GAH40 Program

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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.

WELCOME

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.


PANEL LOCATIONS (THURSDAY & FRIDAY)

A. THERESA LANG COMMUNITY AND STUDENT CENTER

ARNHOLD HALL

55 WEST 13TH STREET • I202

NEW YORK, NY 10011

B. KLEIN CONFERENCE ROOM

ALVIN JOHNSON/J.M. KAPLAN HALL

66 WEST 12TH STREET • A510

NEW YORK, NY 10011

C. STARR FOUNDATION HALL

UNIVERSITY CENTER

63 FIFTH AVENUE • UL102

NEW YORK, NY 10011


SCHEDULE

WEDNESDAY, MAY 4, 2016

PANEL LOCATION:

MOOT COURT ROOM

ROOM 6.68

JOHN JAY COLLEGE OF CRIMINAL JUSTICE

CITY UNIVERSITY OF NEW YORK

524 WEST 59TH STREET

NEW YORK, NY 10019

6:00–8:00 P.M.

REGISTRATION

6:30–8:00 P.M.

JOINT EVENT: CLAGS PUBLIC EVENT + PRE-CONFERENCE

ROUNDTABLE: FROM WOMEN’S LIBERATION TO THE

GENDER TURN: THE POLITICS OF LESBIAN HISTORY

• Featuring Claire Bond Potter, Cheryl Clarke, Caroll Smith-Rosenberg,

and others.

8:00–9:30 P.M.

WELCOME RECEPTION


THURSDAY, MAY 5, 2016

8:00 A.M.–6:00 P.M. Theresa Lang Center

REGISTRATION

8:45–9:00 A.M. Theresa Lang Center

WELCOME RECEPTION

9:00–10:00 A.M. Theresa Lang Center

OPENING KEYNOTE: SUSAN STRYKER

“1973: Remembering Queer History Otherwise”

10:00–10:30 A.M. Theresa Lang Center

MORNING TEA

10:30 A.M.–12:30 P.M. Theresa Lang Center

HISTORICIZING SEXUALITY AND GENDER

• Sarah Schulman “Writing Queer Historical Fiction: Sex and Race in

1950’s Working-Class New York in ‘The Cosmopolitans’”

• Jim Downs “‘Father Knows Best’:

The Marxist Roots of Gay American History”

• Holly Hughes “A Home for Wayward Girls”

• Michael Roberson “The Trans Sounds of Black Freedom”

• Chair and comment: Ricardo Montez

12:30–1:30 P.M. Theresa Lang Center

LUNCH

1:30–2:50 P.M. Theresa Lang Center

EARLY AMERICAN HISTORIES

• Richard Godbeer “Growing Up with Nicholas Sension:

Same Sex Intimacies in Early America”

• Jen Manion “Me and Deborah Sampson”

• Elizabeth Reis “Bodies in Doubt”

• Chair and comment: Kathleen Brown


3:00–4:30 P.M. Parallel Panels (Locations vary)

Theresa Lang Center

GENDER, SLAVERY, PERFORMATIVITY, AND SODOMY

IN THE LONG NINETEENTH CENTURY

• Thomas A. Foster “Enslaved Men and Same-Gender Intimacy”

• Alexandria Griffin “The Publick Universal Friend,

Gender, and ‘Earliness’ in Early America”

• Charles Upchurch “Denouncing the Sodomy Law

in Early Nineteenth-Century America”

• Caroline Radesky “The Erotics of History: The Embodiment of

History in Late Nineteenth and Early Twentieth-Century America”

• Chair and comment: Marc Stein

Starr Foundation Hall

WHAT ABOUT THE WORKERS?

• Carmen Acosta “Queer Power and Union Clout: Campaigning for Equity”

• Anne Balay “On the Road with T-Girls”

• James Halleman “Working People and Trans People”

• Miriam Frank “Does Queer Labor History Have a Future?”

• Chair and comment: Zeb Tortorici

4:30 P.M.–5:00 P.M. Theresa Lang Center

AFTERNOON TEA


5:00–6:30 P.M. Theresa Lang Center

QUEER TOURISM AND GENTRIFICATION: HERITAGE,

NEOLIBERALISM AND AFRICAN AMERICAN URBANITY

• Kevin McKenna “Making Capitol Hill Safe for Consumption:

The Greater Seattle Business Association and the City of Seattle

in the Gentrification of a Gay-Identified Neighborhood”

• Nan Alamilla Boyd “Queer Tourism and Late Capitalism:

San Francisco’s Fillmore and Castro”

• Kwame Holmes “Planning Around Queer Time: D.C.’s African

American Heritage Trails, and the Maturation of Black Urbanity”

• Chair and comment: Christina Hanhardt

6:30–7:30 P.M. Theresa Lang Center

EVENING PERFORMANCE AND DISCUSSION

Queer Inversion in Nath Ann Carrera and Amber Martin’s

Witch Camp, with Sean F. Edgecomb


FRIDAY, MAY 6, 2016

8:00 A.M.–6:00 P.M. Theresa Lang Center

REGISTRATION

9:00–10:30 A.M. Theresa Lang Center

HISTORY TENDS TO BURY WHAT IT SEEKS TO REJECT:

CONVERSATION WITH BLANCHE WIESEN COOK

• Featuring Blanche Wiesen Cook, Kelly Anderson, and

Marcia M. Gallo.

