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Women in Theory – ASCA Reading Group

Organized by Nadia de Vries

This reading group focuses on scholarly texts produced by female-identified writers and thinkers. For each session, we will be reading texts from alternating areas of critical theory, based on the participants’ suggestions and interests, but especially outside the realm of gender studies, where the perspectives of female-identified theorists are already well-represented. The reading group aims to look beyond the usual texts pertaining to major theoretical frameworks, and consider the (often underrepresented) perspectives of non-male (and non-white) theorists. In addition to studying texts from “classic” strands of theory, such as poststructuralism and psychoanalysis, we also look forward to reading texts pertaining to more recent fields of inquiry, such as disability studies, the notion of precarity and “the good life,” and the Anthropocene. The reading group is geared towards ASCA PhD candidates, in particular, but of course ASCA researchers are welcome to join the sessions as well.

The reading group will meet once every two months, on Friday afternoon (exact dates for 2018-19 TBA). To register and/or receive additional information, please contact the reading group’s coordinator Nadia de Vries.