Sex is both at the core and the edge of the family life.
In an era when the conceptual and political transformation of the family is most palpable on a global scale, often generating impassioned debates among those wedded or even indifferent to "the family values," this panel seeks to explore family formations through their deepest open secrets: sex, sexuality and sexual practices.
Lisa Duggan is Professor of Social and Cultural Analysis at New York University.
She is also the author of The Twilight of Equality?: Neoliberalism, Cultural Politics, and the Attack on Democracy.
Elizabeth A. Grosz is an Australian feminist academic living and working in the USA. She is known for philosophical interpretations of the work of French philosophers Jacques Lacan, Jacques Derrida, Michel Foucault and Gilles Deleuze, as well as her readings of the works of French feminists, Luce Irigaray, Julia Kristeva and Michele Le Doeuff. She has mainly written on questions of corporeality and their relations to the sciences and the arts.
She has held tenured positions at the University of Sydney 1978-1991, Monash University 1992-1998 and SUNY Buffalo 1999-2001. In 2002, she became a professor of women's and gender studies at Rutgers University.
Kyoo Lee is Assistant Professor of Philosophy at John Jay College of Criminal Justice, CUNY. As of 2009-2010, she is a Mellon Resident Fellow at The Graduate Center, CUNY, USA. She obtained a PhD in Philosophy (2001) from the University of Warwick, UK, and is ABD (since 2003) for a PhD in English at Birkbeck College, University of London, UK.
Trained in European philosophy and literary theory, she previously taught at the University of Warwick (Seminar Tutor, 1997-8), the University of Memphis (Visiting Professor, 2003-4), the University of Tasmania (Visiting Professor, Summer 2004), LaGrange College (Assistant Professor, Fall 2004 - Spr 2007), Wuhan University (Visiting Professor, Summer 2006).
Gayle Salamon is Assistant Professor of English at Princeton University. She received a Ph.D. in rhetoric from the University of California-Berkeley, where she wrote her dissertation on Assuming a Body: Transgenderism and Rhetorics of Materiality. She has held a research fellowship at Brown University's Pembroke Center for Teaching and Research on Women, and has taught a broad spectrum of courses at UC-Berkeley on the topics of embodiment and gender.
Her new research project at Princeton will explore the role that proprioception and chronic pain can play in shaping a bodily sense of self. Her teaching this year will include courses on themes of "passing" in modern literature, and transgender theory. Salamon holds the new LGBT Studies Fellowship, funded by an endowment from the Fund for Reunion, the bisexual, transgendered, gay and lesbian alumni association of Princeton.
Lisa Duggan, professor of Social and Cultural Analysis at New York University, argues that the struggle for gay marriage rights is partly due to security concerns triggered by the current economic climate. "Those arguments that gay liberation and feminism made that sounded freeing, in this environment can sound more frightening than freeing."
Gayle Salamon, assistant professor of English at Princeton University, describes a law suit filed by the parents of Lawrence King, an openly-gay 15-year-old who was shot dead by fellow classmate Brandon McInerney.
The suit charges E.O. Green Junior High School for failing to protect King from his own gender transgressive behavior.