At the heart of the Center's research agenda is a questioning of what counts as foundational knowledge in a given discipline. This questioning of the production of knowledge is related, in turn, to the challenges that studies of "difference" present to the academy--gender studies; studies of race, ethnicity, multiculturalism; cross-cultural and postcolonial studies.
Scholars affiliated with the Center look to the complex ways "differences" are produced culturally, socially, epistemologically: sexual and gender differences, the differences that are fundamental to the categories of "race" and ethnicity, nationality, religion, and so forth. It is there, at the intersection of the production of knowledge and articulations of "difference," that the Pembroke Center locates its research and teaching.
The Center houses a unique array of programs and institutions:
- The Pembroke Seminar, a year-long advanced research seminar
- Conferences and lectures
- International collaborative projects
- Postdoctoral fellowships
- Grants and fellowships for Brown faculty and students
- The undergraduate concentration in Gender and Sexuality Studies
- The journal, differences
- Archives dedicated to feminist scholarship and women of Brown and Rhode Island
- The Pembroke Center Associates alumnae/i organization