About the Symposium

athletic-eve-final3-to-press-small1“Honoring Eve” was a day of rich intellectual exchange that honored the memory of Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick, the “soft-spoken queen of gay studies,” the “‘primum mobile’ of queer theory,” and one of the most gifted writers of our time.¬† Eve taught at Boston University in the early 1980s and there are still many here who remember her from those years.¬† The symposium brought together 250 of her old friends and newer fans for a day of remembrance and celebration.

The symposium consisted of four roundtables with speakers responding to specific texts representing different phases and aspects of Professor Sedgwick’s career:

Feminism and Queer Theory
Writing and Illness
Affect and Reparative  Reading
Reading Proust

For details on texts and speakers, see the Panels and Speaker Bios pages.

The symposium ended with a special reading of “Writing the Plural,” a performance piece based on a group of short writings that Professor Sedgwick co-wrote with the collective ID 450, of which she was a founding member.

The proceedings of the symposium were published in the Spring 2010 issue journal Criticism: A Quarterly Journal for the Arts (vol. 52, no. 2), available through Project Muse online.