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Disciplinary Matters: Black Studies, Women’s Studies, and the Neoliberal University

Date and Time: 
Monday, November 18, 2019. 06:00 PM - 08:00 PM
Meeting Location: 
Humanities Center Boardroom
Workshop: 
Feminist/Queer Colloquium
Meeting Description: 

Nick Mitchell trained in critical theory, black radical thought, and feminist theory at the University of California, Santa Cruz, where he received a PhD in history of consciousness with an emphasis in feminist studies and served as a founding coordinator of the Black Cultural Studies Research Cluster and the Critical Race and Ethnic Studies Graduate Collective. His research and teaching explore the social arrangements of knowledge and the ways that knowledge and its institutional practices arrange social worlds.

Currently, he is at work on a book, Disciplinary Matters: Black Studies, Women’s Studies, and the Neoliberal University (forthcoming, Duke University Press), that places the institutional projects of black studies and women’s studies not at the margins but the heart of the consolidation of the post-Civil Rights U.S. university.  Examining the historical emergence of black studies and women’s studies as knowledge formations in their own right, and as sites to which the university has turned in order to manage and negotiate the social upheavals consequent to the mass admission of black (and) women students in the late 1960s, Disciplinary Matters aims to rethink what it means—and where we turn—to approach the university itself as an object of knowledge. Mitchell will present on this project at the Stanford Humanities Center Feminist and Queer Colloquium on November 18, 2019.

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