CFP: Symposium on Gender, History, and Sexuality (UT)

Deadline for applications: December 1, 2017

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

The Symposium on Gender, History, and Sexuality is looking for graduate students and faculty members to present their works for the 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 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.

Past presentations have exhibited a diverse range of topics. Last academic year included presentations on:

  • “Rebellion in the General Hospital: Medical Experimentation, Sterilization, and Revolutionary Doctors in Mexico City, 1932”
  • “Invading Ethnography: A Queer of Color Approach”
  • “Woman Fighters, Sentiment, and Female Subjectivity in Chinese Martial Arts Narrative, 1895-1945”
  • “Quiet Storms: African American Women Senior-level Administrators at Predominately White Institutions as Tempered Radicals for Social Justice”
  • “The Young Within Thy Walls: Petitioners, Spanish-Indian Offspring, and the Origins of the Terms ‘Mestiza’ and ‘Mestizo’ in the 16th Century Spanish Empire”
  • “Spirit Queens: Gender, Play and Possession in Fela Kuti’s Afrobeat”
  • “Darwinian Sensualities: Havelock Ellis, Sexual Inversion, and Late  nineteenth-Century Evolutionary Theory”

If you are interested in presenting at the Symposium, please contact the Symposium Co-Coordinators at and attach a short abstract (200 words max) of your project or presentation by​ December 1, 2017 at midnight. The Symposiumon Gender, History, and Sexuality meets every other Friday​ ​from 12-2 pm in the conference room of Garrison Hall .