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.

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 July 7, 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)

Aesthetics and the Question of Beauty

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

(Distributed May 28, 2014)

2014-15 Seed Grant Recipients

The Pembroke Center awarded four seed grants to faculty research teams pursuing transnational collaborative research.

Funded projects:

  • Andean Project
  • Black Women at the Grassroots of Politics in Jamaica
  • Breaking the Rules: Gender, Power, and Politics in the Films of Lars von Trier
  • Writing the Undercommons

Read more about the research projects and teams.

(Distributed May 27, 2014)

Congratulations to the Class of 2014

Graduates from the Gender and Sexuality Studies Concentration

Theresa M. Boyer, Katie A. Brennan, Sara D. David, Alissa S. Gold*,Hannah K. Jones, Natalia C. Maymi, Darcy J. Pinkerton, Eliza A. Reynolds, Sophia Seawell, Lindsay M. Sovern, Noelle E. Spencer

* Degree in Women's Studies

(Distributed May 26, 2014)

Covering the Bases: Brown Women in Sports

Commencement Forum
Saturday, May 24, 2014, 11:00 a.m.
List Auditorium, 64 College Street, Providence

Sports matter. Playing sports can improve health, earn college scholarships, and launch professional careers. What is being done to create a level playing field for student and professional athletes? What are the challenges and opportunities for women athletes competing at the student, amateur, and professional levels? Brown alumnae discuss their personal and professional experiences as leaders, researchers, and competitors in sports. Watch the video.

(Distributed March 22, 2014)

First Class: The Legacy of Dunbar, America’s First Black Public High School

A discussion with the author, Alison Stewart' 88

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

6:30 p.m.
Hosted by Jean Howard ‘70
Upper West Side, New York, NY

Journalist Alison Stewart ’88 will talk about her book, First Class: The Legacy of Dunbar, America’s First Black Public High School. In the first half of the twentieth century, Washington D.C.’s Dunbar High was an academically elite public school, despite being racially segregated by law and existing at the mercy of racist congressmen who held the school’s purse strings. The school’s well-educated teachers developed generations of high-achieving African Americans, groundbreakers that included the first black member of a presidential cabinet, the first black graduate of the US Naval Academy and the legal mastermind behind school desegregation. Join us as Alison Stewart shares the past, present, and future of this historic institution.

(Distributed March 21, 2014)
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