Black Feminist Theory Summer Institute

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Second Annual Black Feminist Theory Summer Institute

July 31, 2023- August 4, 2023

The Ordinary

Duke University

Department of Gender, Sexuality, and Feminist Studies

Convener: Jennifer C. Nash

The Department of Gender, Sexuality, and Feminist Studies at Duke University invites applications from graduate students for a five-day Black Feminist Theory Summer Institute (July 31, 2023-August 4, 2023).  The institute will focus on interdisciplinary Black feminist scholarship that attends to the politics, practices, and pleasures of the ordinary.  Graduate students will have the opportunity to engage closely with prominent scholars. Students will also be invited to share their scholarly work in short presentations.  Our goal is to produce a cross-institution interdisciplinary community of scholars working in the field of Black feminist theory.

Institute Faculty:

Marquis Bey (Northwestern)

Erica Edwards (Yale)

Jovonna Jones (Boston College)

Tiffany Lethabo King (University of Virginia)

Sherie Randolph (Georgia Tech)

Mercy Romero (Sonoma State)

Calvin Warren (Emory)

Bianca Williams (CUNY Graduate Center)

Application Process:

Twenty participants will be accepted into the Black Feminist Theory Summer Institute, ten from Duke University and ten from other colleges and universities. We welcome applications from all graduate students with an interest in Black feminist theory, broadly defined. 

The application is online at:

The due date for applications is December 15, 2022.  Successful applicants will be notified by January 8, 2023.  

Details of Participation:

Participants from institutions outside the Durham area will arrive on July 30, 2023 and depart on August 5, 2023. Lodging is provided free of charge for out-of-town students from Sunday to Saturday. Each out-of-town participant will receive $350 toward travel expenses. Ground transportation from airport to lodging is provided. All participants will be provided with breakfast and lunch from Monday to Friday, and we will have a collective dinner on Thursday evening. The academic sessions begin on the morning of Monday, July 31st and end in the afternoon on Friday, August 4th.  Sessions run from approximately 9:00 am to 3:30 pm. All participants are expected to be on time, to attend all sessions, and to complete assigned readings.

Questions:  Please contact Jennifer C. Nash at