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Announcing the First Annual Feminist Studies Lecture

March 20, 2019

We are pleased to announce the first annual feminist studies lecture, featuring Dr. Jennifer C. Nash on April 8, 2019.

"Love Letter from a Critic, or Notes on the Intersectionality Wars" follows the word "critic" around the black feminist archive, endeavoring to trace its myriad meanings by asking: Who are intersectionality's critics, and what precisely maks those scholars' works critical? Why has the term "critic" come to circulate and proliferate around intersectionality in recent years? Why are black feminists so deeply invested in exposing the "critic"? The talk explores the affective lure of the term critic, engaging how the term "critic" has become the centerpiece of the intersectionality wars that black feminism has found itself mired in, and asking how the constant invocation of the malicious critic as a pernicious outsider becomes a crucial strategy through which black feminists reassert their territorial hold on intersectionality.

Jennifer C. Nash is Associate Professor of African American Studies and Gender & Sexuality Studies at Northwestern University. She is the author of The Black Body in Ecstasy: Reading Race, Reading Pornography (Duke U Press 2014) and Black Feminism Reimagined: After Intersectionality (Duke U Press 2019), and the editor of Gender: Love (MacMillan 2016). She has published articles in journals including SignsFeminist Theory, GLQSocial Text, and Feminist Studies.

Made possible through the generous support of David Hartung and the Hawthorne Hartung Fund, the Institute for Advanced Study, and the Department of African American and African Studies.

The lecture is part of our 45th-anniversary celebration and is free and open to the public. Full details at