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.

Family Weekend Event: A Pivotal Moment for Women Worldwide

Pop star Beyoncé declares that girls "Run The World" and appears onstage with "Feminist" blazing in 40-foot-lights—but attacks on women's empowerment continue. Nancy Northup'81, P'16, president and CEO of the Center for Reproductive Rights, will discuss this moment of historic opportunities—and formidable challenges—women are facing today as the U.S. Supreme Court nears its next landmark case on women's rights and the United Nations establishes its next global development agenda. 

Please join the Pembroke Center Associates and Nancy Northup'81, P'16, president and CEO of the Center for Reproductive Rights, who will share her perspective from the front lines about what the future may hold. 

Friday, October 24, 2014, 4:00 p.m.

Pembroke Hall 305
172 Meeting Street

(Distributed July 1, 2014)

The Sexual Exploitation of Enslaved Men: Problems of Evidence and Interpretation

Thomas Foster
Professor and Chair of History
DePaul University

Tuesday, September 30, 2014, 2:00 pm
Pembroke Hall 003, 172 Meeting Street

The workshop will involve brief comments by Foster, then will function as a conversation among scholars interested in the theoretical, methodological, and political issues involved in undertaking such scholarship of historical recovery.

(Distributed June 1, 2014)

Aesthetics and the Question of Beauty

The 2014-15 Pembroke Research Seminar, led by Marc Redfield, Professor of English and Comparative Literature, focuses on "Aesthetics and the Question of Beauty".  The seminar explores the topic of the beautiful from many disciplinary and discursive perspectives.

(Distributed May 31, 2014)


The 2015-16 Pembroke Research Seminar will be lead by Joan Copjec, Professor of Modern Culture and Media.  The seminar will explore the historical emergence of fatigue across a number of fields: military history; psychoanalysis; philosophy; neuroscience; social and political theory and history; art, film, and literature; capitalist ideology. Postdoctoral Fellowship applications are now being accepted.  Apply now. 

(Distributed May 31, 2014)

Symposium: The Colonial Archive

Second in a series of annual events organized by the Pembroke Center’s Feminist Theory Archive, the Colonial Archive Symposium is dedicated to the question of the relationship between colonialism and the order of knowledge.

Friday, September 19, 2014
2:00 - 5:30 p.m.
Pembroke Hall, 305
172 Meeting Street  

Ruth Ben-Ghiat (New York University)
Natalie Zemon Davis (University of Toronto)
Nupur Mathur  (Artist/Researcher)
Bathsheba Okwenje, (Artist/Researcher)
Itohan Osayimwese (Brown University)
Elisa Giardina Papa (Brown University/RISD)
Ann Laura Stoler (New School)

(Distributed May 30, 2014)
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