History Department
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"Sodomy, Masculinity, and the Creation of Boyhood in Buenos Aires, 1853-1912" by Julia Ogden, UT Austin (IHS New Work in Progress Workshop)

Mon, December 2, 2013 | GAR 4.100

12:00 PM - 1:30 PM

Julia Ogden is a Ph.D. candidate in the History Department at the University of Texas at Austin. After receiving her Master’s from UT Austin in 2011, she conducted dissertation research in Buenos Aires, Argentina as a Fulbright Scholar. She is now in the final stages of writing her dissertation entitled, “Between Protection and Punishment: Childhood, Sexual Crimes, and State Formation in Buenos Aires, 1853-1912,” which examines the intimate relationship between the emergence of “childhood” as a discrete social and legal category and the formation of the Argentine state. Tracing both the reconceptualization of illicit sexuality through the codification of penal law, and how criminal tribunals dealt with victims and perpetrators of sexual transgressions, her work illuminates how the Argentine state came to protect poor, urban boys and girls for the first time at the turn of the twentieth century. Julia graduated summa cum laude from the University of Colorado, Boulder in 2007 with dual Bachelor’s Degrees in History and Spanish Language and Literature.

"The workshop paper examines how the modern categories of 'boyhood' and 'adolescence' emerged from the reconceptualization of sexual crimes in Argentina between 1853 and 1912," writes Julia. "Drawing primarily from 63 court cases of sodomy, it traces how judicial authorities treated young male victims who came before the tribunals according to their age, notions of consent and violence, and elite ideals of proper masculinity. It argues that both the law and state officials eventually incorporated and protected boys younger than twelve in the emerging category of innocent, gender-neutral childhood. At the same time, adolescents increasingly faced assault with impunity due to new ideas of pubescent intellectual development, ideals of virile masculinity and the stigmatization of 'passive' men, and a growing concern with juvenile delinquency at the turn of the twentieth century."

Read more about Julia Ogden's work at:

Dr. Steven Mintz, Professor of History, UT Austin, and Executive Director, Institute for Transformational Learning, UT System.

This is the second workshop in the 2013-14 New Work in Progress series for advanced graduate students. Learn more about upcoming NWP workshops at: www.utexas.edu/cola/insts/historicalstudies/newworkinprogress/Works-in-Progress.php

If you're interested in attending, please reply to Courtney Meador by 4pm on Wednesday, Nov. 27 (we will accept RSVPs through Friday, Nov. 29, 9am, but would appreciate an earlier response if possible).

Sponsored by: Institute for Historical Studies in the Department of History

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