SEX AND SEXUALITIES
How and why did sex and sexuality become subjects of study? How are our experiences of sex and sexuality shaped by a history of 'scientific' explorations of desire? Why has sexuality become so central to our understandings of identity? What was sex like before 'sexuality' was invented? This seminar explores these questions by approaching sex and sexuality as socially, historically, and culturally contingent concepts. We will consider sex and sexuality as they are related to other categories of identity, including race, class, ethnicity, nation, and ability. Our theoretical and historical investigations will create the groundwork for understanding and rethinking how sexuality is understood in culture today.