History Department
History Department

Call for Presenters: Symposium on Gender, History, and Sexuality

History graduate student, Takkara Brunson (c), listens to a question after presenting a talk on Eusebia Cosme, Oct. 8, 2010

History graduate student, Takkara Brunson (center), listens to a question after presenting a talk on Eusebia Cosme, Oct. 8, 2010

2015-2016 Call for Presenters:
Symposium on Gender, History, and Sexuality

The Symposium on Gender, History, and Sexuality is currently looking for graduate students and faculty members interested in presenting their works. The symposium offers a space to discuss historical approaches to gender and sexuality. 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.

We encourage and seek the participation of individuals from a variety of disciplines who critically engage history, gender, and sexuality in their works. There are a variety of opportunities available for presenters from an informal presentation about research experience and/or primary sources, a workshop that focuses on a work-in-progress, a critical discussion of a set of readings on a theoretical, historiographical, or current issue or a formal presentation of a conference paper or dissertation chapter.  

In the past, presenters have discussed a diverse range of topics. Last academic year presentations included: a panel on the current immigration crisis and the toll it takes on families; the recruitment of WWII Latina servicewomen; the story of Polish exiles in Iran; an analysis of frontier masculinity in Antebellum America as depicted in the Davy Crockett Almanacs; traditional midwifery and childbirth as cultural performance in Nigeria; a study of the transfer of female children in British Malaya; an analysis of abortion rights and reproductive healthcare, and a sneak peak at Dr. Judith Coffin’s upcoming book in her presentation about letters written to Simone de Beauvoir.

We are currently looking for individuals to present their work during the 2015-2016 academic year. If you are interested in presenting at the Symposium, please contact the Symposium Co-Coordinators at gendersymposium@gmail.com and attach a short abstract (200 words max) of your project or presentation by August 15, 2015. The Symposium on Gender, History, and Sexuality usually meets every other Friday from 12-2 pm.

Last updated: July 27, 2015