First Annual Black Feminist Theory Summer Institute

August 1-5, 2022

Life. Living. Alive.

Duke University
Department of Gender, Sexuality, and Feminist Studies Convener: Jennifer C. Nash

The Department of Gender, Sexuality, and Feminist Studies at Duke University invites applications from graduate students (MA, MFA, and/or PhD-track) for a five-day Black Feminist Theory Summer Institute. The institute will focus on interdisciplinary Black feminist scholarship that attends to Black life and living. Graduate students will have the opportunity to engage closely with prominent scholars. Students will also be invited to share their scholarly work in fifteen-minute presentations. Keeping with the theme of sustaining life, we will work to produce a cross-institution community of scholars working in the field of Black feminist theory.

Institute Faculty:

La Marr Jurelle Bruce (University of Maryland)
Sarah Jane Cervenak (University of North Carolina, Greensboro) Sharon Holland (University of North Carolina)
LaMonda Horton-Stallings (Georgetown University)
Justin Mann (Northwestern University)
Emily Owens (Brown University)
Kevin Quashie (Brown University)
Samantha Pinto (University of Texas, Austin)

Application Process:

Twenty participants will be accepted into the Black Feminist Theory Summer Institute, ten
from Duke University and ten from other colleges and universities. We welcome applications from all graduate students with an interest in Black feminist theory, broadly defined. To apply, submit your CV, a 1,000-word description of your research interests, and a brief statement of how the Summer Institute will benefit your work. Please list one reference and their contact information (reference letters are not required). Assemble this into one PDF document and send it to: The due date for applications is December 30, 2021. Successful applicants will be notified by January 21, 2022.

Details of Participation:

Participants from institutions outside the Durham area will arrive on July 31, 2022 and depart on August 6, 2022. Lodging is provided free of charge for out-of-town students from Sunday to Saturday. Each out-of-town participant will receive $350 toward travel expenses, and ground transportation from airport to lodging is provided. All participants will be provided with breakfast and lunch from Monday to Friday, and we will have a collective dinner on Thursday evening.

The academic sessions begin on the morning of Monday, August 1st and end in the afternoon on Friday, August 5th. Sessions run from approximately 9:00 am to 3:30 pm. All participants are expected to be on time, to attend all sessions, and to complete assigned readings.


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