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Professor Hasso was declared the winner of this year's Best Book Award by the Interdisciplinary Studies Section (IDSS) of the International Studies Association for her monograph 'Buried in the Red Dirt: Race, Reproduction, and Death in Modern Palestine' (Cambridge University Press, 2022). Through its book award prize, IDSS recognizes original works that are outstanding contributions to interdisciplinary studies. The book 'Buried in the Red Dirt' tells a story of life, death, reproduction and missing… read more about GSF Professor Frances S. Hasso wins IDSS Book Award 2023 »

Dr. Storti published a review of Guilty Party, an exhibit curated by Justin Hoover at the Wing Luke Museum of the Asian Pacific American Experience in Seattle, in the journal Asian Diasporic Visual Cultures and the Americas (2022).  Guilty Party, a convergence of folk mysticism, cultural tradition, digital technology, and social media, features works by queer Asian American and Pacific Islander artists Chanel Matsunami Govreau, Jodie Lyn-Kee-Chow, Jeffrey Augustine Songco, Mail Order Brides (… read more about GSF Faculty Anna Storti publishes a review article on the exhibit 'Guilty Party' »

On the 30th of November 2022, Duke’s Program in Gender, Sexuality and Feminist Studies, in collaboration with the Franklin Humanities Institute and the History Department, convened the ‘Feminist Theory and Imperialism Conference’ as part of this year’s Annual Research Theme. The conference, organized by professors Frances Hasso (GSF, History and Sociology) and Anna Krylova (History, GSF), concluded the fall ‘Feminist Theory and Imperialism’ doctoral/postdoctoral/faculty seminar (GSF 960S) designed and taught by them. The… read more about Feminist Theory and Imperialism Conference »

Duke GSF Studies Graduate Certificate student, Joe Hiller (PhD Candidate in the Department of Cultural Anthropology) was awarded the prestigious Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad (DDRA) Award for the 2022-2023 academic year. This award provides opportunities to doctoral candidates to engage in full-time dissertation research abroad and contribute to the development and improvement of the study of modern foreign languages. It will allow him to conduct nine… read more about GSF Certificate Student Joe Hiller receives Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad Award »

This past summer, Gender, Sexuality & Feminist Studies minor Ila Amiri got chance to be in the room where it happens. She was there as a part of the Victory Congressional Internship, which aims to introduce LGBTQ+ undergraduates to public policy and prepare them to be the next generation of leaders. Amiri spent eight weeks in Washington, D.C., networking, learning how to craft legislation and narrowing down what she wants out of her own postgraduate experience. The fourth year student learned about the opportunity… read more about GSF Minor Gains Valuable Experience in Washington, D.C.  »

As the youngest of five children, it’s safe to say that Dawn Staley grew up in a competitive environment. The three-time Olympic gold medalist, WNBA player and current head coach of the University of South Carolina women’s basketball team was raised in the north Philadelphia projects and has brought that competitiveness to everything she’s been a part of. With Staley at the helm of the program, the Gamecocks have won five SEC regular season championships, six SEC tournament titles, three Final Fours, two NCAA National… read more about Dawn Staley on Race, Equality and Advocating for Change »

Throughout the 2022 calendar year, Dr. Anna Storti, Assistant Professor of GSF, and Dr. Yun Emily Wang, Assistant Professor of Music, convened Minor Aesthetics, a working group sponsored by the Franklin Humanities Institute. In the spring, the working group held three workshops, where graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, faculty, and invited artists were in conversation about their respective scholarly and creative practices. In the fall, and with generous support from the FHI, the Duke Endowment, GSF, Music, and AADS,… read more about “Minor Aesthetics: Queer, Asian, Diasporic”  »

    First Year Seminar:  Feminist Feelings GSF 89S.01      MW 10:15AM-11:30AM   Kathi Weeks Anger and rage, fear and shame, love and lust, joy and happiness: gender, race, class, and sexuality matter for how each of these feelings is experienced by individuals and received by others.  Turning on its head the Western historical tradition that has casts women and feminine people as more emotional, this class explores what contemporary feminist thinkers have to say… read more about GSF Studies Spring 2023 Courses »

