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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

Typically, meetings last about two hours and are held on Fridays at 12noon-2:00 p.m. in the Garrison Hall Conference Room 1.102. 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?

To participate in the symposium as a presenter, panelist, speaker, performer, etc., please see our Call for Presenters page or directly contact the symposium’s organizers at gendersymposium@gmail.com.

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Featured speakers in Fall 2019

  • What’s Sexy in Gender Studies
    September 20. A faculty panel discusses the past, present, and future of women, gender, and sexuality studies.
  • The Conjure Woman: Solange’s Performance of the Black-South Ethos
    September 27. La’Kayla Williams, Women and Gender Studies.
  • Blood as Thick as Water: (Re)Negotiating the Limits of Black LGBTT Memory
    October 11. Joshua Reason, Teresa Lozano Long Institute for Latin American Studies.
  • Gender, Gales, and Grifts: Gender and Social Theory in Enlightenment Scotland
    October 25. Andrew Wilkins, Department of History
  • Film, Gender, and Women in the Global South: A Panel
    November 11.
    • “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"
    October 22. Martha Scott Burton, Department of Art and Art History.
  • ’In Perfect Moral Security’: Gender, Maritime Legislation, and the Shaping of British Seapower
    December 6. Julia Stryker, Department of History.

Past presenters

The 2018-2019 academic year included the following presentations:

● "Getting to Know the Gender Symposium" roundtable discussion with the Gender Symposium Committee, coordinators past and present, faculty, and presenters
● "Theorizing Espionage as a Mode of Modernist Selfhood"
● "George Eliot and Her Women: The Representation of Women and Gender in George Eliot’s Fiction"
● "‘Scandalizing the Public’: Clothing and Perception in Mexico City’s Seventeenth-Century Inquisitorial Sumptuary Trials"
● "From White Slavery to Yellow Traffic: Chinese Women, Intimate Labor, and the Brothel Economy in British Malaya, 1900s-1930s"
● "Whether it was with my family or with my job, I feel so damn guilty:” Working Mothers in Student Affairs"
● "Gendered Political Spheres: Property Rights Litigation and Democracy Activism in Post-1990 Nepal"
● "Fashioning China: Precarious creativity of women designers in Shanzhai culture"
● "La Resistencia: Cultural and Socio-Political Resistance of Black Women in Puerto Rico"
● "Darwinian Sensualities: Havelock Ellis, Sexual Inversion, and Late Nineteenth-Century Evolutionary Theory"
● "Woman Fighters, Sentiment, and Female Subjectivity in Chinese Martial Arts Narrative, 1895-1945."
● "Voices from the Shadows: Narratives of Homosexuality in Yugoslav Popular Music"
● "The Young within Thy Walls: Petitioners, Spanish-Indian Offspring, and the Origins of the Terms 'Mestiza' and 'Mestizo' in the 16th Century Spanish Empire"
● “A Simulacrum of Birth: The Pedagogical Instruments and Obstetrical Course of Madame du Coudray"
● “Quiet Storms: African American Women Senior-level Administrators at Predominantly White Institutions as Tempered Radicals for Social Justice”
● “Gendered Construction of Peacemaking in Postwar El Salvador”
● “Women, Diplomacy, and Propaganda in U.S.-Chinese Détente, 1964-1979”
● “Rebellion in the General Hospital: Medical Experimentation, Forced Sterilization, and Revolutionary Doctors in Mexico City, 1932"
● “Spirit Queens: Gender, Play and Possession in Fela Kuti’s Afrobeat”
● “Invading ethnography: A queer of color approach”
● “Gender and Performance: Body Autonomy, Resilience and Naked Female Bodies”

Symposium on Gender, History, and Sexuality | Fall 2018 Schedule
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