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The Gender and Sexuality Studies Program welcomes requests for event co-sponsorships. We review all requests quarterly. NEXT DEADLINE: OCT 5, 2018.

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Keyword: Consent

Monday, October 15, 5:00 PM
A panel of scholars, educators, and activists will discuss the multiple, contested meanings of the keyword “consent” from the vantages of the history of intimate violence in American slavery, political theory, contemporary jurisprudence, feminism, queer studies, and Title IX at Northwestern and beyond.
This day long event will bring together nationally recognized scholars across the humanities and social sciences to consider the extended impact of Patricia J. Williams’ 1991 book, Alchemy of Race and Rights. Patricia Williams herself will address the conference.
This project takes up the question of the ambivalence of touch and what the latter might reveal about the uses of power, both as a boon to freedom in its erotic and affective register and, contrastively, the first step toward unfreedom.