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Scholars Day 2006, Wednesday, April 12

The “BIG” Problem: Contemporary Representations of Gender in the Past

Linda Hurcombe has argued that our reconstructions of gender in the past “usually portray gender roles according to contemporary attitudes.” That is, we often create the past in our own image. She calls this a “BIG” (Biased Interpretation of Gender) problem since we then use these images of the past to explain and legitimize the present. This paper presents the results of a class project examining modern images of gender in the past from a variety of sources, including advertisements, cartoons, children’s books, and magazines, to determine whether we do, indeed, have a “BIG” problem.

Presenters: Patrick Alexander (Undergraduate Student)
Laura Kolodziejczyk (Undergraduate Student)
Shannon O'Keeffe (Undergraduate Student)
Brian Paganin (Undergraduate Student)
Topic: Anthropology
Location: 102 Edwards
Time: 9 am (Session I)