The Newberry Seminar on Gender and Sexuality | Newberry

The Newberry Seminar on Gender and Sexuality

Harriet Monroe in the Cass Street office of Poetry magazine, Harry Hansen Papers

Harriet Monroe in the Cass Street office of Poetry magazine, Harry Hansen Papers. Midwest MS Hansen Bx. 9 Fl. 914

Seminar sessions are held on Fridays from 3 pm to 5 pm at the Newberry, 60 West Walton Street, Chicago, Illinois.


This seminar explores diverse topics and genres-such as race, ethnicity, intersectionality, violence, religion, performance, memory, family, and activism-through the prisms of gender and/or sexuality. The focus is on the United States and North America across all time periods; however, we welcome transnational scholarship as well as papers on non-American aspects of the history of gender and/or sexuality.


The seminar’s co-sponsors are the history departments of DePaul University, Northeastern Illinois University, the University of Illinois at Chicago, and the Karla Scherer Center for the Study of American Culture at the University of Chicago.


Joan Johnson, Northeastern Illinois University; Francesca Morgan, Northeastern Illinois University; and Michelle Nickerson, Loyola University Chicago, are the coordinators for the 2015-2016 seminar.


Kathleen Belew, University of Chicago; Francesca Morgan, Northeastern Illinois University; and Elizabeth W. Son, Northwestern University are the coordinators for the 2016-2017 seminar.


The Gender and Sexuality Seminar 2016-2017 Call for Proposals is now open. Proposals will be accepted from March 1 to May 1, 2016. To submit a proposal, please visit our webform and upload a one-page proposal, a statement explaining the relationship of the paper to your other work, and a brief CV. Applications will not be accepted via email or in hard copy.


To attend, please read our Registration Information. Sign up to receive email updates about this seminar. View our flyer for the complete schedule in PDF form.


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Seminar Schedule 2015-2016

Friday, September 25, 2015
Women and Gender Seminar
Kitchen Ecology: Women, Cooking, and the Nature of Class in Gilded Age Chicago Courtney Wiersema, University of Notre Dame Sumptuary Laws and Consumer Rights: The New Woman and Chicago’s High Hat Problem Emily A. Remus, University of Notre Dame
Friday, October 23, 2015
Women and Gender Seminar
Aging Women and the Meanings of Work Melissa Walker, Converse College
Friday, November 20, 2015
Women and Gender Seminar
“We Had a Good Night”: Early 20th Century African American Women’s Economies, Evanston, IL Doria Johnson, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Friday, February 19, 2016
Women and Gender Seminar
“The “Chatty Old Lady”: Explorations in Gender and Genealogy” Francesca Morgan, Northeastern Illinois University “Married Names, Maiden Names, and Middle Names: Gender and Name Changing in the New York City Civil Court in the 20th Century” Kirsten Fermaglich, Michigan State University
Friday, March 18, 2016
Women and Gender Seminar
April Haynes, University of Wisconsin-Madison: Book Event Riotous Flesh: Women, Physiology, and the Solitary Vice in Nineteenth-century America