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April 2, 2013

South African gender, sexuality and race topic of Samuel E. Kelly lecture April 18

Office of Minority Affairs & Diversity

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Amanda Lock Swarr, UW associate professor in gender, women and sexuality studiesUW

Amanda Lock Swarr will deliver the Office of Minority Affairs and Diversity’s ninth annual Samuel E. Kelly Distinguished Faculty Lecture on Thurs., April 18. A reception will be held at 5 p.m. at the Kelly Ethnic Cultural Center followed by the lecture at 6:30 p.m. in the Alder Hall Commons Auditorium.

Swarr, a UW associate professor in gender, women and sexuality studies, will discuss the intersections among gender, sexuality and race in her talk, “Racing the Boundaries of Gender and Sexuality: Rethinking Apartheid and Transitional South Africa.”

Drawing on 15 years of research in South Africa, Swarr will ask why some South Africans who define themselves as transsexual, gay and lesbian have been subjected to forced and botched sex reassignment procedures, legalized discrimination and community ostracism, while others have received state-funded medical treatment and legal support.

The topic is an extension from her 2012 book, “Sex in Transition: Remaking Gender and Race in South Africa.” Her current book project is titled “Forcing Sex: Violent Contestations over South African Masculinities.”

Learn more about Swarr on the Office of Minority Affairs and Diversity’s website.

The Kelly lecture is free and open to the public. To register, contact cpromad@uw.edu or call 206-685-9594.

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