14th Feminist Theory Workshop

14th Feminist Theory Workshop 2021


Since 2007, The Program in Gender, Sexuality, and Feminist Studies at Duke University has hosted an annual Feminist Theory Workshop (FTW)
FTW 2021 will bring us together virtually on Feminist Theory Fridays – three Friday afternoons in March when scholars share their work. While Feminist Theory Workshop will look different this year, what remains unchanged is our commitment to featuring the scholarship of renowned feminist theorists, and our investment in ensuring that students, scholars, and activists around the world can access those lectures for free. 



Keynote Speakers


Sharon Holland head shot

March 12, 2021, 2:00-3:30pm Eastern Standard Time

Sharon P. Holland          REGISTRATION

Townsend Ludington Distinguished Professor of American Studies at University of North Carolina

 The subject of the conversation will be on Holland's archival work with the MOVE organization and its work on animal liberation. The working title is: "companionate : species... or, MOVE something"

Shatema Threadcraft

March 19, 2021, 2:00-3:30pm Eastern Standard Time

Shatema Threadcraft         REGISTRATION

Associate Professor of Gender and Sexuality Studies, Philosophy, and Political Science at Vanderbilt University 

The subject of the conversation will be on Gendered Necropower: Abolition Feminism and Black Death's Public Private Divide


Gayatri Gopinath

March 26, 2021, 2:00-3:30pm Eastern Standard Time

Gayatri Gopinath         REGISTRATION

Professor in the Department of Social and Cultural Analysis, and the Director of Center for the Study of Gender & Sexuality at New York University

The Title of Gopinath's presentation is "Unruly Visions: The Queer Regional Imaginaries of Sunil Gupta and Agha Shahid Ali"



Jennifer Nash headshot

Joining Sharon Holland in conversation on March 12, 2021

Jennifer Nash

Jean Fox O'Barr Professor Gender, Sexuality & Feminist Studies at Duke University   


Patrice Douglass headshot

Joining Shatema Threadcraft in conversation on March 19, 2021

Patrice Douglass

Assistant Professor in the Department of Gender, Sexuality & Feminist Studies at Duke University  





Sharon P. Holland

Sharon P. Holland is the Townsend Ludington Distinguished Professor in American Studies at the University of North Carolina @ Chapel Hill. She a graduate of Princeton University (1986) and holds a PhD in English and African American Studies from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor (1992). She is the author of Raising the Dead: Readings of Death and (Black) Subjectivity (Duke UP, 2000), which won the Lora Romero First Book Prize from the American Studies Association (ASA) in 2002. She is also co-author of a collection of trans-Atlantic Afro-Native criticism with Professor Tiya Miles (American Culture, UM, Ann Arbor) entitled Crossing Waters/ Crossing Worlds: The African Diaspora in Indian Country (Duke University Press, 2006). Professor Holland is also responsible for bringing a feminist classic, The Queen is in the Garbage by Lila Karp to the attention of The Feminist Press for publication (2007). She is the author of The Erotic Life of Racism (Duke University Press, 2012), a theoretical project that explores the intersection of Critical Race, Feminist, and Queer Theory. She is currently finishing a decade-long project, “hum:animal:blackness,” an investigation of the human/animal distinction and the place of discourse on blackness within that discussion. You can see her work on food, writing and all things equestrian on her blog, http://theprofessorstable.wordpress.com//.

She is the convener of the Critical Ethnic Studies Collective and Chair of the American Studies Department at UNC-Chapel Hill.


Shatema Threadcraft

Shatema Threadcraft is an Associate Professor of Gender and Sexuality Studies, Philosophy, and Political Science at Vanderbilt University . She is the author of Intimate Justice: The Black Female Body and the Body Politic (Oxford University Press, 2016), winner of the National Women’s Studies Association’s 2017 Sara A. Whaley Award for the best book on women and labor, the 2017 W.E.B. Du Bois Distinguished Book Award from the National Conference of Black Political Scientists and the 2017 Best Book Award from the American Political Science Association's Race, Ethnicity and Politics Organized Section (Best Book in Race and Political Theory). Her article “Intimate Justice, Political Obligation and the Dark Ghetto” (Signs, 2014) was awarded the American Political Science Association’s 2015 Okin-Young Award, which recognizes the best paper on feminist political theory published in an English language academic journal in 2014. She was the 2017-2018 Ralph E. and Doris M. Hansmann Member at the Institute for Advanced Study and a Visiting Research Associate in the Department of Political Studies at University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg from 2009-2012. Her research has been supported by Harvard’s Charles Warren Center for Studies in American History, the Ford Foundation, the American Association of University Women and the Gilder Lehrman Center for the Study of Slavery, Resistance and Abolition.


Gayatri Gopinath

Gayatri Gopinath is Professor in the Department of Social and Cultural Analysis, and the Director of the Center for the Study of Gender and Sexuality at New York University. She works at the intersection of transnational feminist and queer studies, postcolonial studies, and diaspora studies, and is the author of two monographs: Impossible Desires: Queer Diasporas and South Asian Public Cultures (Duke UP, 2005), and Unruly Visions: The Aesthetic Practices of Queer Diaspora (Duke UP, 2018). She has published numerous essays on gender, sexuality, and queer diasporic cultural production in anthologies and journals such as Journal of Middle East Women’s Studies, GLQ, Social Text, and positions.   

Many thanks for our 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
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

Institutional Co-Sponsors:

Gender, Women's and Sexuality Studies  Program, Appalachian State University
Gender & Women's Studies, University of Arizona
Women and Gender Studies, Arizona State University
UB Gender Institute, University at Buffalo, NY
Department of Gender & Sexuality Studies,  University of California, Irvine
Centro de Investigacion 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
School of Sociology and Social Policy,  University of Leeds, UK
Department of Women's Studies,  University of Maryland, College Park
Women, Gender, Sexuality Studies,  University of Massachusetts, Amherst
Women's Studies, University of Michigan
Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies,  Miami University
Centro de Investigaciones y Estudios de  Genero (CIEG), National Autonomous  University of Mexico, Mexico City, Mexico
Women's and Gender Studies, University  of North Carolina at Greensboro
Women's and Gender Studies, North Carolina State University
Gender & Sexuality Studies Program,  Northwestern University, Evanston, IL
Women's, Gender & Sexuality Studies,  Ohio University
Centre for Gender Research, University of Oslo, Norway
Gender, Sexuality & Women's Studies  Program and the Alice Paul Center for  Research on Gender, Sexuality, & Women,  University of Pennsylvania
Program in Gender & Sexuality Studies,  Princeton University
Women's and Gender Studies,  University of South Carolina
Women’s and Gender Studies,  Southern Methodist University
Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies,  Stony Brook University
Women and Gender Studies Institute, University of Toronto
Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies,  University of Vermont
Women’s and Gender Studies, Virginia Tech
Department of Gender, Women & Sexuality  Studies, University of Washington
Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies,  Yale University
School of Gender, Sexuality and Women’s Studies, York University