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On behalf of OutHistory.org, we are pleased to invite you to Gay American History @ 40 Conference held at The New School from May 4th to 6th, 2016. This conference marks the fortieth anniversary of Jonathan Ned Katz's Gay American History: Lesbians and Gay Men in the USA (1976) and will highlight the ways in which theories, categories, research methods and priorities have been constructed, challenged, and reconstructed over the last forty years of historical research on sexuality and gender.

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On behalf of OutHistory.org, we are pleased to invite you to the Gay

American History @ 40 Conference held at The New School from

May 4th to 6th, 2016. This conference marks the fortieth anniversary

of Jonathan Ned Katz’s Gay American History: Lesbians and Gay

Men in the USA (1976) and will highlight the ways in which theories,

categories, research methods and priorities have been constructed,

challenged, and reconstructed over the last forty years of historical

research on sexuality and gender.

image courtesy Curtis Ryan

As a founding text of LGBTQ history, GAH appeared before the

modern institutionalization of such studies, when such research was

actively discouraged in universities, and it was not clear that such

scholarship had any future. Drawing together an unprecedented

collection of documents produced since 1566, GAH anticipated and

inspired many aspects of the LGBTQ history research that followed.

This anniversary provides an opportunity for reflecting on earlier work

on sexual and gender history and the growth of the field since 1976.

Our keynote speaker, Susan Stryker, is Director of the

Institute for LGBT Studies and Associate Professor of

Gender and Women’s Studies at the University of

Arizona. She is founding co-editor of the Duke

University Press journal TSQ: Transgender Studies

Quarterly, co-editor of the Lambda Literary Awardwinning

Transgender Studies Reader and Ruth

Benedict Book Prize-winning Transgender Studies

Reader 2, author of the Alan Bray Book Prizenominated

Transgender History, and co-writer/director/producer of

the Emmy Award-winning documentary film Screaming Queens: The

Riot at Compton’s Cafeteria. She has been honored with both the

David Kessler and Eric Brudner Awards for lifetime contribution to

LGBTQ Studies.

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