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TitelQueer Perspectives on the Eighteenth-Century Family

Queer Perspectives on the Eighteenth-Century Family

at the Annual Conference of the American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies, March 26-29, 2009 in Richmond, Virginia
Panel organized by the Gay and Lesbian Caucus.

Against the “natural” norm of a nuclear, bourgeois family headed by a father, the last forty years have seen a profound re-evaluation of what constitutes a family. Without a doubt, the foundation for this norm was laid in the eighteenth century in Europe and North America. But in showing how the development of this norm was highly contested and founded in concepts that today seem socially unacceptable and alienating, seminal works dealing with eighteenth century families – including works by Lawrence Stone, Niklas Luhmann, Carol Pateman, James Traer, Isabel Hull, and Nancy Cott to name only a few – make clear just how problematic and challenging this genealogy can be. We call for papers exploring a queer perspective on this body of work. Specifically, we invite papers examining how this "norm" of the heterosexual nuclear family was informed by what we now call queer perspectives on the family. This could encompass research into eighteenth-century institutions of family and marriage, kinship structures, sexual practices and behaviors, and ideals or practices of intimacy and friendship. How do prohibitions on sodomy, masturbation, prostitution and pornography help define sexual morality and its confinement within marriage? How do queer identities such as mollies in England inform changing notions about gender identity, both socially and biologically? To what extent do extra-familial discourses of friendship, fraternity, sisterhood, or feminism provide the foundation for new ideals of familial intimacy, both between spouses as well as between parents and children? How do queer relationships challenge notions of the family as the most "natural" unit of society, be it in Christian traditions of natural law or as the precondition for liberal fictions of a social contract? We are particularly interested in papers that attempt to synthesize the increasingly large body of “queer” work on the eighteenth century in light of these questions about the family.

Please send a 300 word abstract, and a CV to both Michael Taylor ( and Kristi Krumnow ( by August 31, 2008.

Michael Thomas Taylor
Assistant Professor of German
The University of Calgary
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PersonName: Tayler, Michael 
Funktion: Veranstalter 
KontaktdatenName/Institution: The University of Calgary 
SchlüsselbegriffeHistorische Semantik (Wissensgeschichte, Mentalitätsgeschichte, Ideengeschichte)
Klassifikation12.00.00 18. Jahrhundert > 12.03.00 Geistes- und Kulturgeschichte
Ediert von  H-Germanistik
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