Historicizing Sex: A State of the Field Conference in Early Modern Gender and Sexuality Studies
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.