The Humanities Institute

Founded in 1986, the Humanities Institute presents a thematic program each semester pursuing a topic related to the humanities. As part of Scripps’ tradition of interdisciplinary education, these programs include conferences, lectures, exhibitions, and film series that bring together prominent and younger cutting-edge scholars.

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Latest Program: Feminisms and the Radical Imagination

In spring 2014 the Humanities Institute explores multiple feminist narratives and trajectories, addressing the intersections of gender, ethnicity, race, power, and social justice within and beyond the academy.

We live in a society where challenges to affirmative action continue 90 years after the Equal Rights Amendment was first introduced, where contentious legislation about reproductive rights dominates headlines, where, as Ruth Wilson Gilmore expressed, “fatal couplings of power and difference” translate into economic and social disparities experienced by women across the globe. In a political and intellectual climate infused with debates about race, class, and power, the need for critical conversations about feminist scholarship is clear and urgent.

What individual and collective strategies shape the political imagination and practical work of women mobilizing for social justice? How do the underlying dynamics of capitalism, settler colonialism, decolonization, and empire building converge to inform and constrain gender politics? How do feminisms translate or not translate across borders of North and South? How are synergistic interactions among inequities and marginalizations grounded in the lived experience of contemporary women? And how does a lack of academic diversity re-inscribe existing power structures? These questions (among others) invite opportunities to discuss, challenge, upend, and re-envision scholarship about feminisms, and gender and sexuality rights in relation to social justice.

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The current series of programming is over for now, but please check back next semester for more information — or learn more about our recent event by reviewing the full list of events!