Dear community,   I feel tremendously lucky to have the opportunity to serve as the Director of Gender, Sexuality, and Feminist Studies.  It is a chance to champion the work of my amazing colleagues, and to foster intellectual community at Duke and beyond. I owe a debt of gratitude to Jocelyn Olcott who served tirelessly as Director for three years, and from whom I learned an immense amount about leadership, intellectual vision, and feminist community.   I invite you to click on the links below to learn… read more about Message from our new Director, Professor Jen Nash! »

Introducing Chaunesti Webb, the Gender, Sexuality & Feminist (GSF) Studies department postdoctoral associate for the year 2022-23. Self-described “artist-scholar-educator” Chaunesti has come back home. After earning her Ph.D. in Performance Studies at Northwestern University, she has returned to Durham, where she was born and raised. Chaunesti credits her beloved family, community, and city for shaping her into the artist and scholar she is today. Coming from a family that supported her interest in the arts, she fell… read more about Welcome GSF Postdoc Chaunesti Webb »

The Gender, Sexuality, and Feminist Studies department is excited to welcome Paniz Musawi Natanzi as a 2022–2023 postdoctoral associate in the theme-year of Feminist Theory and Imperialism. As a Literature PhD student completing certificates in both Gender, Sexuality, and Feminist Studies and Middle East Studies, I am grateful to have had a chance to sit down with Paniz over coffee, as many of her research interests converge along similar lines as my own. As we chatted about how we negotiate our relationships to disciplines… read more about Introducing GSF Postdoc Paniz Musawi Natanzi »

I am a second-generation learner who grew up in a small fishing town in Kerala, in the southern tip of India. I hold a master’s degree in English Language and Literature and am currently a Ph.D. student at the Centre for Culture Studies, University of Kerala. For my dissertation, I study the regional politics of women’s sartorial reformation and the sartorial grammars of vernacular modernity, modesty, and gendered citizenship in early nineteenth-century Travancore, an erstwhile kingdom of Kerala. My academic interest in… read more about Meet GSF visiting Fulbright-Nehru Doctoral Research Fellow Arya Alvernas »

The recent death of a young Iranian woman, Mahsa Amini, while in the custody of Iranian authorities has sparked a massive wave of protests – both online and in the streets. There are echoes of the past in this new wave of protests along with a very clear demand for freedom and bodily autonomy, three Duke scholars said Thursday in a virtual media briefing. (Watch the briefing on YouTube.) Here are excerpts:   ON IMPETUS FOR IRAN PROTESTS Negar Mottahedeh, Middle Eastern Studies scholar “There’s 40… read more about Protests Grow More Frequent As Young Iranians Demand More Freedoms, Experts Say »

It only takes a few minutes with Nikki Lane, Gender, Sexuality & Feminist Studies’ newest assistant professor, to get clear why the department was eager to welcome her. Her research is provocative, she teaches a class called “Hot Girl Meg” and, as if the topic alone isn’t captivating, Lane commands an audience when she speaks. She is as comfortable citing Kimberlé Crenshaw as she is Salt-N-Pepa lyrics, effortlessly mixing her research interests in linguistics, cultural anthropology, and the role of race, sexuality and… read more about Meet the Professor Bringing Rap Into Gender Studies and the Classroom Onto Instagram »

The Office for Research & Innovation has awarded funding to eight, interdisciplinary projects as part of the inaugural Duke Science and Technology (DST) Launch Seed Grant Program. This year’s winners include faculty from multiple disciplines across campus and the School of Medicine who were selected out of 61 proposal finalists for initiating high-impact projects that could lead to additional external funding.  “The quality of innovative ideas our faculty have for advancing collaborative research projects continues to… read more about Meet the Winners of the 2022 DST Launch Seed Grants »

