Research Lectures and Conferences

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November 18, 2014


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September 30, 2014

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September 19, 2014

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.














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December 5, 2013


Sponsored by the Pembroke Center seed grant program. 

November 19, 2013


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October 23, 2012

April 30, 2012

March 20, 2012

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February 8, 2012

February 1, 2012

January 25, 2012

November 5, 2011

October 5, 2011

May 3, 2011

April 29, 2011

April 14, 2011

April 6, 2011

November 23, 2010

November 4, 2010

October 7, 2010

September 28, 2010

The Gender and Sexuality Studies Annual Lecture
Professor Lynne Joyrich, Modern Culture and Media

"Media Madness: Multiple Identity (Dis)Orders in MADMEN"

June 10-16, 2010

Hosted by the Pembroke Center, a delegation of scholars from Nanjing University visited Brown University to offer a symposium, "Modern China from Socio-economic and Transcultural Perspectives", and to collaborate with Brown faculty and students.

April 20, 2010

Pembroke Seminar Research Lecture: "When Experiments Travel"

Adriana Petryna
Associate Professor of Anthropology
University of Pennsylvania

5:00 pm, Pembroke Hall, Room 305
Reception immediately following

The outsourcing and offshoring of clinical trials have sparked an unprecedented global field of experimental activity. This lecture addresses the scientific and regulatory mechanisms by which a field of experimentality takes form. It charts a clinical trials industry and its move to low- and middle-income countries (particularly in eastern Europe and Brazil). This enterprise molds itself to international and national regulatory norms, but the recognition of adverse risks is often deferred or engineered out. The lecture explores policy gaps with respect to how benefits and liabilities of this enterprise are weighed as well as emergent practices of accountability.

Co-sponsored by the Marshall Woods Lectureship and the Department of Anthropology

March 2, 2010

Pembroke Seminar Research Lecture: "Of Words and Wounds.
The Thin Evidence of Asylum Seekers"

Didier Fassin
James D. Wolfensohn Professor
School of Social Science
Institute for Advanced Study

5:00 pm, Pembroke Hall, Room 305
Reception immediately following

Once considered an honorable condition reflecting persecution or resistance under the 1951 Geneva Convention, in recent decades the status of “refugee” has been discredited throughout the world. Particularly in Europe, immigration and asylum policies have been merged to better control the transnational movement of asylum seekers. Their words and narratives have been systematically devalorized, and evidence has been demanded of bodily and psychological traces of violence. Scars and trauma have become effective but fragile proof. Based on ethnographic research conducted in medical and psychological organizations helping asylum seekers and in the National Court for Asylum in France, this lecture will present and discuss this reconfiguration of regimes of truth.

Co-sponsored by the Marshall Woods Lectureship and the Department of Anthropology

February 5, 2010

A colloquium on the occasion of the dedication of the Feminist Theory Papers

Crystal Room, Alumnae Hall
194 Meeting Street, Providence, Rhode Island

Read about the discussion on the Feminist Theory Papers blog.


Alexander Galloway
Associate Professor

Department of Media, Culture, and Communication 
New York University

Dorothy Yin-Ye Ko

Department of History 
Barnard College, Columbia University

Joan Wallach Scott
Harold F. Linder Professor

School of Social Science 
Institute for Advanced Study

Marlene Manoff
Associate Head/ 
Collection Manager

Humanities Library 
Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Hope Olson
Professor and 
Associate Dean

School of Information Studies
University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

Kelvin L. White
Assistant Professor

School of Library and Information Studies 
University of Oklahoma

Click here to see the program from the February 5th dedication of the Feminist Theory Papers.

October 13, 2009

Pembroke Seminar Research Lecture
5:00 pm
Pembroke Hall, Room 305

Jean Comaroff
Sunny Distinguished Service Professor
Director, Chicago Center for Contemporary Theory
University of Chicago

"Nations With/out Borders: Liberalization and the Problem of Belonging in Africa and Beyond"

Received models of society and politics have undergone drastic revision in the West. The image is fading of an organic society in which divisions of class and culture were contained within national boundaries; in which uncivil or criminal classes were believed, by means of welfare and moral reform, to be recoverable "citizens-in-waiting." On the rise is a different model of national territory as embattled homeland; of borders as elusive lines to be redrawn against the onslaught of enemies -- aliens, migrants, terrorists, home grown saboteurs, felons, the indigent poor -- who threaten the citadel state's moral and physical integrity.With special reference to new forms of politics and citizenship in post-apartheid South Africa, this lecture explores why immigrant aliens have become the standardized nightmare of those seeking to "imagine community" under these conditions, and how nature comes to serve as the basis for conjuring new senses of belonging.

Reception immediately following 
Free and open to the public

Co-sponsored by the Marshall Woods Lectureship, International Affairs,
Watson Institute, and the Department of Anthropology

April 10, 2009

A colloquium in celebration of the twentieth anniversary of differences.

April 7, 2009 

Pembroke Seminar Research Lecture

"The Naturalistic Fallacy Revisited "
Lorraine Daston 
Lorraine Daston is the Director and Professor at the Max 
Planck Institute for the History of Science in Berlin, Germany 

5:00 pm
Pembroke Hall, Room 305

Reception immediately following

Co-sponsored by the Marshall Woods Lectureship

March 17, 2009 

Pembroke Seminar Research Lecture

"Alien Ocean: Life at Sea "
Stefan Helmreich 
Associate Professor of Anthropology

4:00 pm
MacMillan Hall, Room 115

Co-sponsored by the Marshall Woods Lectureship,
the Committee on Science and Technology Studies, 
and members of the Anthropology Dept.

