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Gabriel Nathan Rosenberg

Associate Professor of Gender, Sexuality & Feminist Studies
Gender, Sexuality & Feminist Studies
Box 90760, Durham, NC 27708
112 East Duke, Durham, NC 27708

Selected Presentations & Appearances

‘How is Race Suicide to Be Prevented When the Cholera Gets Among the Hogs?’: Animal Bodies and Racial Knowledge in Late 19th and Early 20th Century America - Program in Agrarian Studies · January 31, 2013 Lecture Yale University

Invited Lectures ;G. N. Rosenberg

A Race Suicide Among the Hogs: Animal Bodies, Racial Knowledge, and the Biopolitics of Meat - Working Group on Feminism and History · January 31, 2013 Lecture Duke University
4-H and the Biopolitics of Agricultural Reform in Early Twentieth Century America · January 31, 2012 Lecture Environmental History Colloquium Series, Yale University
Inventing the Family Farm: Rethinking the Role of Gender, Sexuality, and Agrarianism in Alternative Food Movements · January 31, 2012 Lecture University Course on Food Studies: Interdisciplinary Approaches to How, Why, and What We Eat, Duke University

Outreach & Engaged Scholarship

Organizer - Pig Out: Hogs and Humans in Global and Historical Perspective · October 16, 2015 - October 18, 2015 Event/Organization Administration Yale University , New Haven, CT The Yale Program in Agrarian Studies is thrilled to announce an international conference, scheduled for October, 2015, which will will examine the role of pigs in human society in comparative cultural and historical perspective. Presenters will be drawn from around the world and across academic disciplines, including the natural, agricultural, and environmental sciences; the humanities; and journalists, activists, and public intellectuals. Across cultures and through time, pigs have worked their way into human communities, urban and rural, and, in the process, have become the consummate intimate companions of humans. Even in communities that prohibited the consumption of pig flesh, cohabitation generated a complex symbolic economy: taboos on pork rested on both revulsion at the “filth” of swine and recognition of the pig’s similarity and intimacy with humans. Recognizing the complexity of this interspecies intimacy is a necessarily interdisciplinary and cross-cultural endeavor. To avoid reducing the “problem of the pig” to either contemporary controversies about meat or a universal symbolic economy of animality, we will explore the pig in a range of methodological, historical, and geographic styles. This conference will ask: What role did pigs have in the development of the earliest settled agriculture and, thus, the emergent power relations of prehistoric human communities? How have the political management and biological transformation of pigs been linked? How do swine fit within and help to constitute both urban and rural ecologies? How stable are the boundaries between the natural boar and the domesticated swine? How has the domestication of swine, in turn, changed human culture? How has the symbolic economy of the pig varied over time and across cultures? How, in particular, have religious beliefs conditioned and been conditioned by the symbolic and material circulation of swine? In sum, this conference poses these questions by stressing how pig bodies, animal agency, and human politics are intertwined. We hope to see you there!
Bass Connections Faculty Team Member - Data+ · June 2015 - August 2015 Projects & Field Work flag United States of America
Co-Convenor - Subnature and Culinary Cultures · August 2014 - November 2014 Event/Organization Administration Humanities Writ Large, Duke University , Durham, NC “Subnature” is a word coined by architectural historian David Gissen for aspects of nature that the architectural discipline has traditionally shunned, such as dankness, darkness, mud, weeds, smoke, puddles, dust, debris, crowds, and pigeons. Subnature encapsulates the “problems” architects have attempted to solve, circumvent and avoid in favor of qualities such as light, airiness, cleanliness, and flow. This Emerging Humanities Network’s objective is to extend the rich topic of “subnature” from architecture to cuisine, querying how one discipline can inform another, providing a better understanding by studying a problem from a novel perspective. In addition to the classroom work, students in these connected courses will participate in a number of community events, including: • Talks about Ancient Greek cuisine and Nordic cuisine accompanied by a meal prepared from unusual ingredients, such as insects, molds, and weeds • A tasting of cave-aged cheeses • A pig roast that explores the Senegalese roots of people living in North Carolina, smoked and fermented foods, and the history of pork • A food truck offering Nineteenth Century New Orleans street food • An artistic smokehouse installation

Service to the Profession

Program Committee - Annual Meeting · June 2015 Committee Service Agricultural History Society, Lexington, KY
Organizer - Workshop on the Study of Animals in History · June 2015 Event/Organization Administration Agricultural History Society, Lexington, KY

Service to Duke

Humanities Writ Large, Steering Committee (Center) · July 2015 Committee Service Franklin Humanities Institute, Duke University,