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In Treatment: Psychiatry and the Archives of Modern Sexuality

Tuesday, May 17, 2016 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm

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Lecture and Seminar with Regina Kunzel

In Treatment: Psychiatry and the Archives of Modern Sexuality

When: Tuesday, May 17, 2016 4:00 – 5:30 PM

Where: Humanities Gateway 1030 (map)

In the mid-twentieth-century U.S., psychiatrists were among the most powerful arbiters of judgment and authority over sexual and gender difference. This talk explores the encounter of sexual- and gender-variant people with psychiatry and psychoanalysis and examines the role of psychiatric scrutiny and stigma in the making of modern sexuality. Focusing on the archive of St. Elizabeth’s Hospital, the federal hospital for the mentally ill in Washington, DC, Kunzel reflects on its meaning and challenges to queer history.

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To request reasonable accommodations, please contact Jasmine Robledo robledj1@uci.edu or 949-824-4523

Regina Kunzel is the Doris Stevens Chair and Professor of History and Gender and Sexuality Studies at Princeton University.  She is the author, most recently, of Criminal Intimacy: Prison and the Uneven History of Modern American Sexuality (University of Chicago Press, 2008).

Sponsored by the UC Irvine Medical Humanities Initiative, UC Irvine ADVANCE Program for Equity and Diversity, and Department of Gender and Sexuality Studies




Tuesday, May 17, 2016
4:00 pm - 5:30 pm