Black Feminist Theory Summer Institute

A light green flyer with copy pertaining to the 2024 Black Feminist Theory Summer Institute, occurring from August 5-9, 2024 with the theme, "Home"

Third Annual Black Feminist Theory Summer Institute

August 5 - 9, 2024

HOME

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. This year, the Institute will focus on interdisciplinary Black feminist scholarship that attends to home.  We welcome applicants who work on: home-making, home-breaking, the politics of domesticity, built environments, world-making, place-making, constructions of privacy, speculative homes, and beyond. Graduate students will have an opportunity to engage closely with prominent scholars, and to meet students from other institutions with similar intellectual interests. Students will also have the chance 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:

Adrienne Brown (U. Chicago)

Rebecca Carter (Brown)

Naomi Extra (Rutgers)

Crystal Feimster (Yale)

Jasmine Johnson (U. Pennsylvania)

D. Soyini Madison (Northwestern)

Rebecca Wanzo (Washington University)

Terrion Williamson (U. Illinois-Chicago)

Details of Participation:

Participants from institutions outside the Triangle area will arrive on August 4, 2024 and depart on August 9, 2024.  Lodging is provided free of charge for all out-of-town students from Sunday to Saturday. Each out-of-town participant will also receive $400 toward travel expenses. Ground transportation from airport to lodging is also provided.

All participants will be provided with breakfast and lunch from Monday to Friday, and we will have a group dinner on Thursday evening.

The academic sessions begin on the morning of August 5, and end in the afternoon on August 9.  Sessions will run from approximately 9:00AM to 3:30PM, and participants are expected to be on time, to attend all sessions, and to complete assigned readings.

Application Process:

Twenty participants will be accepted into the Black Feminist Theory Summer Institute, ten from Triangle-area universities (Duke, UNC, NC State, NC Central, UNCG) and ten from other colleges and universities. We welcome applications from all graduate students with an interest in Black feminist theory, broadly defined.  The due date for applications is December 30, 2023.  Successful applicants will be notified by January 15, 2024.

Application:

The application is online at:

https://forms.gle/AxGec6TEEjj5am3C8

Questions?

Feel free to contact Jennifer Nash at dukebftsi@gmail.com

PAST BLACK FEMINIST THEORY SUMMER INSTITUTES

Since 2022, Black Feminist Theory Summer Institute has designated a thematic focus area as a point of exploration.

You can learn more about our past institutes by clicking the titles of each below.

A light orange flyer with copy pertaining to the 2023 Black Feminist Theory Summer Institute

July 31, 2023 - August 4, 2023

The Ordinary

Convener: Jennifer C. Nash

The Department of Gender, Sexuality, and Feminist Studies at Duke University invited graduate students for a five-day Black Feminist Theory Summer Institute (July 31, 2023-August 4, 2023). The 2023 institute focused on interdisciplinary Black feminist scholarship that attends to the politics, practices, and pleasures of the ordinary. Graduate students had the opportunity to engage closely with prominent scholars and were invited to share their scholarly work in short presentations. 

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)

 

A light orange flyer with copy pertaining to the 2022 Black Feminist Theory Summer Institute

August 1-5, 2022

Life. Living. Alive.

Convener: Jennifer C. Nash

The 2022 Black Feminist Theory Summer Institute focused on interdisciplinary Black feminist scholarship that attends to Black life and living. The Department invited graduate students (MA, MFA, and/or PhD-track) for a five-day Black Feminist Theory Summer Institute. Graduate students had the opportunity to engage closely with prominent scholars and were invited to share their scholarly work in fifteen-minute presentations. Keeping with the theme of sustaining life, we work to produce a cross-institution community of scholars working in the field of Black feminist theory.

Institute Faculty:

La Marr Jurelle Bruce (UMD)

Sarah Jane Cervenak (UNCG)

Sharon Holland (UNC)

LaMonda Horton-Stallings (Georgetown)

Justin Mann (Northwestern)

Emily Owens (Brown)

Samantha Pinto (UT Austin)

Kevin Quashie (Brown)