13th Annual Feminist Theory Workshop

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March 22-23, 2019
Duke University
Penn Pavilion


Keynote Speakers

Lauren Berlant

George Pullman Distinguished Service Professor of English and Center for the Study of Race, Politics, and Cultural Center for the Study of Gender and Sexuality, University of Chicago


Jocelyn Olcott


Professor of History; International Comparative Studies; and Gender, Sexuality and Feminist Studies, Duke University


C. Riley Snorton


Professor of English and Gender and Sexuality, University of Chicago


Kim TallBear


Associate Professor of Native Studies, Canada Research Chair in Indigenous People, Technoscience, and Environment, Faculty of Native Studies, University of Alberta, Canada


Lauren Berlant


Lauren Berlant teaches at The University of Chicago. Her most recent books are Cruel Optimism (2011); Desire/Love (2012), and, with Lee Edelman, Sex, or the Unbearable (2014). She is currently working on flatter affects like inconvenience and humorlessness. Her forthcoming The Hundreds (2019), written with the anthropologist Kathleen Stewart, is a book of prose works entailing processes of generative receptivity, composition and world-making; she has also recently co-edited an issue of Critical Inquiry with Sianne Ngai, called Comedy, An Issue (2017). 


Jocelyn Olcott


Jocelyn Olcott is Professor of History; International Comparative Studies; and Gender, Sexuality, and Feminist Studies at Duke University. Her first book, Revolutionary Women in Postrevolutionary Mexico, explores questions of gender and citizenship in the 1930s.  Her second book, International Women’s Year:  The Greatest Consciousness-Raising Event in History considers the history and legacies of the United Nation’s first world conference on women in 1975 in Mexico City (Oxford University Press, 2017).  Her current project, a biography of the activist and folksinger Concha Michel, a one-time Communist who became an icon of maternalist feminism and a vocal advocate for recognizing the economic importance of subsistence labors, is under contract with Duke University Press.  The book follows Michel's life story from the late nineteenth century to the late twentieth to examine the ways that the concept, labor, and policies surrounding “motherhood” articulated with major shifts in political-economic thought.  She has also embarked on an international, interdisciplinary project centered on rethinking the value of care labors broadly speaking, including not only dependent and household care but also, for example, environmental, community, cultural, and sexual care.


C. Riley Snorton


C. Riley Snorton, Professor in English Language and Literature at the University of Chicago, is a cultural theorist who analyzes histories and representations of race, gender, and sexuality. He is the author of Nobody Is Supposed to Know: Black Sexuality on the Down Low (University of Minnesota Press, 2014) and Black on Both Sides: A Racial History of Trans Identity (University of Minnesota Press, 2017). Snorton is currently co-editing an anthology, tentatively titled Saturation: Racial Matter, Institutional Limits and the Excesses of Representation (New Museum / MIT, forthcoming in 2019) and The Flesh of the Matter: A Hortense Spillers Reader (forthcoming). His scholarship has been supported by a National Endowment for the Humanities fellowship at the New York Public Library’s Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, an Andrew W. Mellon postdoctoral fellowship at Pomona College, and two fellowships at Harvard’s W.E.B. Du Bois Institute for African and African American Research.


Kim TallBear


Kim TallBear is Associate Professor, Faculty of Native Studies, University of Alberta, and Canada Research Chair in Indigenous Peoples, Technoscience & Environment. She is also a Pierre Elliot Trudeau Foundation Fellow. Dr. TallBear is the author of Native American DNA: Tribal Belonging and the False Promise of Genetic Science. She is a regular commentator in US, Canadian, and UK media outlets on issues related to Indigenous peoples, science, and technology. Building on her research on the role of technoscience in settler colonialism, Dr. TallBear also studies the colonization of Indigenous sexuality. She is a citizen of the Sisseton-Wahpeton Oyate.

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

African & African American Studies Department
Art, Art History & Visual Studies Department
Asian and Middle Eastern Studies Department
Classical Studies Department
Cultural Anthropology Department
Dance Program
Duke Initiative for Science & Society
English Department
Franklin Humanities Institute
German Department
History Department
International Comparative Studies Program
Latino-a Studies in the Global South
Literature Program
Music Department
Philosophy Department
Religious Studies Department
Romance Studies Department
Slavic and Eurasian Studies
The Office of the Provost
Theater Studies

National & International Institutional Co-Sponsors

Gender, Women's and Sexuality Studies Program, Appalachian State University
Gender & Women’s Studies, University of Arizona
Community, Culture and Global Studies Department, Irving K. Barber School of Arts and Sciences, University of British Columbia, Okanagan Campus, Canada
UB Gender Institute, University at Buffalo, NY
Women's & Gender Studies, Capilano University, Canada
Department of Gender Studies, Central European University, Budapest, Hungary
Women's and Gender Studies, University of Central Florida.
Department of Gender Studies, Faculty of Humanities, Charles University, Czech Republic
Centro de Investigación en Estudios de la Mujer (CIEM), Universidad de la Costa Rica
Department of Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, Emory University
Studies of Women, Gender, and Sexuality, Harvard University
The Department of Gender, Women’s & Sexuality Studies, University of Iowa
Institute for Women’s Studies in the Arab World (IWSAW), Lebanese American University
Centre for Gender, Sexuality, and Writing, University of Kent, UK
School of Sociology and Social Policy, University of Leeds, UK
Department of Women’s Studies, University of Maryland, College Park
Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies, Miami University
Women’s and Gender Studies, University of North Carolina at Greensboro
Department of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures, University of North Carolina at Greensboro
Department of Women’s and Gender Studies, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Women’s and Gender Studies, North Carolina State University
Gender & Sexuality Studies Program, Northwestern University, Evanston, IL
Department of Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies, Ohio State University
Institute of Feminist and Gender Studies, University of Ottawa, Canada
Gender, Sexuality & Women’s Studies Program and the Alice Paul Center for Research on Gender, Sexuality, & Women, The University of Pennsylvania
Program in Gender and Sexuality Studies, Princeton University
Women’s and Gender Studies Program, Southern Methodist University 
Women and Gender Studies, University of Toronto Mississauga, Canada
The Department of Women's, Gender, and Sexuality, Wake Forest University
Department of Gender, Women & Sexuality Studies, University of Washington
Gender, Sexuality, and Women's Studies Program, William & Mary
Women's, Gender, and Sexuality studies Program, Yale University

Video Highlights from Workshop