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Gender & Sexuality at the Global History and Catholicism Conference

By Natalie Gasparowicz

Natalie is a 3rd-year PhD student in the History Department at Duke University. Her research interests rest at the intersection of Catholicism, gender, sexuality, surrounding questions of birth control and reproduction in 20th century Mexico .

The organizers of the Global History and Catholicism Conference this past April put together a rich and diverse conference. Presenters showed the exciting directions scholarship of global Catholicism is going in: examining missionary work, addressing the Church’s global legacy, analyzing the Church’s relationship to modernity, the growth of religious networks, and much more. As a rising scholar of Catholicism and sexuality in the global South, I found it extremely productive and at the same time, saw what we could have explored more deeply.

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