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.


The Newberry Seminar on Gender and Sexuality gathers scholars from a variety of fields to share their works in progress. We explore diverse topics and genres-such as race, ethnicity, diaspora, indigeneity, disability, intersectionality, violence, religion, performance, memory, family, aesthetics, and activism-through the prisms of gender and/or sexuality. Our focus is on the United States and North America across all time periods. However, we also welcome transnational scholarship as well as papers on non-American aspects of the history of gender and sexuality. Ideally, our meetings will stimulate wide-ranging discussions applicable for use in classrooms and professional forums. Presenting at the seminar is open to graduate students, independent scholars, and faculty in women, gender, and sexuality studies; history; cultural studies; theatre and performance studies; art and art history; American studies; critical race and ethnic studies; queer and trans studies; and other fields.


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.Francesca Morgan, Northeastern Illinois University;Elizabeth W. Son, Northwestern University; and Ronak Kapadia, University of Illinois at Chicago are the coordinators for the 2018-2019 seminar.


The Gender and Sexuality Seminar 2018-2019 Call for Proposals is now CLOSED. Proposals for 2019-2020 will be accepted beginning March 1, 2019.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.


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View Past Seminars on Gender and Sexuality.

Seminar Schedule 2018-2019

Friday, September 28, 2018
Embodied Reckonings: "Comfort Women," Performance, and Transpacific Redress Book Talk
Embodied Reckonings: “Comfort Women,” Performance, and Transpacific Redress
Friday, October 26, 2018
Black Gay Lives Matter: Mobilizing Sexual Identities From Chicago to London, 1980s
Friday, February 22, 2019
“Japanese Laborers in the Guise of Wives”: Gender, Labor, and the Anti-Japanese Movement
Friday, April 5, 2019
Reframing Suicide: Queer Diasporic and Indigenous Imaginaries