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Theorizing Sexuality: Evolution, Culture and Development

WGF Symposium #116 Group Photo

March 19 - 27, 1993
Hotel do Guincho, Cascais, Portugal

PUBLICATION:    Sexual Nature/Sexual Culture (Paul Abramson and Steven Pinkerton, Eds.) University of Chicago Press, 1995


bookcoverPaul Abramson, organizer (University of California, Los Angeles, USA)
Robert Bailey (University of California, Los Angeles, USA)
Richard Berk (University of California, Los Angeles, USA)
Lawrence Cohen (University of California, Berkeley, USA)
Frans De Waal (Emory University, USA)
Michel Feher (Université Européenne de la Recherche, France)
John Fout (Bard College, USA)
David Greenberg (New York University, USA)
Thomas Gregor (Vanderbilt University, USA)
Gert Hekma (University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands)
Gilbert Herdt, organizer (University of Chicago, USA)
Edward Kaplan (Yale University, USA)
Igor Kon (Russian Academy of Sciences, Russia)
Lenore Manderson (University of Queensland, Australia)
Heino Meyer-Bahlburg (Columbia University, USA)
Paul Okami, monitor (University of California, Los Angeles, USA)
Angela Pattatucci (National Institutes of Health, USA)
Mary Pavelka (University of Calgary, Canada)
Alice Schlegel (University of Arizona, USA)
Sydel Silverman (Wenner-Gren Foundation, USA)
Don Symons (University of California, Santa Barbara, USA)
Donald Tuzin (University of California-San Diego, La Jolla, USA)
Carole Vance (Columbia University, USA)
Jean Wilson (University of Texas, USA)


The aim of this symposium was to bring together scholars from a range of social and biological sciences to theorize about human sexuality from perspectives other than reproduction. Toward this end, the participants initiated a transdisciplinary dialogue designed to assess the relative contributions of procreation and pleasure to human sexuality. Given the multidisciplinary mix of the twenty-two participants, this objective was pursued from anthropological, biological, historical, psychological and sociological vantage points. The symposium provided an overview of existing data and perspectives, advanced the theory underlying the pleasure/procreation distinction within human sexual behavior, and suggested future lines of investigation and collaboration.