William Leap, professor and chair of anthropology at American University, will present "Globalization Comes Home: U.S. Gay Cultures and the Consequences of Flexible Accumulation" at 5 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 18, in 115 Shideler Hall. His talk is part of the Center for American and World Cultures' "Intersecting Lives: Globalization is Diversity in the 21st Century" lecture series.
Leap's research interests examine the intersections of language, sexuality, gender and power. His work includes studies of language and homophobia and of language and sexual geography in Washington, D.C., and late-apartheid Cape Town, South Africa. In both urban areas, he has found, the language of sexuality and gender is infused with discourses of racial inequality.
He is co-editor of Speaking in Queer Tongues: Globalization and Gay Languages, and of Out in Theory: The Emergence of Lesbian and Gay Anthropology.
The lecture, free and open to the public, is sponsored by the Center for American and World Cultures (CAWC), the office of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender services and the Roger and Joyce Howe Center for Writing Excellence, with support from the departments of anthropology and sociology and gerontology, the women's center and the women's studies program.
For more information, contact the CAWC at 9-8309.