september, 2017

13sep4:00 pm6:00 pmSex in the Age of Fordism: The Standardization of Sexual Objects with Benjamin Kahan


Event Details

In conjunction with the Institute for Research on Women, Gender, and Sexuality (IRWGS), the 20/21 Graduate Colloquium is pleased to welcome Benjamin Kahan on Wednesday, September 13 from 4:30-6:00 pm in 302 Philosophy (the Seminar Room adjacent to Nous Café). Professor Kahan will deliver a talk titled “Sex in the Age of Fordism: The Standardization of Sexual Objects.

This talk is open to all and will be followed by a Q and A; light refreshments will be served. We hope to see you there on September 13. Please contact Therese Cox at with any questions.

About the Speaker

Benjamin Kahan is an Associate Professor of English and Women’s and Gender Studies at Louisiana State University. His talk theorizes an etiological approach to the history of sexuality. In particular, he explores how industrialization functions as a sexual etiology. Taking the revolving door between literature and sexology as his archive, Kahan reads Sherwood Anderson’s Winesburg, Ohio (1919) as a kind of psychopathia sexualis populated with what Michel Foucault calls “minor perverts.”

English Dept event, co-sponsored by 20/21 colloquium and IRWGS*


(Wednesday) 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm


Philosophy Hall, Room 302


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