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 - Unmade Bed: In the Midst of Intimacy

What does it mean to think of "unmaking" as a figure for addressing matters of gender, sexuality, race, health, and embodiment? How does the aesthetic participate in modes of vanishing that paradoxically endure in their ephemerality?

This symposium reflects on the political force of being in the midst of intimacies that make and unmake our relationships with other persons and things.

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Friday, November 11, 2016
1:00-5:00 pm

Pembroke Hall 305, 172 Meeting Street

(Distributed November 4, 2016)

Family Weekend Event - Hawks and Doves: What's Gender Got to Do with It?

Are people who engage in physical aggression more likely to support aggressive foreign policy positions? Does gender play a role? 

Friday, October 21, 2016
4:00 PM

Pembroke Hall 305
172 Meeting Street, Providence

As the US presidential election approaches, Brown researchers are studying these and other questions about political and moral decision-making. Rose McDermott, Professor of Political Science and David and Marianna Fisher University Professor of International Relations, will talk with Suzanne Stewart-Steinberg P'19, Director of the Pembroke Center and Professor of Italian Studies and Comparative Literature, about McDermott's research on how gender and other issues of difference may influence political and social behavior. This Family Weekend event is sponsored by the Pembroke Center Associates.

(Distributed September 18, 2016)

Pembroke Research Lecture: Nudity and Protest

Tuesday, September 27, 2016, 5:30 pm

Pembroke Hall 305

Helen Morales
Argyropoulos Professor of Hellenic Studies
Department of  Classics
University of California, Santa Barbara

(Distributed September 18, 2016)

Jiangsu Broadcasting Corporation Interviews Pembroke Center Director for Documentary

Jiangsu Broadcasting Corporation, China's third largest television network, is making a documentary film about the Nanjing Massacre (1937-38). The filmmakers interviewed Suzanne Stewart-Steinberg, director of the Pembroke Center and professor of Italian Studies and Comparative Literature, for the film on August 18, 2016. Stewart-Steinberg discussed the Nanjing Massacre in the context of the Pembroke Center's four-year research project, Seeing War Differently, which she conceived while visiting the Nanjing Massacre Memorial Hall in Nanjing, China. The film will be broadcast in December of this year.

(Distributed August 22, 2016)

Visiting Scholar Chunfang Yi Concludes Successful Year at the Pembroke Center

Chungfang Yi teaches at Northwest University in China and is working on her Ph.D. at Nanjing University. She came to the Pembroke Center as a visiting scholar for the 2015-16 academic year, in part due to the Center's involvement with the Nanjing-Brown Joint Program in Gender Studies and the Humanities. Yi found the year at Brown to be essential to her development of the final theoretical formation for her dissertation, "Affect, Repetition, and the Self-Exiled Women in Edith Wharton's Later Novels."

Yi took part in the weekly Pembroke Seminar and said it, "opened her vision for her psychoanalytic study." She took numerous courses including: "Freud: Reader and Writer," with Suzanne Stewart-Steinberg, director of the Pembroke Center and professor of Italian Studies and Comparative Literature; "Faulker" with Arnold Weinstein, professor of Comparative Literature: and, "Introduction to Literary Theory" and "Repetition" with Susan Bernstein, professor of Comparative Literature and German Studies. Yi found the courses to be intellectually challenging and theoretically enriching. She also greatly enjoyed the lively academic atmosphere on campus. 

(Distributed August 15, 2016)
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