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.

Fatigue, Postdoctoral Fellowship Deadline is December 4, 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 November 19, 2014)

March 5-6: Exploring the Legacy of Louise Lamphere v. Brown University

Brown University Anthropology Department, 1970-71.Brown University Anthropology Department, 1970-71.To mark Brown’s 250th anniversary, the Pembroke Center will re-examine Louise Lamphere v. Brown University, the landmark class action case that in 1975 charged Brown with sex discrimination and set in motion a chain of events that changed the face of the university. Programs will include an exhibit in Pembroke Hall, a public roundtable hosted by President Christina H. Paxson with women who have been presidents of major universities, and an academic symposium exploring feminist change and the university.

(Distributed November 16, 2014)

Pembroke Center Student Research Grant Recipients

The Pembroke Center has awarded seven research grants to students pursuing honors theses and dissertations in a variety of fields, including:  Africana Studies, History, Modern Culture and Media, International Relations, Science and Technology Studies, Health and Human Biology, and American Studies.

Read detailed descriptions of the research projects here.

Student prizes to be awarded in MaySee nomination details here.

(Distributed November 15, 2014)

Inhuman Beauty: Baudelaire's Bad Sex

Elissa Marder, PhD

Professor of French and Comparative Literature
Emory University

Tuesday, November 18, 2014
5:00 p.m.

Pembroke Hall 305
172 Meeting Street

(Distributed November 10, 2014)

Breaking the Rules: Gender, Power, and Politics in the Films of Lars Von Trier

Friday, November 7, 2014, 10AM - 6 PM
Saturday, November 8, 2014, 9 AM - 1 PM

Pembroke Hall 305
172 Meeting Street, Providence

Lars von Trier's films – including Melancholia (2011) and Nymphomaniac (2014) – are unsettling, urgent, and often controversial. His films raise questions about gender and violence, the politics of the foreigner, the disabled and the immigrant, conditions of work in neoliberal economies, marriage, morality, and more. This conference aims not only to generate political commentary on von Trier's films, but also to use his films as an occasion to develop new work in political, literary, film, feminist, or critical theory. Towards this end, "Breaking the Rules" brings together scholars from all over the world with scholars at Brown who work at the intersections of classics, women's, gender, and sexuality studies, racial politics, religious studies, political science, philosophy, humanities and communications arts, and film and media studies. We invite you to join us in thinking about film as a political and aesthetic technology. This conference will feature scholars who have been invited to submit papers for a special issue of Theory & Event, an interdisciplinary journal with a reputation for cutting edge theoretical and political inquiry.

(Distributed October 27, 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 June 29, 2014)
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