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Jan. 27, 2005

LEWISBURG, Pa. — Popular culture suggests women were "born to shop," but Dartmouth professor of geography Mona Domosh proposes otherwise in "A Feminine City? Women, Shopping Spaces and the Creation of the late 19th-century Downtown."

Domosh will explore this topic Thursday, Feb. 3, at 7:30 p.m. in the Forum of the Elaine Langone Center at Bucknell University. The talk, part of the university's Social Science Colloquium Series, is open to the public without charge.

She will examine how space structures society's understanding of gender, exploring how and why gendered norms were literally inscribed into late 19th-century New York City and how those spaces reinforced Victorian ideas of separate spheres.

She also will discuss how women were not necessarily born to shop and downtowns have not always been havens of shopping, but the two became linked in this manner in the mid- to late-19th century.

The recipient of a doctorate from Clark University, Domosh is the author of Invented Cities: The Creation of Landscape in 19th-century New York and Boston. She is also founding co-editor of Gender, Place and Culture: a Journal of Feminist Geography.

"Scholars have begun to view society and space as mutually constituted, inter-active and reciprocal," according to Karen Morin, associate professor of geography at Bucknell and faculty co-coordinator of the series. "This understanding views space as part of society, rather than as its passive backdrop.

"Domosh's talk will give the audience a good sense for what this means in practice and also the kind of work that human geographers are up to these days," she said.


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