Thirteenth Annual Feminist Theory Workshop

Keynote Speakers

Lauren Berlant

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
Anne Anlin Cheng

Anne Anlin Cheng

Professor of English, Director of American Studies, and affiliated faculty in the Program in Gender and Sexuality Studies
Princeton University
C. Riley Snorton

C. Riley Snorton

Professor of English and Gender and Sexuality
University of Chicago
Kim TallBear

Kim TallBear

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

Speaker Biographies

Lauren Berlant

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). 

Anne Anlin Cheng

Anne Anlin Cheng

Anne Anlin Cheng is Professor of English and Director of American Studies at Princeton University.  She is also an affiliated faculty in the Program in Gender and Sexuality Studies and the Committee on Film Studies.  he is an interdisciplinary scholar who works at the intersection of aesthetics and politics, drawing from literary theory, critical race studies, film theory, feminist theory, and psychoanalysis.  She works primarily with twentieth-century American literature and visual culture with special focus on Asian American and African American literatures.  She is the author of The Melancholy of Race: Assimilation, Psychoanalysis, and Hidden Grief, Second Skin: Josephine Baker and the Modern Surface, and a new book entitled Ornamentalism, forthcoming from Oxford University Press.

C. Riley Snorton

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

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.


Workshop Schedule

Friday, March 22

General parking located at Science Drive Garage
Located at Cameron Blvd (751) and Science Drive, entering off of Cameron Blvd.

1:00 pm           Registration Opens

2:00 pm           Opening Remarks: Priscilla Wald

2:30 pm           1st Keynote Speaker - C. Riley Snorton

4:00 pm           Break

4:30 pm           2nd Keynote Speaker - Lauren Berlant

6:00 pm           Opening Reception

8:00 pm           Opening Reception Ends

Saturday, March 23

9:00 am           Registration Opens

10:00 am         3rd Keynote Speaker - Anne Anlin Cheng

11:30 am         Lunch

1:00 pm           4th Keynote Speaker - Kim TallBear

2:30 pm           Break

2:45 pm           Discussion Groups

4:45 pm           Break

5:00 pm           Closing Roundtable

6:15 pm           Closing Remarks: Priscilla Wald

6:30 pm           Workshop Ends



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
History Department
International Comparative Studies Program
Latino-a Studies in the Global South
Literature Program
Music Department
Religious Studies Department
Romance Studies Department
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
Institute for Legal Gender Studies, JKU Linz, Austria
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

Penn Pavilion
March 22, 2019 to March 23, 2019
Duke University, Penn Pavilion

107 Union Dr, Durham, NC 27710

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Cambria hotel & suites Durham
FTW Rate per Night: $119.00
Discount price valid while rooms are available
Please note rooms need to be booked by the cutoff date of Thursday, Feb 28, 2019
Reserve your room online – Cambria Durham
Phone: 919-286-3111
Address: 2306 Elba Street, Durham, NC 27705

- Host Hotel – holding a large block of rooms for FTW
- Complimentary Shuttle to Main Campus
- Fitness Center
- Free Wi-Fi
- 23 minute walk, 9 Minute drive from Penn Pavilion


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Accessible Parking: If for medical reasons you need alternative parking options, contact Jeremy Boomhower.

Hard of Hearing and/or Deaf: If you are hard of hearing and /or deaf and need sign language translation during the Feminist Theory Workshop, please reach out to Jeremy Boomhower.