Queer Disciplining Public Roundtable & Philology/Sexology Workshop

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September 29, 2016
United States
Subject Fields: 
Colonial and Post-Colonial History / Studies, Intellectual History, Sexuality Studies, Women's & Gender History / Studies, World History / Studies

Queer Disciplining: Method and the Study of Sex

September 29, 2016

Join us for a conversation with Heather Love, Anjali Arondekar, Carolyn Dinshaw, Omnia El Shakry 

4:00-6:00 PM University College Room 140 

Sexual Diversity Studies, University of Toronto


This roundtable brings together scholars of sexuality from diverse disciplinary backgrounds who work on a range of time periods, in different genres, and across geopolitical spaces. The title, Queer Disciplining, is meant to provoke us to think together about what our disciplines and other forms of disciplining bring to the study of sex. As participants of this roundtable have emphasized, Queer Studies has at points denied the ways in which it is shaped by its institutional history, privileges, and location in Euro-American contexts, favoring certain idealized modes of inquiry while disavowing others. Our roundtable returns to the question of discipline in order to formulate the unique contribution that the study of sex has to disparate disciplines, and to queer theory itself.


Workshop: Philology/Sexology
September 30, 2016

About the Workshop:

While Edward Said called philology “the least sexy […] of any of the branches of learning associated with humanism”, our workshop brings the tools of philology and its history to bear on the study of sexuality. We wish to trace how the foundational sciences of philology and sexology -- the study of languages and societies and the study of sex -- are related. We ask: how did philology-- broadly conceived as the study of languages, texts, and cultures-- shape the modern study of sex and sexuality, and conversely, how did the study of sex and sexuality become foundational to the project of philology in the modern world? In order to address these questions, we will bring together junior and senior scholars of sexuality working on textual traditions from South Asia, East Asia, the Middle East, Europe and the United States. From these different traditions, we will create an interdisciplinary conversation that explores the intersection of philology and sexology, and further, develops together a queer feminist philology that addresses foundational understandings of history that shape the study of sex in the modern world.


Durba Mitra, Assistant Professor, Fordham University 
Zohar Weiman-Kelman, Assistant Professor, Ben Gurion University of the Negev


Anjali Arondekar, University of California, Santa Cruz
Carolyn Dinshaw, New York University
Omnia El Shakry, University of California, Davis
Dina Georgis, University of Toronto
Heather Love, University of Pennsylvania
Emily Owens, Brown University
Evren Savci, San Francisco State University 
Yvon Wang, University of Toronto

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Durba Mitra, dmitra1@fordham.edu

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