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#masshysteria. Hysteria, Race, and Masculinity

Nov 16, 2018 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Bunche 10383,

Hysteria, Race, and Masculinity
Sander L. Gilman (Professor of the Liberal Arts and Sciences as well as Professor of Psychiatry at Emory University)

Friday, November 16, 2018
UCLA Bunche Hall (Room 10383)
Free Admission. Please RSVP below.

Sander L. Gilman has extensively researched and published on the intersection of Hysteria, Race, Sexuality and Gender. In this guest lecture Gilman will discuss his influential work and how the term hysteria has been useful until the present day to understand sexist and racist representations of people in protest. The term hysteria is still today very much associate with fin-de-siècle fantasies about ill, hyperventilating women. Gilman addresses in his lecture, however, that the debates about hysteria at the close of the nineteenth century are rooted as much in stereotypes about race and mental illness as they are in the pseudo-scientific claims of its origin in the ‘wandering womb’. What race and hysteria come to mean, moreover, changes its valence when European concepts are re-read in the United States. Who is hysteretic and why they have become hysteric comes to be a medical puzzle with a surprising twist in the course of the twentieth century.
The talk will be followed by an open conversation with Sander L. Gilman and moderated by Johanna Braun. This guest lecture is part of the UCLA event series #masshysteria. Hysteria, Politics, and Performance Strategies and is co-hosted by the UCLA Department of French and Francophone Studies and the UCLA Alan D. Leve Center for Jewish Studies, and generously sponsored by the UCLA Department of English, UCLA Department of Germanic Languages, UCLA Department of Theater, UCLA Center for European and Russian Studies, UCLA Center for Performance Studies, and the UCLA LGBTQ Studies Program.
For more information please visit www.performing-hysteria.com


Nov 16, 2018
2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
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Bunche 10383