Fall 2013: Teaching, Talking, and Tending to the Dissertation

As fall quarter approaches, I’m preparing to teach an undergraduate seminar at the University of Chicago. Sex + Sexualities in Modern U.S. History (GNSE22704|HIST27205) will kick off the second full year of the Closeted/Out in the Quadrangles project at the Center for the Study of Gender and Sexuality, in partnership with the University archives at Special Collections Research Center.

Interested in hearing more on our progress? I’ll be speaking about the project at the University’s Humanities Day (October 19) and the Gender and Sexuality Studies Workshop (October 29), and with the Digital Humanities Caucus at the American Studies Association annual meeting (November 22).

In addition, I’m thrilled to be named a Junior Fellow of the Martin Marty Center for the Advanced Study of Religion at the University of Chicago Divinity School for the 2013-2014 academic year. As a Marty Fellow, I’ll be completing my dissertation and teaching a course on U.S. women’s history in Spring 2014.

Fall quarter starts in 18 days. Are you ready?!

“Collecting on the Edges” at Big Berks 2014

I’m delighted that a panel I organized for the 2014 Berkshire Conference on Women’s History (aka the Berks) has been accepted. Collecting on the Edges: Gender and Sexuality in the University Archive will feature not only our efforts at the University of Chicago to build new archival collections in gender and sexuality, but also the work of graduate students, faculty, and librarians at repositories including the Women & Leadership Archives at Loyola University Chicago, the Pride Library at the University of Western Ontario, and the Transgender Archives at UVic.

Through collection profiles and explorations of queer and archival theory, we will highlight how sexuality has been hidden in established University archives, and can become a new collections priority at our institutions. In doing so, we hope to explore issues of public engagement in LGBT history, the role of archives in mediating knowledge of this history, and the challenges and opportunities of partnering with University repositories.

See you in Toronto next May!

Summer Oral History Project News

This month the Closeted/Out on the Quadrangles Project, which I supervise, recorded its 40th oral history interview since September 2012.

To showcase the ongoing work of the project, we’re starting to collect our thoughts on tumblr. Over time, we’ll use it as a space to share findings and highlight the courses, programs, undergraduate student work, and public history stories associated with the larger world of history of sexuality research.

Follow us here.

Bodies of Evidence | Nan Boyd on Oral History

Bodies of EvidenceAs part of my work for the Closeted/Out project, I have been organizing a series of workshops that bring visiting scholars to campus to join us in ongoing conversations about the role of gender and sexuality studies in public history theory and practice. Previous talks have featured Jennifer Brier, Associate Professor of History and Gender & Women’s Studies at the University of Illinois-Chicago (and a recent NEA grant recipient for her Mobile Museum!), and Tim Stewart-Winter, Assistant Professor of History at Rutgers-Newark, where he is also a steering committee member of the Queer Newark project. This Thursday, May 30 at noon, we’re thrilled to welcome Nan Alamilla Boyd, Professor of Women and Gender Studies at San Francisco State University, to discuss her recent edited volume, Bodies of Evidence: the Practice of Queer Oral History (Oxford UP, 2012).

For more information on Professor Boyd’s visit (and to RSVP), visit the CSGS Event Calendar.

Expose Yourself! Research Talk

This Thursday, May 2, I will speak about my research on nineteenth-century U.S. religious publishing and women readers as part of the University of Chicago’s Office of Graduate Student Affairs tour of Special Collections Research Center. For more on the evening’s program, visit Expose Yourself!

Register for the event online here.