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Symposium in Memory of Robert Deam Tobin: Homosexuality and Visuality in German Modernity

March 30, 2023 @
4:00 p.m.
- 7:00 p.m. Eastern Time
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Robert Deam Tobin was the inaugural Henry J. Leir Professor of Language, Literature, and Culture and a Strassler Center contributing faculty member. A remarkable teacher and scholar, he was an expert in the fields of gay and lesbian studies, queer theory, gender studies, human rights, and German and European cultural studies. A symposium examining sexuality, human rights, Jews, gays, and their visualization in the context of German modernity will honor Tobin and his vibrant contributions to scholarship and teaching.

Keynote address:

To be Seen: Queer Lives 1900-1950
Speaker: Sander Gilman (Director, Program in Psychoanalysis; Director, Health Sciences Humanities; Distinguished Professor of the Liberal Arts and Sciences; Professor, Psychiatry, Emory University)


Robert Tobin’s Peripheral Desires and Gay History and Politics Today
Speaker: Laurie Marhoefer (Jon Bridgman Endowed Professor of History, University of Washington)

Homoerotic Visuality and Far-Right Masculinities in the Long 20th Century
Speaker: Jennifer Evans (Professor of History, Carleton University, Ontario)

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Presented by the Strassler Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies and the Higgins School of Humanities in partnership with the Department of History and the Department of Language, Literature, and Culture and Media, Culture and the Arts