Workshop/CfP - Gender and Sexuality in Armenian Studies, 21-22 April 2017, University of Michigan

Publish Date: Sep 28, 2016

Deadline: Dec 15, 2016

Eighth Annual International Graduate Student Workshop

This workshop will initiate a conversation on Gender and Sexuality in the field of Armenian Studies. We will be inviting graduate students working on gender and sexuality as objects of analysis in Armenian Studies to discuss both the challenges and the opportunities this turn in the field awards. Drawing on the rich and diverse body of literature produced in the fields of gender and sexuality we invite graduate students working in history, literature, cultural studies, political science, visual arts, sociology and anthropology to submit abstracts of their work that take the categories of gender and sexuality as critical frames of analysis. As a collective we anticipate the workshop to open up new ways of thinking about Armenian subjects. We will discuss methodologies and strategies that can be productively deployed to give meaning to Armenian landscapes and contribute to critical studies and the historiography of gender and sexuality.


Some suggested paper topics of interest for our workshop are listed below, but are not limited to this list:

  • Representations of Femininity and Masculinity in Literary and Historical Texts
  • Gender and sexuality as sociocultural history
  • Regulation and disciplining of gender and sexuality
  • Periodic shifts from ‘acts’ to ‘identities’
  • Medical texts and sexual sciences
  • Gender and Sexuality in the construction of Nation-state
  • Gender and Sexuality in Socialist systems
  • Post-Soviet feminisms
  • Emergence of sexual subjects
  • Trans and Queer Armenian subjectivities
  • Homosexuality and LGBT activism
  • Desire and Love
  • Territorializing deviant sex and sexuality
  • Homo-diasporas


Please send an abstract (approx. 250 words) along with a CV to by December 15, 2016. Successful applicants will need to submit a paper of no more than 8-10 double-spaced pages by April 1st, 2017 to be circulated among workshop participants.

Some funds are available to cover travel expenses. Per donor guidelines, preference will be given to those traveling from the Republic of Armenia. 

This workshop is sponsored by the University of Michigan’s Armenian Studies Program and is organized by Jeremy Johnson, PhD candidate in Interdepartmental Program in Anthropology and History, and Kathryn Babayan, Armenian Studies Program Director.

Armenian Studies Program
University of Michigan
1080 South University Ave., Suite 3633
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1106

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