentations included: a roundtable discussion on the theoretical and methodical challenges of "doing" gender history; retrieving indigenous capital in nineteenth century South Asia; American military wives and Ikebana in occupation era and cold war Japan; the love children of Spanish San Antonio; gender roles in the Catholic Charismatic Renewal; rural kindergarten in the Great Leap Forward in Communist China; conceptions about sexuality through the Guaman Poma’s drawings; Lucy Parsons as the ‘High Priestess of American Anarchy’; sexual assault in the northern borderlands of Spanish Texas and Coahuila; finding working-class men in the histories of English homes; sexuality, exemplarity, and historiography; marriage, bigamy, and the inquisition; Belfast and transnational gay networks; founding charitable endowment in seventeenth century Istanbul.

We are currently looking for individuals to present their work during the 2016-2017 academic year. If you are interested in presenting at the Symposium, please contact the Symposium Co-Coordinators at gendersymposium@gmail.com and attach a short abstract (200 words max) of your project or presentation by August 15, 2016. The Symposium on Gender, History, and Sexuality usually meets every other Friday from 12-2 pm.

Last updated: August 25, 2016



Symposium’s organizers

Ogechukwu Ezekwem and Elizabeth A O'Brien
Email: Symposium Committee