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Lecture: History of Female Husbands & the Future of Gender

Wednesday, April 4, 2018
12:00pm – 1:30pm

Storrs Campus
Rainbow Center; Student Union 403

The Out to Lunch Gender, Sexuality, and Community is a weekly academic lecture and discussion series with guest scholars and community activists from various disciplines examining a variety of topics related to gender identity, gender expression, and sexuality. Each semester offers a broad sampling of the areas.

Today's lecture is entitled, "The History of Female Husbands and the Future of Gender" and it will be presented by Jen Manion.

Synopsis: For over one hundred and fifty years, people who were assigned the female sex at birth, lived as men, and married women were known as female husbands. This talk will explore the lives of female husbands and their wives as well as the changing understandings of the category itself in England and the United States from 1746-1912. What can this rich history teach us about the future of gender?

Biography: Jen Manion is Associate Professor of History at Amherst College and author of Liberty’s Prisoners: Carceral Culture in Early America (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2015) which received the 2016 Mary Kelley Best Book Prize from the Society for Historians of the Early American Republic. Manion is co-editor of Taking Back the Academy: History of Activism, History as Activism (Routledge, 2004) and has published nearly three dozen essays and reviews in U.S. histories of gender and sexuality. Jen is the recipient of over a dozen fellowships, including one from the National Endowment for the Humanities for a current project on transgender histories in the long nineteenth-century. Manion received a BA in history from the University of Pennsylvania and a PhD in history from Rutgers University.

Attendees are encouraged to bring their lunches.


Rainbow Center (primary), History Department, UConn Master Calendar, Women's Gender and Sexuality Studies

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