Talk: “Controlling the Prostitute’s Body: Sex, Disease and Empire”

Date             Feb 23, 2011
Time             4:00 pm
Location        Knight Auditorium, Spurlock Museum; 600 South Gregory Street, Urbana
Speaker          Philippa Levine (George A. Miller Visiting Professor of History, University of Illinois and University of Texas at Austin) 

The Contagious Diseases laws established by the British empire in the nineteenth century were the first systematic government attempt to deal with sexually transmissible diseases.  They were also a coercive means of controlling female prostitution.  In this talk, Levine compares four colonies–Australia, Hong Kong, Singapore, and India.  The making of colonial knowledge around medicine and gender, Levine argues, is essential for understanding colonial readings of racial and sexual difference.
Free and Open to the Public
Contact          Liesel Wildhagen
Phone            217-333-6729
Sponsor          Center for Advanced Study