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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

2018-2019 Call for Presenters:
Symposium on Gender, History, and Sexuality

The Symposium on Gender, History, and Sexuality will soon be looking for graduate students and faculty members to present their work for the 2019 spring semester. The Gender Symposium provides 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 therefore seek presenters who engage with a wide variety of subjects, methodologies, and approaches. Our goal is to explore the creative and scholarly potential of gender and sexuality as fields of inquiry.

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. As well as individual presentations, we also accept panel discussions to contribute various perspectives of gender studies.

Past presentations have covered a diverse range of topics. The last academic year included presentations on:
  • Geographies of Sin: Sex Work and Protest in World War I Egypt
  • Certain (Wo)men the English Shot: Cathleen ni Houlihan in the Centenary Commemorations of Ireland’s 1916 Rising
  • Miss Representation: The Portrayal of Women in Iranian Literature
  • “You Say I Am Wilderness. I Am”: Animality, Queerness, and Subject Formation in Beloved and A Mercy
  • Dowries & Tigers: More than Physical Risk from Gendered Divisions of Labor in Human-Tiger Landscapes
  • Social Pressures on Women during the Wehrmacht’s Occupation of Western Russia
  • Maria Boa: Female Prostitution and the Queer Subject
  • A Study on Sexual Violence and Indigenous Thinking
  • Born That Way: Search for a Gay Gene amid the U.S. Culture Wars
If you are interested in presenting at the Symposium, or have any questions at all, please contact the Symposium Co-Coordinators at gendersymposium@gmail.com and attach a short abstract (200 words max) of your project or presentation by November 30, 2018 at midnight. The Symposium on Gender, History, and Sexuality meets every other Friday from 12noon 2:00p.m. in the conference room of Garrison Hall.

We look forward to receiving your proposals.

Updated: September 10, 2018

Symposium’s organizers

Jing Zhai and Eddie Watson
Email: Symposium Committee