Click here to watch the video of Institute for Women's Leadership Director Alison Bernstein, and Brown University President Ruth Simmons, "Critical Visionaries: Women Leaders and Institution Building," recorded during the Pembroke Center's 30th Anniversary Celebration.
Nancy L. Buc'65, LLD '94 hon., Marie Langlois'64, LLD'92 hon., Bernicestine McLeod Bailey'68, P'99, P'03, President Ruth Simmons at the Center's 30th Anniversary Celebration.
Elizabeth Munves Sherman'77, P'06, P'09, David Sherman'79, P'06, P'09, and President Simmons shortly before Liz Sherman was honored by the Pembroke Center for her leadership of the successful Pembroke Challenge.
Pembroke Center Director Kay Warren, Institute for Women's Leadership Director Alison Bernstein, and Brown University President Ruth Simmons during the discussion, "Critical Visionaries: Women Leaders and Institution Building."
Pembroke Center 30th Anniversary Conference, "Theory on the Move: Three Decades of Critical Feminist Thinking."
Pembroke Center 2011-12 postdoctoral fellows: Joseph Fischel, Crystal Biruk, and Poulomi Saha.
Former directors of the Pembroke Center discuss the evolution of the Center and its research.
"Questioning Borders" conference panelists: Afsaneh Najmabadi, Thangam Ravindranathan (moderator), Jenny Sharpe, and Anne Norton
"Theoretical Turns across Disciplines" conference panelists: Debbie Weinstein (moderator), Sylvia Schafer, Charlie Shepherdson, and Lisa Cartwright
"Logics of Perception" conference panelists: Sharika Thiranagama, Sandy Alexandre, Margherita Long, and Tim Bewes (moderator)
Photos by Hank Randall
THEORY ON THE MOVE: THREE DECADES OF CRITICAL FEMINIST THINKING
Saturday, November 5th, 2011
Pembroke Hall, 172 Meeting Street, Providence, RI
9 am — WELCOME
9:15 am – 10: 45 am — QUESTIONING BORDERS
Anne Norton, Political Science, University of Pennsylvania
“The Edges of Power”
Jenny Sharpe, English and Women's Studies, University of California – Los Angeles
“The Creative Function of Difference in Postcolonial Feminist Theory”
Afsaneh Najmabadi, History and Studies of Women, Gender and Sexuality, Harvard University
“Histories of Our Presents? Or: Without a Place to Rest the Sole of My Foot – II”
Moderator: Thangam Ravindranathan, French Studies, Brown University
11 am – 12:30 pm — THEORETICAL TURNS ACROSS THE DISCIPLINES
Lisa Cartwright, Communication and Science Studies, University of California – San Diego
“Feminist Theory in the Science and Technology Studies (STS)-Visual Culture Matrix”
Sylvia Schafer, History, University of Connecticut
“Still Turning: Language, ‘Theory’ and History's Fascination with the New”
Charles Shepherdson, English, State University of New York – Albany
“Esthetics and Emotion: A Genealogy”
Moderator: Debbie Weinstein, Gender and Sexuality Studies, Assistant Director of the Pembroke Center, Brown University
12:45 pm – 2:45 pm — LUNCHEON DISCUSSION WITH FORMER DIRECTORS
Joan Wallach Scott, Institute for Advanced Study
Karen Newman, Brown University
Ellen Rooney, Brown University
Elizabeth Weed, Brown University
Moderator: Kay Warren, Anthropology, Pembroke Center Director
Kindly RSVP to Pembroke_Center@brown.edu or (401) 863-3433 if you plan to join us for the luncheon.
3:00 pm – 4:30 pm — LOGICS OF PERCEPTION
Margherita Long, Comparative Literature, University of California – Riverside
“Freud, Fukushima, Fiction, Fantasy, Fatigue”
Sharika Thiranagama, Anthropology, Stanford University and The New School for Social Research
“Tropes and the Tropics: Female Militancy and Gender Transformation”
Sandy Alexandre, Literature, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
“Can Scholarship Grow on Trees?: Thinking Ecologically through Black Culture’s Eco-Logics
Moderator: Timothy Bewes, English, Brown University
4:45 pm – 5:45 pm — OPEN DISCUSSION: ENGAGING THEORY ON THE MOVE
Suzanne Stewart-Steinberg, Italian Studies and Comparative Literature, Chesler-Mallow Senior Faculty Fellow, Leader of this year's Pembroke Seminar, "The Question of Consent"
Crystal Biruk, Nancy L. Buc Postdoctoral Fellow
Joseph Fischel, Carol G. Lederer Postdoctoral Fellow
Poulomi Saha, Artemis A.W. and Martha Joukowsky Postdoctoral Fellow
5:45 pm — CLOSING RECEPTION
Our conference features scholars who spent time early in their careers with the Pembroke Center as postdoctoral fellows (year in residence noted):
- Anne Norton (1982-83), Political Science, University of Pennsylvania
- Jenny Sharpe (1987-88), English and Women's Studies, University of California – Los Angeles
- Afsaneh Najmabadi (1988-89), History and Studies of Women, Gender and Sexuality, Harvard University
- Lisa Cartwright (1991-92), Communication and Science Studies, University of California – San Diego
- Sylvia Schafer (1993-94), History, University of Connecticut
- Charles Shepherdson (1996-97), English, State University of New York – Albany
- Margherita Long (2000-01), Comparative Literature, University of California – Riverside
- Sharika Thiranagama (2005-06), Anthropology, The New School for Social Research
- Sandy Alexandre (2008-09), Literature, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
The Pembroke Center thanks our generous cosponsors:
Anthropology, Cogut Center for the Humanities, Comparative Literature, English, History, History of Art and Architecture, Modern Culture and Media, Office of International Affairs, Philosophy, Political Science, Religious Studies, Sarah Doyle Women's Center, Science and Technology Studies, Theater Arts and Performance Studies