Pembroke Center

The Pembroke Center at Brown University is an interdisciplinary research center that fosters critical scholarship on questions of gender and difference, broadly defined, in national and transnational contexts.

Seizing the Means of Reproduction

Friday, February 19, 2016
Opening remarks: 9:45 am, First Panel: 10:00 am
Pembroke Hall 305

One Day Conference Featuring:
Mimi Abramovitz, Aren Z. Aizura, Silvia Federici, Selma James, Sara Clarke Caplan, Premilla Nadasen, Frances Fox Piven, Neferti X.M. Tadiar, Kati Weeks, and Soyoung Yoon (Pembroke Center Postdoctoral Fellow).

More information here.

(Distributed January 18, 2016)

Film screening of "Jeanne Dielman, 23 quai du Commerce, 1080 Bruxelles"

a film by Chantal Akerman

Remarks by
Ivone Margulies
Associate Professor, Film and Media Studies
Hunter College, CUNY

Tuesday, March 1, 2016
6:30 pm

List Arts Center Auditorium, Room 120

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Photo credit: "16mm film reel (6498649123)" by DRs Kulturarvsprojekt from Copenhagen, Danmark - 16mm film reel. Licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0 via Commons

(Distributed January 17, 2016)

Black Feminism, Popular Culture and Respectability Politics

The Annual Elizabeth Munves Sherman'77, P'06, P'09 Lecture in Gender and Sexuality Studies

Wednesday, March 16, 2016
5:30 pm
Pembroke Hall 305
172 Meeting Street, Providence

Tricia Rose
Professor of Africana Studies and
Director of the Center for Race and Ethnicity in America
Brown University

Photo Credit: © Richard Howard Photography

(Distributed January 16, 2016)

Pembroke Research Lecture, Universal Exhaustion

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Alberto Toscano
Reader in Critical Theory
Co-director
Centre for Philosophy and Critical Thought
Department of  Sociology
Goldsmiths, University of London


Pembroke Hall 305

5:30 pm

(Distributed January 15, 2016)

A Reading by Christina Crosby, Ph.D.’82 from her memoir, "A Body, Undone: Living on after Great Pain"

Wednesday, April 6, 2016
5:30 pm reception; 6:00 pm reading

Pembroke Hall 305
172 Meeting Street, Providence

Christina Crosby received her PhD in English from Brown University in 1982, and has worked at Wesleyan University since 1982, where she is Professor of English and Feminist, Gender, and Sexuality Studies. Her subfields are Victorian studies and Feminist Studies.  She has published The Ends of History: Victorians and the 'Woman Question' and essays and reviews in Victorian Studies, PMLA, College English, and elsewhere. A Body, Undone: Living on after Great Pain, published in March 2016 by NYU Press, explores living with a spinal cord injury, drawing on feminist theories of embodiment, queer phenomenology, and critical disability studies.

(Distributed January 14, 2016)

An Evening with Award-Winning Playwright Sarah Ruhl ’97, MFA’01

Hosted by Victoria Westhead ’83, P’17, P’19, Pembroke Center Associates Council Vice-Chair 

Tuesday, April 26, 2016
6:30 pm
Brooklyn Heights, NY

Sarah Ruhl's plays include In the Next Room, or the vibrator play (Pulitzer Prize finalist, Tony Award nominee for best new play), The Clean House (Pulitzer Prize Finalist, 2005; The Susan Smith Blackburn Prize, 2004); Passion Play, a cycle (Pen American award, The Fourth Freedom Forum Playwriting Award from The Kennedy Center); Dead Man’s Cell Phone (Helen Hayes award); Melancholy Play; Eurydice; Orlando, Demeter in the City (NAACP nomination), Late: a cowboy song, Three Sisters, and most recently, Stage Kiss and Dear Elizabeth. She is also the author of 100 Essays I Don't Have Time to Write: On Umbrellas and Sword Fights, Parades and Dogs, Fire Alarms, Children, and Theater, which was selected as one of the "100 Notable Books of 2014" by the New York Times.

(Distributed January 13, 2016)

New Graduate Course: GNSS 2000 - Method, Evidence, Critique: Gender and Sexuality Studies across the Disciplines

Meets Tuesdays, 4:00-6:30 PM
Pembroke Hall 206
Instructor: Denise Davis

Gender and Sexuality Studies is by its very nature transdisciplinary. Can we speak of a single methodology that ties GNSS together? How might scholars work on gender and/or sexuality while respecting disciplinary boundaries and training? We will start with the premise that studies in gender and sexuality are tied together by critique that questions foundational assumptions and takes account of its own position within a given field of knowledge. By studying canonical theoretical texts alongside disciplinary studies characterized by a feminist and/or queer focus, we will investigate how critique operates and how standards of evidence are marshaled in particular disciplines. See Banner listing here.

(Distributed January 13, 2016)
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