CFP: [Gender Studies] Rethinking Sex: Graduate Student Seminar

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Matthew Goldmark
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Graduate Student Seminar
Thursday March 5, 2009

Leader: Judith Halberstam (Literature, University of Southern California)

This seminar provides graduate students with the opportunity to discuss
their reflections on Gayle Rubin’s essay “Thinking Sex” (1984). The
seminar will be a component of a larger state of the field conference in
gender and sexuality studies that celebrates the 25th anniversary of the
publication of Rubin’s essay.

Participants write brief position papers (5-7 pages) that are circulated
and read before the seminar. All approaches to Rubin’s work are welcome. We
encourage papers that consider “Thinking Sex” in relation to Rubin’s larger
body of work; in relation to its original publication context; in relation
to a longer lineage of sexuality scholarship and activism; or as an
influence on recent scholarship. Participants may also take Rubin’s work as
a way to launch discussions of their own scholarly projects.

Limited to approximately 15 graduate students, the small size format
encourages active discussion and leaves open the possibility for continued
conversation after the conference. The seminar will allow conference
attendees to seek funding from their home institutions in order to educate
themselves and their peers as they actively contribute to this reflection
on gender and sexuality studies. Lunch will be provided.

• To apply for the seminar, please email your position paper abstract (250
words) and a 1-page CV to Matt Goldmark at
• Deadline for seminar abstract and application is February 10, 2009.
• Participants will be notified February 15, 2009.
• Completed position papers must be emailed to by
March 1, 2009.

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