February 10, 2009 

Pembroke Seminar Research Lecture
"The Surrealist Microscope"
Ursula K. Heise
5:00 pm
Crystal Room, Alumnae Hall, 194 Meeting St.
Public reception will follow the lecture.

Ursula Heise, Associate Professor of English at Stanford University, is also the Director of the Program in Modern Thought & Literature, a member of the Executive Committee of the Program in Science, Technology & Society, and of the Woods Institute for the Environment. She specializes in contemporary American and European literature and literary theory; her fields of interest are theories of modernization, postmodernization and globalization, ecology and ecocriticism, literature and science, narrative theory, science fiction, and media theory.

She has published articles on contemporary authors from the US, Latin America and Western Europe, and is the author of Chronoschisms: Time, Narrative, Postmodernism (Cambridge University Press, 1997) and Sense of Place and Sense of Planet: The Environmental Imagination of the Global (Oxford University Press, 2008). She is currently working on a book entitled The Avantgarde and the Forms of Nature, about the role of biological form in works of the European, Latin American and North American avantgardes of the twentieth century.

October 25, 2008

Gender Studies – Rethinking the Past, Imagining the Future: 
A Conference in Honor of Louise Lamphere

This conference honored anthropologist Louise Lamphere and her major gift to Brown University in support of Gender Studies teaching and research in cross-cultural and transnational perspectives. The history of this gift is fascinating because Lamphere, now a distinguished Professor of Anthropology at the University of New Mexico, was a pioneer in early feminist scholarship and a junior faculty member in the Brown Anthropology Department in the 1970s. After being denied tenure, Lamphere became the lead plantiff in a class action suit against the University for sex discrimination. The suit was settled by a consent decree in 1977 that mandated goals and timetables for the hiring and tenuring of women faculty. Over the years, the conditions of the consent decree resulted in many more women scholars joining the Brown faculty. This story of gender studies scholarship and activism comes full circle with Lamphere's ground breaking gift to support visiting junior faculty appointments at Brown. The celebratory conference served as an opportunity to rethink the history of feminist scholarship in the 1970s and 1980s, to examine changing research paradigms in the present, and to hear about new lines of research by younger scholars and the promise of cross-generational collaborations.

April 30, 2008

Hannah Arendt Lecture Series

Lyndsey Jane Stonebridge 
Professor of Literature and Critical Theory 
University of East Anglia

"Judging in a Lawless World: Hannah Arendt and the Eichmann Trial"

5:00 pm, Crystal Room, Alumnae Hall

Public reception will follow 

Lyndsey Stonebridge’s research is on the inter-relations between literature, psychoanalysis and history. Her most recent publications, The Writing of Anxiety and Fiction after Modernism (edited with Marina MacKay), are concerned with the legacies of wartime in mid twentieth-century culture. She is currently working on a new book on writing about war crime trials (Law Writing: Fiction after Nuremberg). Lyndsey Stonebridge is also the one of the co-organisers of W.G. Sebald: In Memoriam, an Interdisciplinary Conference, to be held at University of East Anglia, September 5-7, 2008.

April 3, 2008

Pembroke Seminar Research Videoconference

John Forrester
Department of History and Philosophy of Science
University of Cambridge

"Women and the Reception of Psychoanalysis in Cambridge in the Early Twentieth Century"

CIT Room 269
115 Waterman Street

John Forrester is Professor in the Department of History and Philosophy of Science at the University of Cambridge. He is the author of numerous books and articles on psychoanalysis, including Truth Games: Lies, Money, and PsychoanalysisDispatches from the Freud Wars: Psychoanalysis and Its Passions; and The Seductions of Psychoanalysis: Freud, Lacan and Derrida. 

March 7, 2008

Gender and the Politics of "Traditional" Muslim Practices

9:00 am - 6:30 pm
Crystal Room, Alumnae Hall 

In cases where Muslim women and girls are seen as needing to be rescued and advocacy seems imperative—as with honor crimes, female circumcision, early marriage—structural analyses of issues apart from gender can fall away, thus producing little new knowledge and reinforcing stereotypes of Muslim backwardness versus Western modernity. The participants in this conference will look at alternative ways to view so-called “traditional” Muslim practices. They will look at instances where everything from local politics to transnational economics might contribute to a given practice, and where the political, the socio-economic, or the cultural might be the mostimportant factors to consider.

December 4, 2007

Pembroke Seminar Research Lecture

Judith Guss Teicholz

"A Strange Convergence: Postmodern 
Theory, Infant Research, & Psychoanalysis"

5:30 pm, Crystal Room, Alumnae Hall

Public reception will follow

Judith Teicholz is a Supervising Analyst and Faculty member at the Massachusetts Institute for Psychoanalysis (MIP), and on the adjunct faculty of the Boston Psychoanalytic Society and Institute. She is the author of Kohut, Loewald, and the Postmoderns (1999) and co-editor of Trauma, Repetition, and Affect Regulation (1998) 

October 9, 2007

Pembroke Seminar Research Lecture

Arnold H. Modell

"Identity and the Selection of Value"

5:00 pm, Crystal Room, Alumnae Hall

Public reception will follow

Arnold Modell is Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School. He is the author of "The Private Self" (Harvard University Press), and "Imagination and the Meaningful Brain" (MIT Press)