Annual Research Theme

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2022-2023 Theme: Feminist Theory and Imperialism

Theme year events include an interdisciplinary in-person seminar (registration required) in the Pink Parlor (East Campus) composed of graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, and faculty in Fall 2022 titled, GSF 960S: Feminist Theory and Imperialism. The seminar is designed and taught by Drs. Frances Hasso (GSF, History, Sociology) and Anna Krylova (History, GSF). The latest syllabus is available here (https://franceshasso.net/2022/05/30/feminist-theory-and-imperialism-syllabus/). The seminar will culminate in an open in-person seminar (potentially live-streamed) with 4-5 outside presenters on November 30, 2022. Dr. Paniz Musawi was awarded a postdoctoral fellowship in GSF under the theme year and will present her work publicly in spring 2023 term.

The seminar participants will together examine historically grounded concepts to understand the institutional, material, and cultural relationships between Western feminist theory and imperialism in its modern historical and contemporary modalities. It addresses cultural, economic and intellectual imperialism, which is often the focus of feminist and sexual theorization and critique in many parts of the world, as well as leftist movements as sites of anti-imperialist feminist and sexual theorizing and critique. It will also focus on a few cultural case studies where feminist theory and activism align with imperialist and colonial agendas, as well as the funding institutions that encourage such alignment. All registered participants were encouraged to contribute concepts, original sources, and readings. Any questions about the seminar or theme year can be directed to Frances Hasso and Anna Krylova at frances.hasso@duke.edu and anna.krylova@duke.edu