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.

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)

Gender and Sexuality Studies Open House

Monday, November 3, 2014

4:30 - 6:00 PM
Pembroke Hall, 1st Floor
172 Meeting Street

An excellent opportunity for interested undergraduates to speak with professors and current concentrators to learn more about the concentration and course offerings. 

(Distributed June 28, 2014)

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 June 5, 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)
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