Writing Lesbianism into History and Representation

January 2014

The last two decades have seen a dramatic increase in the exploration of “lesbian” history and representation, yet this scholarship continues to be sidelined not only in disciplines such history and literature but in women's studies and queer studies as well. The workshop brings together scholars of lesbian historical studies working in diverse periods, geographies, and disciplines to interrogate the reasons for this continued minimization, to grapple with key challenges within the field, and to forge intellectual projects and institutional strategies that can help to shape the future course of scholarship. The two-day program explores conceptual and methodological challenges in the study of lesbianism and identifies ways to invigorate new research. We address resistances to integrating lesbian scholarship into larger disciplinary structures and assess the institutional opportunities through which our participants might extend the work of the seminar, both individually and collectively.