God, Sex and Gender: a Conversation on Adrian Thatcher's Redeeming Gender

Conference/Symposium | February 24 | 12-2 p.m. | 820 Barrows Hall

 Adrian Thatcher, Honorary Professor of Theology, University of Exeter; Thomas W. Laqueur, Helen Fawcett Distinguished Professor of History, UC Berkeley

 Berkeley Center for the Study of Religion

Adrian Thatcher’s recently-published Redeeming Gender draws on Thomas Laqueur’s Making Sex: Body and Gender from the Greeks to Freud in an attempt to offer a distinctive Christian theology of gender. In this lunchtime conversation, Thatcher will provide a brief overview of his recent work before discussing its principle arguments with Laqueur. The conversation will be opened to the public, with audience interaction encouraged.

Dr. Adrian Thatcher (MA, DPhil) is currently Honorary Professor in the Department of Theology and Religion at the University of Exeter, UK. He was previously Professor of Applied Theology at Exeter (2004-2011), and at the University of St Mark and John, Plymouth (1995-2004). He has written extensively on theology, sexuality and gender, always from a progressive perspective. His most recent books are Redeeming Gender (Oxford, 2016), The Oxford Handbook of Theology, Sexuality and Gender (editor; Oxford, 2015), Thinking about Sex (Fortress, 2015), God, Sex and Gender (Wiley Blackwell, 2011), and The Savage Text: The Use and Abuse of the Bible (Wiley Blackwell, 2008). He is an active Episcopalian.

Thomas W. Laqueur is the Helen Fawcett Distinguished Professor of History at the University of California, Berkeley, and former director of the Townsend Center for the Humanities. His books include The Work of the Dead (Princeton, 2015), Religion and Respectability (Yale, 1976) Making Sex: Body and Gender from the Greeks to Freud (Harvard, 1992) and Solitary Sex: a Cultural History of Masturbation (MIT, 2003). His work focuses on the history of sex and the body.

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