Eleventh Annual Feminist Theory Workshop

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.  

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Speakers/Presenters

Christina Crosby

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

Christina Crosby selected reading - A Body, Undone

Christina Crosby recently published book, A Body, Undone: Living on After Great Pain (NYU Press, 2016), a first-person account of living on after surviving a profoundly transformative spinal cord injury at age fifty. At once deeply personal and deeply unsentimental, the book is her effort to “create something of an otherwise confounded life [by] ‘diving into the wreck’ of her body.” The book is deeply informed by scholarly knowledge, which nonetheless stays in the background as she returns in memory to the one she once was in order to sustain the person she has become. Grief and loss are a swift and treacherous current running through the book, a counter-force to the progress narrative expected of all first-person accounts of disability. She hopes that her book will help to open in disability studies a serious discussion about grief, a topic that sits awkwardly with the field’s explorations of crip pride, and the welcome re-signification of incapacities as variations of human possibility to be celebrated. Her first book, The Ends of History: Victorians and “the Woman Question” (Routledge, 1990), taught her to be wary of progress narratives and the “empty, homogenous time” of historicism (Walter Benjamin), for “women” were categorically exempted from history in order to secure it. “The happiest woman, like the happiest nation, has no history,” writes George Eliot. She is a Professor of English and Feminist, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at Wesleyan University, where she has worked since 1982.

Amelia Jones

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

Amelia Jones selected reading – Otherwise

Amelia Jones is the Robert A. Day Professor in Art and Design and Vice-Dean of Critical Studies at the Roski School of Art and Design at University of Southern California. A curator and theorist and historian of art and performance, her recent publications include Perform Repeat Record: Live Art in History (2012), co-edited with Adrian Heathfield, a single authored book Seeing Differently: A History and Theory of Identification and the Visual Arts (2012), the edited volume Sexuality (2014), and, co-edited with Erin Silver, Otherwise: Imagining Queer Feminist Art Histories (2016). Her exhibition Material Traces: Time and the Gesture in Contemporary Art took place in 2013 in Montreal, as did the event Trans-Montréal (Performance Studies International, 2015) and Live Artists Live (USC, 2016)both of which included performances and lectures.  Her edited special issue of Performance Research entitled “On Trans/Performance” was published in October 2016.

Katherine McKittrick

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

Katherine McKittrick selected readings - Diachronic loops  and Rebellion/Invention/Groove

Katherine McKittrick is an Associate Professor of Gender Studies at Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario. Her research is interdisciplinary attends to the links between black studies, theories of anti-colonialism and liberation, and creative texts. She also researches the writings of Sylvia Wynter, with part of this work put forth in the edited collection, Sylvia Wynter: On Being Human as Praxis. She authored Demonic Grounds: Black Women and the Cartographies of Struggle and co-edited, with Clyde Woods, Black Geographies and the Politics of Place. She is currently working on the monograph Dear Science and Other Stories.

 

Kathi Weeks

Professor in Gender Sexuality and Feminist Studies
Duke University

Kathi Weeks selected readings - The Problem with Work, pages 37-77 and The Problem with Work 234-240 

Kathi Weeks teaches in the Women’s Studies Program at Duke University.  Her primary interests are in the fields of political theory, feminist theory, Marxist thought, the critical study of work, and utopian studies.  She is currently working on constructing a counter-archive of the future of U.S. Marxist feminist thought.  She is the author of Constituting Feminist Subjects (Cornell UP, 1998) and The Problem with Work: Feminism, Marxism, Antiwork Politics and Postwork Imaginaries (Duke UP, 2011), and a co-editor of The Jameson Reader (Blackwell, 2000).  

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Sponsor(s)

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
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When
March 24, 2017 to March 25, 2017
Where
Duke University

Videos

2017 Feminist Theory Workshop - Closing Roundtable
2017 Feminist Theory Workshop - Katherine McKittrick (Keynote & Seminar Leader)
2017 Feminist Theory Workshop - Amelia Jones (Keynote & Seminar Leader)
Keynote: Christina Crosby with Opening Remarks by Jocelyn Olcott