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Prostitution and the Politics of History: History and the Politics of Prostitution

Modified: December 6, 2016

The Long Nineteenth Century Colloquium presents "Prostitution and the Politics of History: History and the Politics of Prostitution," a talk by Judith Walkowitz (Johns Hopkins University) on Wednesday, December 7, 2016 at 5:15 PM, Hagstrum Room, University Hall 201. Reception to follow.

Over forty years ago, feminist historians began to undertake research into the history of prostitution, well in advance of feminist scholarship on the sex trade in other disciplines. Feminist historians have continued to open up new frontiers of research in this area, but they also share a striking consensus about three key features of prostitution’s modern history:  prostitution is and remains a form of sexual labor, intensified policing has negative effects on women in the sex trade; feminist interventions on behalf of their lost sisters have had a decidedly mixed outcome. This talk explores how feminist historians assembled this interpretive framework out of the theoretical paradigms available in the 1970s and considers its utility for the present conjuncture.

This event is co-sponsored by the British Studies Cluster and the Alice Kaplan Institute for the Humanities, in addition to the generous support of the Departments of English and History, the Chabraja Center for Historical Studies, The Buffett Institute for Global Studies, The Gender and Sexuality Studies Program and The Graduate School Professional Development Grant.

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