Twelfth Annual Feminist Theory Workshop

The Feminist Theory Workshop (FTW), which is in its twelfth 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.  



Twelfth Annual Feminist Theory Workshop
March 23-24, 2018

at Penn Pavilion, Duke University

(May be subject to change)

Friday, March 23_________________________________________________________

1:00 pm           Registration Opens
2:00 pm          Opening Remarks
2:30 pm          Keynote Speaker
4:00 pm          Break
4:30 pm          Keynote Speaker
6:00 pm          Reception 
7:30 pm          Reception Ends

Saturday, March 24________________________________________________________

9:00 am         Tea & Coffee 
10:00 am        Keynote Speaker      
11:30 am         Lunch - bag lunch
1:00 pm          Keynote Speaker 
2:30 pm         Break
2:45 pm         Seminar Discussion
4:45 pm         Break
5:00 pm         Closing Roundtable Panel
6:15 pm          Closing Remarks
6:30 pm         Workshop Ends



Anne Allison

Professor of Cultural Anthropology
Duke University

Silvia Federici

Professor Emerita of New College
Hofstra University

Denise Ferreira da Silva

Director & Professor of Institute for Gender, Race, Sexuality and Social Justice
University of British Columbia

Jennifer Nash

Associate Professor, African-American Studies & Gender and Sexuality Studies
Northwestern University
March 23, 2018 to March 24, 2018
Duke University, Penn Pavilion, 107 Union Dr, Durham, NC 27710
How to Register

Registration will open December 2017

Pre-Conference Information

To help you plan your visit and make your stay more enjoyable, we suggest you view the following links: