Monday, November 22, 2010

Historicizing Sex

Melissa E. Sanchez writes:

Please mark your calendars for “Historicizing Sex: A State of the
Field Conference in Early Modern Gender and Sexuality Studies,” which
will take place at Penn on Friday, March 18, 2011. "Historicizing Sex”
will feature seven eminent scholars who will discuss the relationship
between historical inquiry and contemporary theory. How do we
understand the relations between past and present cultures? How do
the debates about race, empire, sovereignty, religion, and nationalism
that emerged in the early modern period intersect with gendered and
sexual ideals? How does attention to gender and sexuality complicate
or challenge traditional views of temporality and periodization? How
do feminist and queer theory intersect or diverge in discussions of
early modern representation of men, women, and their erotic desires
and practices?

Dympna Callaghan, Syracuse University, Professor of English
Richard Halpern, Johns Hopkins University, Professor of English
Coppélia Kahn, Brown University, Professor of English
Jeffrey Masten, Northwestern University, Professor of English and
Gender Studies
Patricia Parker, Stanford University, Professor of English and
Comparative Literature
Maureen Quilligan, Duke University, Professor of English
Richard Rambuss, Emory University, Professor of English and
Comparative Literature

"Historicizing Sex" is sponsored by a Mellon Cross-Cultural Contacts
Conference Grant and the English Department, History of Art
Department, History Department, Women's Studies Program and Alice Paul
Center, Comparative Literature Program, and Gender/Sexuality Studies
Group at the University of Pennsylvania.

Melissa E. Sanchez


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