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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.


Our goals are to build a community of scholars interested in exploring the benefits and challenges of incorporating issues of gender and sexuality into their work, and to maintain a historically informed discussion about the field of gender and sexuality studies across academic disciplines. Because our primary focus is to include presenters engaging in different methods and styles of research, gender and sexuality are not topics that we see as narrowly defined. Instead, our goal is to explore the creative and scholarly potential of gender and sexuality as fields of inquiry.

Prof. Jacqueline Jones, one of panelist at Gender Symposium discussion on Gender at Work, Sept. 23, 2010

Dr. Jacqueline Jones, panelist at Gender Symposium discussion on "Gender at Work,"
Sept. 23, 2010

When and where we meet

The symposium meets every other week to discuss student papers or pre-circulated chapters, hold panel discussions, or listen to a talk by a faculty member or visiting scholar. 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. Our 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 are funded primarily by the History Department and the Office of the Dean of Liberal Arts, but receive additional funding for special programs from other programs or departments at UT. The faculty advisor is Professor Laurie Green.

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, Samantha R. Rubino and Michelle Daneri at

To receive emails about upcoming gender symposium events and updates, please subscribe to our listserv at this link.

Or to join our Facebook Group, please visit this page.

Featured speakers and past presenters

March 3, 2011
Dr. Ann Little, Associate Professor of History, Colorado State University
“Cowgirl Up: The Politics and Perils of Academic Feminist Blogging”

March 2, 2011
Dr. Bianca Premo, Associate Professor of History, Florida International University
“Taking Tryants to Courts: How Women and Other Litigants Made a Spanish Imperial Enlightenment”
Co-sponsored by the Latin American Distinguished Speaker Series

February 18, 2011
Sheil Malovany-Chevallier and Constance Borde
“Retranslating the Second Sex for the 21st Century: Sex, Gender, and Philosophy”
Co-sponsored by the Harry Ransom Center, the Center for Women’s and Gender Studies, the Humanities Institute, the Institute for Historical Studies, the Department of French and Italian, the Center for European Studies, and the Department of History

February 3, 2011
Dr. Julie Hardwick, Professor of History, Director of the Institute for Historical Studies, UT
“Sex in the 17th Century City”

November 12, 2010
Dr. Robert Jensen, Professor of Journalism, UT
“Still Riding the Second Wave: The Importance of Radical Feminism in Reactionary Times"

November 5, 2010
Kelli Mosteller, Ph.D. student, Department of History at UT
"Without Distinction of Sex: Promoting Land Right of Citizen Potawatomi Women"

October 22, 2010
Peter Weiss, Ph.D. student, Department of History at UT
“Rebecca Couch's Pan-Mississippi Journey"

October 8, 2010
Takkara Brunson, Ph.D. student, Department of History at UT
“Eusebia Cosme and the Transnational Dimensions of Afro-Cuban Womanhood, 1930-1958"

September 23, 2010
Drs. Jacqueline Jones, Philippa Levine, Ann Twinam, Professors of History at UT; Dr. Zipporah Wiseman, Professor of Law, UT Law School
“Gender at Work: A Roundtable Discussion on the Evolution of Gender in Academic Work"

March 26, 2010
Dr. Hina Azam, Assistant Professor of Middle Eastern Studies, UT
“The Notion of the Erotic in Popular Islamic Advice Literature”

October 30, 2009
Gail Collins, New York Times columnist and author discusses her new book, When Everything Changed: The Amazing Journey of American Women from 1960 to the Present

October 23, 2009
Dr. Robert Abzug, Oliver H. Radkey Regents Professor of History and Director of the Schusterman Center for Jewish Studies, UT
“The Men in Rollo May's Life: The Rich and Complicated Male World of a 20th Century Psychologist”

October 9, 2009
Dr. Judy Coffin, Associate Professor of History, UT
“Beauvoir, Kinsey and Mid-Century Sex”

September 12, 2009
A panel discussion featuring UT Austin Professors: Dr. Kim Alidio, Assistant Professor, History; Dr. Tiffany Gill, Assistant Professor, History; Dr. Neville Hoad, Associate Professor, Dept. of English; Dr. Robert Jensen, Associate Professor, Dept. of Journalism; Dr. Shannon Speed, Assistant Professor, Dept. of Anthropology; Sarah Weddington, Esq., Adjunct Professor, Center for Women's and Gender Studies
"Activism in the Academy and Beyond: Gender Studies and Social Change "

April 10, 2009
Dr. Joanne Meyerowitz, Professor of History and American Studies, Yale University
“Liberalism and the Contested Politics of Postwar Sexuality”

November 11, 2008
Veronica Martinez-Matsuda, Ph.D. student, Department of History, UT
The workshop will be based on a chapter from Martinez-Matsuda’s dissertation on federal labor camps in South Texas entitled:
"(De)Constructing Migrant Communities: Race, Labor, Architecture and the Federal Camp Space."

April 25, 2008
Dr. Laurie Green, Associate Professor of History, UT
"Memphis and the Racialization of Hunger: Neighborhood Activism, Medical Research, and the War on Poverty"

April 11, 2008
Dr. George Chauncey, Professor of History, Yale University
"The Strange Career of the Closet: The Culture and Politics of Homosexuality from the Second World War to the Gay Liberation Era"

Past presenters also include: Dr. Leah DeVun on “Surgery and Intersexuality in the Late Middle Ages;” Richard Gachot, Kathryn Hixson, Mariana Ivanova, and Laura Lindenberger Wellen, on gender and the aesthetics of Weimar Germany; Angela Smith on “Early Modern Midwifery;” Dr. Lilya Kagonovsky on visual studies and gender; and Dr. James Brooks on “Conflict and Creativity in the Southwestern Borderlands,” and many more.

To be in the company of our many excellent presenters, please visit our Call for Presenters page, and get in touch with Samantha R. Rubino and Michelle Daneri.

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• Faculty research
• Scholarships and awards for our graduate and undergraduate students
• Teaching and Symposia Enrichment

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