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About the Symposium on Gender, History, and Sexuality

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The Symposium on Gender, History, and Sexuality has been a fixture in The University of Texas (UT) Department of History since 2002, offering a forum for graduate students and faculty to present papers and works-in-progress for discussion in a relaxed and collegial atmosphere.


The Gender Symposium seeks to provide an interdisciplinary forum for the discussion of historical approaches to gender and sexuality. We aim to build a community of scholars working together to explore the benefits and challenges of incorporating these issues into their research. Gender and sexuality are not topics that we see as narrowly defined. We encourage engagement with a variety of subjects, methodologies, and approaches. Our goal is to explore the creative and scholarly potential of gender and sexuality as fields of inquiry.


When and where we meet

All Fall 2020 meetings will be held via Zoom. Anyone interested in attending can register here. Once registered, access is granted for all Fall 2020 meetings. Meetings are open to all.

Each year, the symposium invites prominent outside scholars in gender or sexuality studies to campus for a formal talk, as well as activities that offer the visiting scholar the opportunity to meet and discuss research with UT graduate students from a variety of disciplines.

Graduate student-oriented and graduate-run organization

As a graduate student-oriented and graduate student-run organization the symposium maintains a commitment to offering grad students opportunities to have their work reviewed by peers, create ties with students across disciplines, and build relationships with faculty members and visiting scholars.  We encourage diverse styles of presentation, including:  informal presentations about research experience and/or primary sources, workshops that focus on a work-in-progress, critical discussions of a selection of readings, and formal presentations of conference papers or dissertation chapters.

Want to participate?

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To participate in the symposium as a presenter, panelist, speaker, performer, etc., please subscribe to our listserv and respond to our Calls for Presenters, sent in advance of each semester. You can also directly contact the symposium’s organizers at gendersymposium@gmail.com.

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Featured speakers in Fall 2020

• "Effeminacy and the Making of the Political Community in Late Colonial Colombia"
September 25. Alex Chaparro-Silva, UT Department of History

• "Queering Stagecoach Mary: Gendered Digressions, Subversive Intimacies, and Alternate Trajectories"
October 9. Candice Lyons, UT Department of African and African Diaspora Studies

• "Laying Golden Eggs: Agro-citizenship and the Rise of Family and Consumer Science on Mrs. A.J. Wilder's Rocky Ridge Farm"
October 23. Coyote Shook, UT Department of American Studies

• "Ideal Men and Dream Women: Photography, Computer Matchmaking, and the Partnership Market in twen during the Sexual Revolution, 1967-1970"
November 6. Natalie Cincotta, UT Department of History

• "Native Women and the Petition: Contextualizing Wampanoag Land Petitions in the Native Northeast, 1800-1835"
November 20. Alina Scott, UT Department of History

Past presenters

The 2019-2020 academic year included the following presentations:

  • “What’s Sexy in Gender Studies”
    Faculty panel on the past, present, and future of women, gender, and sexuality studies
  • “The Conjure Woman: Solange’s Performance of the Black-South Ethos"
    La’Kayla Williams, Women and Gender Studies
  • “Blood as Thick as Water: (Re)Negotiating the Limits of Black LGBTT Memory”
    Joshua Reason, Teresa Lozano Long Institute for Latin American Studies
  • “Gender, Gales, and Grifts: Gender and Social Theory in Enlightenment Scotland”
    Andrew Wilkins, Department of History
  • “Film, Gender, and Women in the Global South" Panel Discussion, featuring:
    • “The Cinematic Petenera: Lola Flores in México
      Mariana Sabino-Salazar, Department of Spanish and Portuguese
    • Akrahak! Critique and Affection in the Egyptian Appropriation Film
      Hazam Fahmy, Center for Middle Eastern Studies.
    • “Beyond the Camera: Women of the Mumbai Film Industry
      Zeltzyn Rubi Sanches Lozoya, Department of Asian Studies
  • "The Ghost in the Machine: LaToya Ruby Frazier’s Self-Portraits in The Notion of Family"
    Martha Scott Burton, Department of Art and Art History.
  • ’In Perfect Moral Security’: Gender, Maritime Legislation, and the Shaping of British SeapowerJulia Stryker, Department of History
  • “‘Dared Never Speak of This’: Sound and Sodomy in France, 1540-1670”
    Alex Taft, Department of History
  • "Black Women's Diasporic Networks and Social Justice Activism"
    Tiana Wilson (Department of History) and Daisy Guzman (African and African Diaspora Studies)

Symposium on Gender, History, and Sexuality | Fall 2020 Schedule
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