Eileen J. Findlay, American University
Abel Ricardo López, Western Washington University
Michelle McKinley, University of Oregon
Jocelyn Olcott, Duke University
Rebekah E. Pite, Lafayette College
This experimental session convenes seven US-based Latin Americanists who have remained engaged in Latin American gender/sexuality history, inviting them to dialog with each other and the CLAH/AHA audience about the continued relevance and strengths of gender and sexuality studies within Latin American history. The session balances focus and flexibility towards the subject and maximizes dialogue and participation; our moderator has successfully organized similar sessions elsewhere. Participants have helped to craft a set of questions, for which they will prepare short responses (as distinct from the short presentations common to round-tables) and circulate these responses among themselves before the conference. Panelists will briefly share their comments during the session at the prompting of the moderator. The comments allow panelists to introduce the nature of their engagement with the questions and then elicit further discussion among panelists and with the audience. This format enhances panelists’ collective preparation, offers the audience a dynamic exchange of views, and provides an accessible venue for audience participation. The number of panelists is justified by the format’s emphasis on conversation directed by an experienced moderator.
The questions include:
- Where is the most exciting gender/sexuality scholarship happening now?
- How does gender/sexuality analysis move North and South, shaping research and publication in Latin America and the North Atlantic?
- Why do so many path-breaking works/sub-fields of Latin American history leave gender/sexuality out?
- Why isn’t the feminist invitation to analyze “masculinity” taken up by more folks whose studies overwhelming look at men?
- Why is gender/sexuality often colleagues’ teaching but not their new scholarship?
- Where do graduate students have challenges using gender/sexuality analysis?
- Where has sexuality contributed to gender history? Does it necessarily?
- What programmatic support (or lack of) exists for gender/sexuality history in journals, presses, university programs?