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Yale's James Robert Brudner '83 Prize/Lecture in NYC: Carolyn Dinshaw

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Carolyn Dinshaw will deliver her Brudner lecture, “Doing Medieval Sex Work in the 21st Century: A 14th-Century Document and its Afterlives”

Carolyn Dinshaw, Julius Silver, Roslyn S. Silver, and Enid Silver Winslow Professor at NYU, has long been fascinated by the relationship between past and present, particularly concerning gender and sexuality. In her groundbreaking book Chaucer’s Sexual Poetics (University of Wisconsin Press, 1989), she investigates the connection of past and present via the Western discursive tradition of gender. In Getting Medieval: Sexualities and Communities, Pre- and Postmodern (Duke University Press, 1999), she develops the concept of “touching across time” in the pursuit of a theory and practice of affective history. And in her most recent book, How Soon is Now? Medieval Texts, Amateur Readers, and the Queerness of Time (Duke, 2012), she examines queer ways of experiencing time in medieval texts and in the amateur medievalists who read them.

Dinshaw is co-founder (with David M. Halperin) of GLQ: A Journal of Lesbian and Gay Studies, the flagship journal of the field, for which she and Halperin received the Distinguished Editor Award from the Council of Editors of Learned Journals (2006). She was instrumental in the effort to organize LGBT studies at UC Berkeley in the early 1990s, and went on to found the Center for the Study of Gender and Sexuality at NYU, serving as its first director (1999 – 2005).

Dinshaw earned her AB degree in English literature from Bryn Mawr College and her PhD in English literature from Princeton University. Following an appointment at the University of California, Berkeley, she joined NYU’s Department of English and the Program in Women’s Studies (now Gender and Sexuality Studies) in 1999. She helped create the new interdisciplinary Department of Social and Cultural Analysis at NYU, serving as its chair from 2012 - 2015.

The Brudner Prize, established in 2000, is awarded annually to an accomplished scholar, artist, or activist whose work has made significant contributions to LGBT studies and LGBT communities. The Brudner prize winner gives a Prize Lecture at Yale and in New York City. The prize comes with an award of $5,000.

James Brudner '83 was an AIDS activist, urban planner, journalist, and photographer. A man of wit and compassion, outsized knowledge and curiosity, Jim valued both academic inquiry and direct action. He spent 12 years as a policy analyst for the City of New York. He also earned an MA in journalism from New York University and wrote for various publications on gay- and AIDS-related topics. Jim became a member of ACT UP, the Treatment Action Group, and other organizations after the death of his twin brother, Eric, of AIDS in 1987. He worked on treatment and prevention issues with the National Institutes of Health, pharmaceutical corporations, and federal agencies. In his final years he devoted much of his time to traveling the back roads of rural America with a camera. La Mama Gallery in New York mounted an exhibition of his photographs in 1997. Jim died of AIDS-related illness on September 18, 1998 at the age of 37. Through his will, he established the Brudner Prize at Yale as “a perpetual annual prize” for scholarship and activism on gay and lesbian history and contemporary experience.

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