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744. Identity Knowledges and the Future of Critique: A Conversation with Object Lessons

Sunday, 6 January, 12:00 noon–1:15 p.m., Fairfax B, Sheraton

A special session

Presiding: Ashley Shelden, Kennesaw State Univ.

Speakers: Tim Dean, Univ. at Buffalo, State Univ. of New York; Karma Lochrie, Indiana Univ., Bloomington; Robert F. Reid-Pharr, Graduate Center, City Univ. of New York; Antonio Viego, Duke Univ.

Responding: Robyn Wiegman, Duke Univ.

Session Description:

This roundtable explores the institutionalization of "identity knowledges" by engaging Robyn Wiegman's Object Lessons, a pathbreaking analysis of the "political desire" that has shaped women's, ethnic, sexuality, and American studies. Less an author-meets-critic session than a collaborative discussion, the session reconsiders identity studies and the future of the humanities.


  • Genre, Theory, Method – Literary Criticism and Theory

  • The Profession – English and American

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