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november, 2019

13nov5:30 pm7:00 pmExtinction Thresholds with Greta LaFleur


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Extinction Thresholds 

Toward an Environmental Theory of Early Sexuality with Greta LaFleur (Yale University)

If sexology -the science of sex- came into being in the nineteenth century, the how did statesmen, scientists, and everyday people make meaning out of sex before that point? In this talk, Greta LaFleur explores how eighteenth century natural history -the study of organic life in its environment, and a major source of development for early race science- actually provided the intellectual foundations for the later development of the scientific study of sex.

Cosponsored by the Department of History, Institute for Social and Economic Research and Policy (ISERP), Society of Fellows and Heyman Center for the Humanities

About the Speaker

Greta LaFleur is an associate professor in the Department of American Studies at Yale University. Her research and teaching focus on early North American literary and cultural studies, the history of science, the history of race, the history and historiography of sexuality, and queer studies. Her first book, The Natural History of Sexuality in Early America (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2018), reveals how eighteenth-century race science contributed to emerging sciences of sex in the colonial Atlantic world.



(Wednesday) 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm


IRWGS Seminar Room, 754 Schermerhorn Ext


The Institute for Research on Women, Gender, and Sexuality is the locus of interdisciplinary feminist and queer scholarship and teaching at Columbia University.

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