Swarthmore College
Roderick Ferguson and Kandice Chuh in conversation on Gender & Sexuality Studies
Friday, March 1, 4:30-6pm, Scheuer, Kohlberg Hall


The Aydelotte Foundation at Swarthmore is pleased to invite you to a conversation with Kandice Chuh and Roderick Ferguson. They will discuss and contextualize the recent attacks on the discipline of Gender and Sexuality Studies by turning to the history of the field’s emergence within and beyond academia. Dahlia Li, Visiting Assistant Professor in Gender and Sexuality Studies, will moderate the conversation.

The event will be held on Friday, March 1 at 4:30pm ET in the Scheuer Room at Swarthmore. It is open to all in the Tri-Co community and to the public.

This event may be attended in-person or on Zoom. To register on Zoom: bit.ly/ferguson-chuh

The event is part of the Aydelotte Foundation’s project on “Race, Racism, and the Liberal Arts.” This project assembles work on underrepresented histories of how people, institutions, and ideas have existed outside of, pushed against, or reshaped from within the ideas and institutions of the liberal arts. It also investigates and recounts curricular, epistemological, and institutional genealogies that challenge how or whether the term liberal arts has silenced histories and ways of knowing developed by Black people, indigenous people, and people of color.

Kandice Chuh is professor in the Ph.D. program in English, a core member of the Mellon Committee on Globalization and Social Change, as well as a member of the faculties of Africana studies, American Studies, Liberal Studies, and Critical Social Psychology at the CUNY Graduate Center. The author of The Difference Aesthetics Makes: On the humanities ‘after Man,’ (2019), the winner of the 2021 Association for Asian American Studies Book Award for Outstanding Achievement in the Humanities and Cultural Studies: Multidisciplinary Approaches, Chuh is also author of Imagine Otherwise: On Asian Americanist Critique (2003), which won the ASA’s Lora Romero Book Award in 2004. Chuh is coeditor, with Karen Shimakawa, of Orientations: Mapping Studies in the Asian Diaspora (2001), and has published in such venues as Public CultureAmerican Literary HistorySocial Text, and the Journal of Asian American Studies.

Roderick Ferguson is William Robertson Coe professor of Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies and professor of American Studies at Yale University. He is the author of One-Dimensional Queer (Polity, 2019), We Demand: The University and Student Protests (University of California, 2017), The Reorder of Things: The University and Its Pedagogies of Minority Difference (University of Minnesota, 2012), and Aberrations in Black: Toward a Queer of Color Critique (University of Minnesota, 2004). He is the co-editor with Grace Hong of the anthology Strange Affinities: The Gender and Sexual Politics of Comparative Racialization (Duke University, 2011). He is also co-editor with Erica Edwards and Jeffrey Ogbar of Keywords of African American Studies (NYU, 2018). He is currently working on two monographs—The Arts of Black Studies and The Bookshop of Black Queer Diaspora.

Dahlia Li (she/her) is an artist and scholar of performance, cinema, diaspora, and gender. She is currently at work on a book project entitled Caress Without Body: Queer Diasporic Movements and Questions Concerning Technology that explores how the staging of the queer diasporic body in 20th and 21st-century across screen, stage, and stanza challenge the representational economies of race and aesthetic form. Through a range of moving image art works, archival material, and performance ethnographies, this scholarly monograph analyzes the dancing body of color as it mediates colonial logics of space, pace, and scale.