• Chair and comment: Nan Alamilla Boyd

10:30–11:00 A.M. Theresa Lang Center

MORNING TEA

11:00 A.M.–12:00 P.M. Theresa Lang Center

U.S. HOMOPHILE INTERNATIONALISM:

AN ONLINE ARCHIVE AND EXHIBIT OF THE 1950S AND 1960S

• Featuring Marc Stein, Tamara de Szegheo Lang, Marva Milo, Healy

Thompson, Carly Simpson, Dasha Serykh, and Shlomo Gleibman.

• Chair and comment: Rachel Cleves

12:00–1:00 P.M. Theresa Lang Center

LUNCH

1:00–2:30 P.M. Parallel Panels (Locations vary)

Theresa Lang Center

LEGACIES OF THE 1950S? CLASS, ORGANIZATION, SEXUALITY

AND POLITICS

• David K. Johnson “The Physique Era: Building and

Consolidating a Gay Consumer Market, 1951–1967”

• Aaron Lecklider “The Material World: Reframing Homosexuality and

the Left in the Shadow of the Cold War”

• Elizabeth Alice Clement “Queer Reactions to the Myth of Pedophilia”

• Rachel Hope Cleves “Gay American Food History:

Sex and Cookery in the Twentieth Century”

• Chair and comment: Tim Retzloff


Klein Conference Room

HISTORICIZING ACTIVISM & SOCIAL LIFE

• Jackie Gronau “A Double Erasure from the French Women’s

Movement and Scholarship”

• Rachel Gelfand “Oral History as Queer Practice:

Documenting the Atlanta Lesbian/Feminist Alliance”

• Simon D. Elin Fisher “Pauli Murray’s Peter Panic: Perspectives

from the Margins of Race and Gender in Jim Crow America”

• Harrison Apple “A Social Member in Good Standing:

Sexuality and Citizenship in Pittsburgh’s Working-

Class Gay and Lesbian Social Clubs 1960–1990”

• Chair and comment: Tim Stewart Winter

Starr Foundation Hall

LESBIAN RESISTANCE AND LOVE IN TWENTIETH CENTURY

AMERICAN HISTORY: RESTORING MORE STORIES

• La Shonda Mims “Lesbian Resistance and the Southern Belle”

• Alix Genter “‘Playing Straight’: Butch Discretion in Postwar America”

• Margaret Galvan “Grassroots Dykes, Alison Bechdel,

and the Histories of LGBTQ Print Media”

• Julie R. Enszer “The C.L.I.T. Papers: From Lesbian Separatism

as an Imagined Intervention to Lesbian Militancy”

• Chair and comment: Esther Newtown

2:40–4:10 P.M. Parallel Panels (Locations vary)

Theresa Lang Center

CAPTURING, PRESERVING, CREATING: 40 YEARS OF LESBIAN

• Morgan Gwenwald “TK (is for Lesbian Herstory Archives)”

• Shawn(ta) Smith-Cruz “TK (is for Lesbian Herstory Archives)”

• Bonnie J. Morris “The Disappearing L:

Erasure of Lesbian Spaces and Culture”

• Rebecca L. Davis “Heterosexuality: A Cultural History”

• Chair and comment: Miriam Frank


Starr Foundation Hall

ONLINE/DIGITAL QUEER HISTORIES

• Sarah Prager “Apps to Wikis:

The Digital Revolution in the Queer History Space”

• Orla Egan “Cork’s LGBT Community:

Creating an LGBT Digital Archive”

• Eric Nolan Gonzaba “Wearing What You Preach:

Making an LGBT Digital Archive”

• Chair and comment: Claire Bond Potter

Klein Conference Room

QUEER YOUTH HISTORIES

• Daniel Marshall “Gay American History’s Children”

• Beans Velocci “‘A Temptation to Children’: Sex, Money, and

the Meaning of Morality in Turn-of-the-Century New York.”

• Amanda Littauer “‘The Date of His Choice’: Queer Teens’ Fight for

Prom and the Persistence of High School Heteronormativity in the U.S.”

• Kevin McGruder “Sex and the Church: The Powells’ Efforts to

Maintain a Heterosexual Standard for Black Americans”

• Chair and comment: Regina Kunzel

4:10–4:30 P.M. Theresa Lang Center

AFTERNOON TEA

4:30–630 P.M. Theresa Lang Center

MAKING HISTORY PRACTICE AND THEORY

• Featuring Jonathan Ned Katz, John D’Emilio, Carole Vance,

Esther Newton, and Lisa Duggan.

• Chair and comment: Kevin Nadal

6:30–6:45 P.M. Theresa Lang Center

ACKNOWLEDGMENTS AND CLOSE

7:00–9:00 P.M.

CLAGS CLOSING RECEPTION

THE CENTER

208 WEST 13TH STREET | #301

NEW YORK, NY 10011


We wish to thank our sponsors: The Arcus Foundation, The

Digital Humanities Initiative, Historical Studies and Gender

Studies at The New School, CLAGS: The Center for LGBTQ

Studies at CUNY Graduate Center, and OutHistory.org for their

generous donations to GAH@40!

GAH@40 CONFERENCE TEAM

Kevin Q. Ewing Associate Director, OutHistory.org

Daniel Marshall Senior Lecturer, Deakin University

Kevin Nadal Executive Director, CLAGS: The Center for LGBTQ Studies

Claire Potter Co-Director, OutHistory.org

PROGRAM COMMITTEE

Nan Alamilla Boyd, John D’Emilio, Daniel Marshall, Kevin Nadal,

Claire Bond Potter, Steven Seidman, and Randall Sell.

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