Feminist Theory Workshop 2019

Durham, North Carolina
Friday, March 22, 2019
Feminist Theory Workshop 2019
Friday, March 22, 2019 - Saturday, March 23, 2019

Duke University Penn Pavilion
919-684-3655
Duke University
Durham, North Carolina 27708
United States

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As an interdisciplinary field, Gender, Sexuality & Feminist Studies has long been in critical conversation with a variety of disciplines, such that its languages of analysis, methodological priorities, and histories of research and writing are often recognizably situated in relation to the disciplinary identities of its practitioners.  Posed as a question, the field asks itself: does Feminist Studies have a distinctive tradition of inquiry of its own? The answer of course is nothing if not debatable, but the chief candidate for affirmation is the seemingly amorphous entity, feminist theory. It is typically the name of the one course that students in every undergraduate and graduate curriculum are required to take, and it serves as an acknowledged critical domain for debates that cross both disciplinary and national lines. 

We call our event a workshop to foreground our interest in feminist theory as a scholarly domain of inquiry. Therefore, in keeping with the interdisciplinary impulse central to Women's Studies as a field, we will resist consolidating feminist theory into a canon of great works or privileged authors, or prioritizing it as a specific kind of methodological project. The Workshop will be organized pedagogically to promote intense study, featuring both keynote lectures by internationally known scholars and small working seminars for participants.

The workshop organizers this year will pick a significant article by each keynote speaker, and participants will be expected to read the articles prior to the workshop.  The readings will be available on the Workshop website https://gendersexualityfeminist.duke.edu/conferences/twelfth-annual-feminist-theory-workshop.  While on our webpage please join our new Facebook Feminist Theory Workshop Closed Group  for more information and to connect with other attendees.  

This year we will again hold discussion groups on the second day of the conference which will be led by keynote speakers and other invited faculty. The groups will include discussion of the keynote talks as well as the articles circulated.  We ask conference participants to sign up for a discussion group at the time of registration.  


 

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