MSU Denver Calendar Event
Event Name: Perverse Ambitions, Deviant Careers: A Queer History of the Modern American Workplace
Date: Tuesday, March 12, 2013
Location: North Classroom 1402
Event Status: Passed
Category: Campus Wide Events
Description: While historians of sexuality have explored working class cultures, an assumption that workplaces were “straight spaces” in which queer people passed has limited inquiry into the workplace itself. Yet the workplace shaped queer life as much as the bar or the street. Fear of job loss was a central fact of queer life for most of the twentieth century. Moreover, because of a modern equivalence between work and personal identity (the job makes the person, said Marx), occupations have been central to establishing sexual identity. This talk offers some preliminary thoughts on how to both situate and center the workplace in queer history, as well as using queer history to interrogate the workplace as a fundamental site for understanding the history of 20th century America more broadly.

Speaker Margot Canaday is a legal and political historian who studies gender and sexuality in modern America. Her first book,"The Straight State: Sexuality and Citizenship in Twentieth-Century America"(2009), examines government regulation of homosexuality during the 20th century. She has taught at Princeton University since 2005.
Start Time: 02:00pm
End Time: 03:15pm
Contact: Event Coordinator
Reservation: This event is not utilizing event reservations and is open to all.