Educational Bodies: The Performance of Gender and Sexuality in Academia
April 8, 2011, Cambridge, MA, with a pre-conference workshop presented by Jill Sigman on April 7.
- Committee on Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies, GSAS, Harvard University
- Harvard College Women’s Center
- The Open Gate Foundation
- Harvard College Queer Students and Allies
Keynote speaker: Tavia Nyong’o
Performance artist: Jill Sigman
The Committee on the Studies of Women, Gender and Sexuality at Harvard University and the Harvard College Women’s Center invites scholars, graduate students and undergraduates to explore the myriad possibilities of the performance of gender and sexuality in academic settings. To explain the significance of “performance”, it is vital to reflect on questions such as, “What is performance in an academic context?”, “How do performances of gender and sexuality shape our academic work and world?” and “How does academia shape the performance of gender and sexuality by academics?” Educational Bodies considers such performances as an entry point of exploration in three interrelated areas. These themes encourage conference participants to think differently and interdisciplinarily about performances of gender and sexuality they encounter and operate within—both consciously and subconsciously—in academic settings on a daily basis.
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