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Wishful Thinking

RobynWiegman2012Robyn Wiegman, Professor of Literature and Women's Studies, Duke University

  • Monday 3 December 2012
  • 6.30pm - 8.00pm
  • Wolfson Theatre, New Academic Building, LSE
  • With remarks from Chair Professor Jackie Stacey (Feminist Theory Journal) and Professor Clare Hemmings (LSE)

The Feminist Theory Journal Annual Lecture, co-hosted by the LSE Gender Institute, with support from LSE Sticerd

Twitter Hashtag: #LSEwiegman

Attendees must pre-register for this event.


Widely known for her studied reflections on academic feminism, Robyn Wiegman turns her attention in this talk to the idioms, affects, and temporalities of feminist theory—-a genre of writing and interpretation that many feminist scholars take as the defining feature of Women's Studies as a field.  By shifting the well worn question, “what do women want?” to consider instead the wishes that feminist theory enables and sustains, Wiegman explores the pedagogical challenges and political ambitions of feminist theory today.


Robyn Wiegman is Professor of Literature and Women’s Studies at Duke University, and former director of Women’s Studies at both Duke and UC-Irvine.   Her latest book, Object Lessons (2012), explores the political desire that organizes identity knowledge domains.  She has also published American Anatomies: Theorizing Race and Gender (1995), and a series of edited collections, including The Futures of American Studies (2002), and Women's Studies on Its Own (2002).  She is currently working on two projects: Without Guarantee: Feminism's Academic Itineraries, and Arguments Worth Having: Race, Theory, Culture.

Feminist Theory Journal

Feminist Theory is an international peer reviewed journal that provides a forum for critical analysis and constructive debate within feminism. Feminist Theory is genuinely interdisciplinary and reflects the diversity of feminism, incorporating perspectives from across the broad spectrum of the humanities and social sciences and the full range of feminist political and theoretical stances.


Registration for this event is now closed.

The event is over-subscribed, but non-ticket holders are welcome to come to the venue and sign up as a 'non-ticket holder'. Five minutes before the lecture begins, any unclaimed seats will be allocated on a first come, first serve basis.