Eleventh Annual Feminist Theory Workshop

NEW!  LIVE STREAM FTW!  Are you interested in our conference, but were unable to attend in person?  This year we are Live Streaming starting at 2pm on the first day, Friday, March 24, 2017 and starting at 10am on the second day, Saturday, March 25, 2017   Click on the link below to view. 

 11th Annual Feminist Theory Workshop (Day 1)                 

 11th Annual Feminist Theory Workshop (Day 2)

The Feminist Theory Workshop (FTW), which is in its eleventh year, offers a unique opportunity for internationally recognized faculty and young scholars to engage in sustained dialogue about feminist theory as a scholarly domain of inquiry. The “workshop” approach of this conference requires active participation of both presenters and attendees.  Small seminars allow for focused participant exchange, roundtables synthesize central debates of the weekend, and provocative keynote lectures all bring those who attend the workshop into collaborative conversations. The FTW has quickly become the premier forum for annual discussions of Feminist Theory in the US.  We have had to close our registration at 250 in the past few years because of space and financial considerations.

The FTW has proven to be a dynamic site of interdisciplinary exploration between academics across fields and disciplines. Our experience shows us that bringing together disparate voices to tackle common questions yields more rigorous dialogue and a greater scope of solutions because of the variety of our experiences and contexts. The diversity of perspectives that FTW offers stays with many participants once they embark on or continue their research because our scholars encounter ideas and perspectives that can change the course of their research.

We see the FTW as an opportunity to build an exceptional community of feminist scholars ---scholars who have a greater understanding of global perspectives and transnational issues.

One of the goals of the FTW is to promote a more diverse dialogue among scholars of feminist theory and to foster a vibrant international community of scholarship. To that end, we bring together internationally recognized keynote speakers and emerging young scholars to engage in lively and focused debate. Institutional co-sponsors are asked to commit funds to cover the cost of attendance for a specific number of their own students and faculty (generally travel and lodging). The workshop itself is free and there is no other obligation.  



Christina Crosby

Professor in English and Feminist, Gender, and Sexuality Studies
Wesleyan University

Amelia Jones

Professor in Art and Design and Vice-Dean of Critical Studies
USC Roski School of Art and Design

Katherine McKittrick

Professor in Gender Studies and the Graduate Program in Cultural Studies
Queen's University

Kathi Weeks

Professor in Gender Sexuality and Feminist Studies
Duke University


Many thanks to our sponsors including the following Duke University Co-Sponsors:

  • African and African American Studies Department
  • Asian and Middle Eastern Studies
  • Cultural Anthropology Department
  • Program in Latino/a Studies
  • Program in Literature
  • Classical Studies Department
  • Political Science Department
  • English Department
  • The Office of the Provost
  • Franklin Humanities Institute

Institutional Co-sponsors:

  • Gender, Women’s & Sexuality Studies at Appalachian State University
  • Gender Studies at Central European University in Budapest, Hungary
  • Women and Gender Studies at Arizona State University
  • Women’s Studies at Eastern Carolina University
  • Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at Emory University
  • Studies of Women, Gender, and Sexuality at Harvard
  • Center for Gender, Sexuality & Writing at University of Kent, UK
  • Women and Gender Studies at North Carolina State University
  • Gender & Sexuality Studies at Princeton University
  • Women’s and Gender Studies at Southern Methodist University
  • The Michelle R. Clayman Institute for Gender Research at Stanford University
  • Women’s, Gender & Sexuality Studies at Stony Brook University, New York
  • Women’s and Gender Studies at University of North Carolina at Greensboro
  • Women’s Studies at University of Maryland, College Park
  • Gender, Sexuality & Women’s Studies at University of Pennsylvania
  • Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at Wake Forest University
  • Centre for the Study of Women and Gender at University of Warwick in Coventry, UK
March 24, 2017 to March 25, 2017
Duke University