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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  meetings for Fall 2021 will be held via Zoom. Anyone interested in attending can register here. Once registered, access is granted for all Fall 2021 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 2021

• "From Femicide to Feminicidio: A Feminist Conceptual History"
October 7, 4-6 PM. Camila Ordorica-Bracamontes (she/her/hers), UT Department of History.

• "Perfect Wives, Future Mothers – Girls’ Education in Colonial Sri Lanka (1880-1930)"
October 21, 3-5 PM. Jessica Annette Albrecht (she/her/hers), University of Heidelberg, Department of the Study of Religion.

• "...I have finagled two females as… inamoratas, this is what is called service and sacrifice for the Fatherland”: Citizen Soldiers, Women and the Greek Long War (1912-23)"
November 7, 3-5 PM. Charalampos Minasidis (he/him/his), UT Department of History.

• "Perfect and Without Defect:” Reproductive Futurity, Disciplining Desire, and the Body as Destiny"
November 18, 3-5pm. Patricia Martins Marcos (she/her/ela), University of California, San Diego, Department of History & Science Studies.
• "Hijos y Héroes: Honorable Masculinity during the Malvinas War"
December 2, 3-5 PM. Paula O'Donnell (she/her/hers), UT Department of History

Past presenters

The 2020-2021 academic year included the following presentations:

  • "Effeminacy and the Making of the Political Community in Late Colonial Colombia"
    Alex Chaparro-Silva, UT Department of History
  • "Queering Stagecoach Mary: Gendered Digressions, Subversive Intimacies, and Alternate Trajectories"
    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"
    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"
    Natalie Cincotta, UT Department of History
  • "Native Women and the Petition: Contextualizing Wampanoag Land Petitions in the Native Northeast, 1800-1835"
    Alina Scott, UT Department of History

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