"The Graduate Scholars Colloquium provided the ideal platform on which I could grow as a feminist intellectual. In retrospect, I can say that my time as a Graduate Scholar showed me how feminism could be both a rigorous form of theoretical inquiry and a rewarding practice of academic collaboration."
— Kinohi Nishikawa
(Ph.D. in Literature and Certificate in Feminist Studies 2010)
Assistant Professor of English, Princeton University
The Graduate Scholars Colloquium provides a site of vibrant intellectual exchange for graduate students across the disciplines engaged in the study of gender or in feminist and queer analysis. The colloquium is designed to address the work of its participants, and by so doing, to explore emerging questions in the field of Feminist Studies and offer an opportunity to advance work, commentary, and discussion in an interdisciplinary setting. In addition to graduate students (M.A., Ph.D., M.F.A., and professional students), faculty and postdoctoral fellows participate in the colloquium. Many of the students pursuing the Certificate in Feminist Studies attend, and eventually present their work to, the Colloquium. For those interested in feminist and queer scholarship, the Colloquium provides an ongoing, cross-departmental conversation that allows active participation.
For the most current information on events, please check the Gender, Sexuality & Feminist Studies' Colloquium calendar.
The colloquium is led by two student leaders each year. This year's leaders are Maggie McDowell and Lorenza Starace. The Grad Scholars Colloquium Leaders are responsible for soliciting and scheduling presentations from other graduate students and respondents, who may be graduate students or faculty. It is overseen by the Director of Graduate Studies.
Dinner is provided at each meeting which begins at 6 p.m. in the East Duke Parlors. Meetings are held roughly monthly throughout the academic year. Work to be discussed is pre-circulated on an RSVP basis.
How to Join
Anyone is welcome to attend a Colloquium. You should RSVP to the Colloquium Leaders in order to get access to the readings.
You may request to join the Colloquium mailing list by completing the request form.