11-15-2018 Lanei Rodemeyer
Title: "Sexual Encounters of Many Kinds: Gender, Sex and Embodiment"
Presenter: Dr. Lanei Rodemeyer, Professor of Philosophy at Duquesne University and author of Lou Sullivan Diaries (1970-1980) and Theories of Sexual Embodiment: Making Sense of Sensing
Abstract: Different dimensions of how we exist in our bodies, and how our bodies are perceived by ourselves and by others, are all in play when we engage sexually with someone. These different dimensions affect us, even if we choose to ignore them. This presentation will work through some of the dimensions that are salient when we get together in sexual ways. We will then turn to the historical figure of Lou Sullivan, reading selections from some of his diaries in the 1970's, where he describes certain sexual experiences and how they affected him. Sullivan's reflections will give us an opportunity to dialogue with one another (and with him indirectly), about how the many aspects of our gendered embodiment arise for us. Our conversation--and the presentation--will traverse theories and methods employed in phenomenology, transgender studies, queer theory, and psychology.
Bio: Dr. Lanei Rodemeyer works primarily in the areas of phenomenology continental philosophy, the philosophy of time, and feminist/gender philosophy of the body. She has published a book on Husserl's phenomenology of inner time-consciousness, Intersubjective Temporality: It's About Time (Springer, 2006), wherein she argues that this structure is integrated with an open intersubjectivity. She has also published a book on theories of embodiment that includes the diaries of Lou Sullivan (a gay male trans man), Lou Sullivan Diaries (1970-1980) and Theories of Sexual Embodiment: Making Sense of Sensing, where she argues that a phenomenological approach would complement others regarding issues of embodiment and sexuality. In her articles where she takes up questions of the body, she has challenged traditional notions of the subject and embodied consciousness by considering pregnancy, eating disorders, and transgender. In other articles, she addresses the interrelation of temporality and lived embodiment and the contribution that Husserl's work can make to queer theory.