Anne Berger, professor of French literature and gender studies at Paris 8 Vincennes Saint-Denis University and professor of French literature at Cornell University, will discuss how contemporary thought and epistemology is shrinking the field, meaning and scope of the term “sexuality,” and how that contraction is impacting feminist and queer theory. Berger notes that whereas Sigmund Freud and Michel Foucault (in different ways and at times at odds) sought to enlarge how we understand sexuality, the rise of neurosciences has fueled the biological or biologizing turn taken by some feminist and queer thinkers. Berger will explore the effects of this turn, which she finds all the more striking because anti-biologism can be said to have been the founding axiomatic of gender studies.
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