Paying tribute to Michiyo Fukaya, a mixed-race Asian American lesbian poet and feminist activist who died by suicide in 1987, this essay experiments with a reading practice that merges queer and feminist thought with poetics and autotheory. Throughout, the author interweaves details of Fukaya's life with their own, wading through Fukaya's writings to force attention onto the topics of sexual violence, anger, mental health, and U.S. imperialism. Fukaya— a contemporary of those who grace the pages of This Bridge Called My… read more about Anna Storti published “So, I turn inside: Overcome by the Unbearable, Seeing Myself in Michiyo Fukaya”  »

The Department of Gender, Sexuality & Feminist Studies will hold the first annual Black Feminist Theory Summer Institute on August 1–5. With the theme of “Black Life & Living,” the event for graduate students will bring together a cross-institution intellectual community of scholars to immerse themselves in the field of Black feminist theory. Seventh year Ph.D. candidate Julien Fischer — whose work focuses on transgender studies, feminist and queer theory, psychoanalysis and the history of medicine — is one of the… read more about New Summer Institute Focuses on Black Feminist Theory »

  THE WORLD CONTINUES TO NEED OCTAVIA E. BUTLER Everywhere we turn in the midst of unrelenting crises—the coronavirus pandemic, the ongoing twin pandemics of anti-Black and anti-Asian violence, ecological devastation, and the collapse of democracy—new projects and returns inspired by the writer and visionary Octavia E. Butler abound. read more about GSF Certificate Alumni Sasha Ann Panaram's article on Octavia E. Butler »

As of July 1, the Department of Gender, Sexuality & Feminist Studies will have a new chair: Jennifer C. Nash, the Jean Fox O'Barr Women's Studies Distinguished Professor.  After obtaining her J.D. from Harvard Law in 2004, Nash stayed in Cambridge to complete a Ph.D., studying African American studies as well as sociology. She finished in 2009, then spent a year as a postdoctoral fellow at the Columbia University Society of Fellows in the Humanities. She later held assistant professorships at The George Washington… read more about New Chair Aims to Bring GSF to the Forefront of Black Feminist Theory »

Laura Shelton and Martha Liliana Espinosa Tavares: Introduction to the Special Issue: Reproduction, Contraception, and Obstetrics in Modern Mexico.   This Special Issue elucidates how Mexican obstetricians, mothers, feminists, scientists, and politicians understood the intersections of reproduction and birth control with the politics of national identity and modernization over the course of a century.  read more about GSF certificate student Martha Espinosa has guest edited a special issue of the Journal of Women's History »

On April 29th, 2022 the Department of Gender, Sexuality and Feminist Studies proudly hosted the 2022 Senior Honors Research Presentations led by Director of Honors, Gabriel Rosenberg. Graduating students Katherine Gan, Tiana Horace, and Zadaiah Roye shared their year-long thesis projects in the East Duke Pink Parlor with a hybrid in-person and Zoom participant audience. The work of each student reflected their own identities, passions, and lifelong goals. The presentation was an incredible celebration of dedicated… read more about GSF 2022 Seniors Present Honors Research »

This article examines Laura Mulvey and Peter Wollen’s 1977 avantgarde essay film Riddles of the Sphinx as a cinematic text that makes the museum a site for imagining psychoanalytic feminism as a reparative reading practice. I argue that the film questions gender and race as ‘‘musealized’’ images that make predetermined essences present, and offers instead images of working through the damages of sexism and racism that erode the familiar poles of idealization and denigration. Focused on the psychic life of… read more about Kimberly Lamm's article on “Reading hieroglyphs behind glass: A glimpse of reparative feminism in Riddles of the Sphinx (1977)”  »

Students often start at Duke thinking they’ll study one thing before veering off in a completely different direction. Emma Cairns, a senior, is no exception.  When she started at Duke, Cairns saw herself majoring in Biomedical Engineering, but after taking a Writing 101 course on feminist rhetoric, she felt her loyalties wavering. She declared as a GSF major her sophomore year, but still felt like there was a piece missing from her academic endeavors.   Now, Cairns is about the become the first Duke student to graduate… read more about Senior Stories: Inaugural GGS Graduate Reflects on Her Time at Duke »