Roderick Ferguson to Discuss Interdisciplinarity at Williams College

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WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass., September 12, 2017—Roderick Ferguson, professor of African American Studies and Gender and Women’s Studies at the University of Illinois, Chicago (UIC), will speak at Williams College on Monday, Sept. 25. The event will take place at 4:15 p.m. in Griffin Hall, room 3. It is free and open to the public.

Ferguson’s talk will address interdisciplinary fields as occupying a contradictory history within the academy—as both the critics of the institution and its supplicants. Ferguson asks what conditions are necessary for increasing the critical possibilities of interdisciplinary fields.

Ferguson is the co-director of the Racialized Body research cluster at UIC. Prior to his appointment at UIC, he was professor of race and critical theory in the Department of American Studies at the University of Minnesota, serving as chair of the department from 2009 to 2012. In the fall of 2013, he was the Old Dominion Visiting Faculty for the Council of the Humanities and the Center for African American Studies at Princeton University.

From 2007 to 2010, Ferguson was associate editor of the American Studies Association’s flagship journal American Quarterly. He is the co-editor of the University of Minnesota Press series Difference Incorporated, as well as the co-editor of the anthology Strange Affinities: The Gender and Sexual Politics of Comparative Racialization (2011). He is the author of several books including We Demand: The University and Student Protests (2017), and The Reorder of Things: The University and Its Pedagogies of Minority Difference (2012), as well as articles on race, social theory, cultural formations, sexuality, and feminism. He is the president-elect for 2017/2018 of the American Studies Association.

This talk is sponsored by the following academic units: Africana Studies, American Studies, Latina and Latino Studies, Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, the Davis Center, and the Oakley Center for the Humanities and Social Sciences.

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