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LGBTQ Speaker Series // Regina Kunzel, “In Treatment"


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Regina Kunzel
Doris Stevens Professor in Women's Studies; History and the Program in Gender and Sexuality Studies; Director, Program in Gender and Sexuality Studies
Princeton University
“In Treatment: Psychiatry and the Archives of Modern Sexuality”

This talk explores the encounter of sexual- and gender-variant people with psychiatry and psychoanalysis in the mid-20th-century U.S. and examines the role of psychiatric scrutiny and stigma in the making of modern sexuality. Focusing on the archive of St. Elizabeths Hospital, the federal hospital for the mentally ill in Washington, DC, Kunzel reflects on its meaning and challenges to queer history.

Regina Kunzel is the Doris Stevens Chair and Professor of History and Gender and Sexuality Studies at Princeton University. She teaches and writes about gender and sexuality in modern American history. Her most recent book, Criminal Intimacy: Sex in Prison and the Uneven History of Modern American Sexuality (2008), was awarded the American Historical Association's John Boswell Prize, the Modern Language Association's Alan Bray Memorial Book Award, and the Lambda Literary Award for LGBT Studies. She is also the author of Fallen Women, Problem Girls: Unmarried Mothers and the Professionalization of Social Work, 1890–1945 (1993). She is currently working on a book on the encounter of sexual- and gender-variant people with psychiatry in the mid-twentieth-century United States.

Part of the LGBTQ Speaker Series. Co-sponsored by the Center for the Study of Race, Politics and Culture, with support from the Office of the Provost.