“Libidinal Investments: Emerging Scholarship on Sexualities and the Social”
March 29-30, 2012
“Libidinal Investments” sought to spotlight the work of young scholars, especially those who have recently completed dissertations and are beginning their academic careers. We invited seven of the top finalists from our previous year’s postdoctoral competition, who joined our two Postdoctoral Fellows in presenting their work in three panels over the course of the workshop. These scholars represented such disciplines as Anthropology, English, History, and Sociology; they came from institutions that included Princeton, the University of Pennsylvania, Rice, and Yale.
The workshop began with a keynote address by SPAN Visiting Professor Richard Parker of Columbia University, in a talk that was co-sponsored by the Global Health Studies program and the Department of Anthropology. The talk was entitled: “Sexual Matters, the Politics of HIV and AIDS, and the Invention of Global Health,” and the standing-room-only audience was welcomed by Dean Dwight McBride of the Graduate School.
In addition to including younger scholars, the workshop also explicitly focused on the “next next” generation of sexuality scholars: graduate students. Nine Northwestern University graduate students (from African American Studies, Anthropology, Law, Performance Studies, Political Science, and Sociology) delivered short comments on the papers presented by the visitors and postdocs.
Finally, we also invited Douglas Mitchell, Executive Editor at the University of Chicago Press, to serve on a panel along with Richard Parker (who is also editor-in-chief of the journal Global Public Health and founding editor of Culture, Health & Sexuality) to discuss trends in publishing in sexuality studies and provide advice to the workshop attendees.
|Special guest speakers||Northwestern University speakers||Northwestern Ph.D student commentators|
Julio Cesar Capó, Jr., University of Massachusetts, Amherst
John Song-Pae Cho, University of California, Berkley
Kimberly Kay Hoang, Boston College
Danielle Hidalgo, Montana State University
Tey Meadow, Princeton University
Douglas Mitchell, University of Chicago
Richard Parker, Columbia University
Andrew Israel Ross, Kenyon College
Ben Singer, University of Pennsylvania
Kirsten Leng (2011-2013 Postdoctoral Fellow in Gender & Sexuality Studies/ History)
Evren Savci (2011-2013 Postdoctoral Fellow in Gender & Sexuality Studies)
Tera Agyepong (African American Studies/ Law)
Savina Balasubramanian (Sociology)
Clare Forstie (Sociology/ Gender & Sexuality Studies)
Theo Greene (Sociology)
Eli Krell (Performance Studies)
Greg Mitchell (Performance Studies)
Melissa Minor Peters (Anthropology/ Public Health)
Anna Terwiel (Political Science)
Christine Wood (Sociology)