Cultural Studies Hosts “New Sex” Conference

Posted: March 26, 2003 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

By Sharon Taylor

“New Sex: Changing Conditions of Gender, Sexuality, and Intimacy,” a conference sponsored by George Mason’s Cultural Studies Program, will be held tomorrow from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. in the Johnson Center. The conference is divided into two sessions: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Cinema, and 3 to 7 p.m. in Dewberry Hall.

The conference is an outgrowth of a colloquium for students in cultural studies, which brought national and international guest lecturers to present on a broad range of issues in cultural studies. Conference organizers hope to achieve greater integration of the subject matter by consolidating the efforts of guest scholars to produce a scholarly exchange between students and speakers.

Topics include “Changing Relationships Among Sex, Politics, and the State,” “Gay Visibility and the Changing Faces of Lesbigay Politics,” and “Circuits of Desire: Sex and the Marketplace.” Mainstream author Jennifer Baumgardner, coauthor of Manifesta: Young Women, Feminism, and the Future, will present “Looking Both Ways: Bisexuality and Feminism.” Several academic authors will also speak, including E.J. Graff, author of What Is Marriage For.

The conference is cosponsored by University Life; the Office of the Provost; the Departments of Communication, History and Art History, Philosophy and Religious Studies, Sociology, and Anthropology; the Film and Media Studies Program, and the Women’s Center.

For more information, call (703) 993-2851 or visit culturalstudies.gmu.edu.

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