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Confab on Sex Changes

In early November the New England American Studies Association is holding a conference on sex changes at Brown University. Here is its wholly unedifying program, and here are the oh-so-droll paper titles of the student presenters: 

The Promise of Discipline: Theory’s Contract with Feminism
Resizing the Ring: The Pre-Capitalist Playground of The Ballad of the Sad Café
Diagnostic Biography and “The Problem that Has No Name”
“Dispersal of Lures” in Suzan-LoriParks’ Topdog/Underdog
Fashioning Production and Fabricating Consumption
A Proxy “Fight for the Breeches”: Pockets and the New Woman
“A mistake that you just can’t get out of”: Constructing Masculinity in Vietnam War Films
As American As Apple Pie: Food, Sex,and Gender in Historical Contexts
Mothers, Merchants, and Red-Hot Mamas: Using Women’s Bodies in Marketing Food

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