2024 Feminist Political Theory Summer School

The University Center for Human Values invites applications for the 2024 Women of Color Feminist Political Theory Summer School, focused on the theme "Black Feminism: With, Without and Beyond Consent" and envisioned as a dialogue between scholars in the discipline of political theory regarding consent and groundbreaking Black feminist scholars of history, law, media and popular culture. The summer school will take place July 22-26, 2024 at Princeton University.

Each morning presenters will facilitate a seminar focusing on their work, and each afternoon they will participate in a conversation with another scholar regarding their work.

We welcome applications from Princeton graduate students and postdoctoral fellows. Twenty-five participants will be selected. Meals will be provided. All relevant reading materials will be provided by the University Center for Human Values prior to the workshop. Although the topic and focus of the workshop may be especially relevant to those whose research centers on women of color, all are welcome to apply. Applications are due May 31, 2024. 

Link to application

The 2024 Women of Color Feminist Political Theory Summer School is directed by Shatema Threadcraft, a Laurance S. Rockefeller Visiting Faculty Fellow.

Women at conference

Speakers

Background of 2024 Summer School

In January 2023, Shatema Threadcraft and Sophie Smith convened the Gender, Race and Political Theory Project at the University of Oxford. They brought together established and emerging scholars working at the intersection of gender and race in the discipline of political theory. They wanted to highlight the work being done to transform and expand the discipline of political theory. Threadcraft and Smith convened scholars who have done pioneering work on the political theory of Frederick Douglass, Harriet Jacobs, Domingo Sarmiento, Ida B. Wells, W.E.B. Du Bois, José Vasconcelos, James Baldwin, Hannah Arendt, Toni Morrison and Saidiya Hartman, on hemispheric political thought, as well as Black and Indigenous-led social movements, including the Movements for Black Lives across the Americas. 

The program included a book manuscript workshop in which Bonnie Honig (Nancy Duke Lewis Professor of Modern Culture and Media and Political Science at Brown University), Juliet Hooker (Royce Family Professor of Teaching Excellence in Political Science at Brown University), Lawrie Balfour (James Hart Professor of Politics at the University of Virginia and John Gilbert Winant Visiting Professorship in American Government, University of Oxford), Deva Woodly (Professor of Political Science Brown University), Lois McNay (Professor of Theory of Politics, DPIR Fellow, Somerville College, Oxford), Brooke Ackerly (Professor of Political Science, Vanderbilt University) and graduate students gave comments on Threadcraft’s manuscript, The Labors of Resurrection: Black Women, Necromancy and Morrisonian Democracy. It also included a workshop on “New Directions in Political Theory: Race, Gender and Social Movements,” featuring Hooker, Woodly, Balfour, Smith and Threadcraft, a workshop for graduate students with Oxford University Press editor Angela Chnapko. Honig was also kind enough to visit McNay and Morefield’s MPhil Seminar.  

The 2024 Women of Color Feminist Political Theory Summer School at Princeton plans to build on the success of the 2023 endeavor.