I am seeking two co-panelists and a commentator/chair to participate in a panel for the 2014 Berks Conference, “Histories on the Edge.” This panel will explore changing definitions of sexual borders and assess the experiences of individuals whose sexualities have pushed them to the “edge,” with a specific emphasis on the shifting boundaries between normal/abnormal behavior. My paper will examine bisexuality as a source of skepticism and ambivalence, focusing on the practices and perceptions of bisexuality in the 1920s and 1930s by American writers and sexologists who alternately envisioned bisexuals as “bohemians,” “pseudo-homosexuals,” or “mental hermaphrodites.” I would welcome papers that examine how “strange” sexual practices and ideologies were comprehended and confounded in or outside the US in any time period, though papers with a focus between the late 19th century and WWII are especially encouraged. Please send a paragraph description of your proposed paper and a CV no later than January 5th to Kathleen Casey at firstname.lastname@example.org.
(Panel submission deadline is January 15th).
Assistant Professor of History
Virginia Wesleyan College
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