The Intimacy Lectures


Contemporary intimacy – the realm of love, romance, sex and sexuality – is the site of profound social transformations globally. As patterns of intimacy shift, they reflect and reverberate within other major social phenomena, including changing structures of gender, class, and nation, revolutions in technology, new modes of organizing work, and the increasing influence of market logics. These trends have contributed to the cultural ascendance of romantic love in long term partnerships around the globe, new and ongoing tensions with practices of “arranged marriages,” the intertwining of new subjectivities with new intimacy forms, the rise of certain kinds of sex work and sex trafficking, and other social phenomena. Contemporary intimacy is thus the convergence of global, macro-level, structural changes experienced at the most micro, private level of lived experience, getting right at the heart of what it means to be human. Current scholarship on contemporary intimacy echoes the vast expanse of this topic, transcending disciplinary boundaries, with important work being done in sociology, anthropology, gender studies, communications, psychology, philosophy and other fields.

With this context in mind, we are pleased to announce The Intimacy Lectures, occurring monthly from January to December 2015. Please explore this website and our schedule of events to see our guest speakers, links to their work, and recordings of the lectures after they occur.

We acknowledge the generous funding provided by the Page-Barbour Fund, the Center for Global Inquiry & Innovation, the Clay Endowment for the Humanities, the Office of the Provost, the Dean of the College and Graduate School of Arts & Sciences, the School of Law, the Institute for Advanced Studies in Culture, the Departments of Sociology, Anthropology, and Media Studies, and the Women, Gender & Sexuality Program.

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