We are seeking one additional presenter, a commentator (or two), and a chair for a panel entitled, “Sex and Southern Legislatures: Examining the Politics of Regulation During the Late-Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries" for the 2014 SHA in Atlanta, Ga. The panel proposal deadline to SHA is Sept. 15, 2013.
Thus far, the two presenters are Dr. Jessica Brannon-Wranosky, assistant professor of history at Texas A&M University-Commerce, and Dr. Blake Ellis, associate professor of history at Lone Star College-CyFair. Wranosky’s paper is entitled, “Sex is About Power: The 1890s Texas Legislatures’ Conflicting Obsession with Control.” The paper focuses on how Texas legislators openly debated, politicized, and passed laws to regulate sexuality in a number of ways during the 1890s, but during the same decade refused to pass certain protective sexual regulations including voting down raising the state’s age of sexual consent. The paper focuses more on the former with a discussion of the latter to provide information for analytical context. Ellis’s paper, “From Traditionalism to Targeting in the Lone Star State: ‘Deviate Behavior,’ the Homosexual Conduct Law, and the Origins of the Christian Right in Texas” will examine the debate surrounding Texas’s 1973 Homosexual Conduct Law, which defined “deviate sexual behavior” and criminalized sexual activity between two persons of the same sex. While classifying various activities as “deviate” for all Texans, the law only criminalized particular acts if performed “with another individual of the same sex.”
We are especially interested in a third paper from other areas of the South besides Texas.
Please send potential name, email address, a brief cv and proposed paper title with brief description to firstname.lastname@example.org as soon as possible. For individuals interested in chairing or commentating, please send name, email address, and a brief cv to the same email address.
Jessica Brannon-Wranosky and Blake Ellis
Dr. Jessica Brannon-Wranosky
Department of History
College of Humanities, Social Sciences and Arts
Texas A&M University-Commerce
Office: Ferguson Social Sciences Building 107
Office Phone: (903) 886-5224
Mailing Address: Dr. Jessica Brannon-Wranosky, Department of History, Texas A&M University-Commerce, PO Box 3011, Commerce, Texas 75429-3011
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