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3rd Annual Conference in Citizenship Studies: Gender and Citizenship

Date and time

March 31, 2006

About the conference

This year's conference will consider subjects such as gendered and multicultural citizenship, challenges to understanding gender construction including transgender identity, gender-specific activist movements, popular media messages of citizenship and gender, the relationship of gender to membership within identity groups (based on ethnic, religious, racial, sexual orientation, political, or other differences), and gender-based variances in immigration and migration practices and policies.


Wayne State University
Detroit, MI 48202


Keynote: Hortense J. Spillers

Distinguished scholar-in-residence, professor of English at Cornell University

Professor Spillers’ work has focused on the relationships between race and gender in African American and American literature. She is best known for her race-centered revision of psychoanalytic theory and for her subtle account of the relationships between race and gender. Her collection of essays, Black, White, and in Color: Essays on American Literature and Culture, published by the University of Chicago Press in 1993, spans her work from the early 1980s, in which she pioneered a poststructuralist approach to African American literature, and extends through her turn to cultural studies in the 1990s. These pieces, which display her passionate commitment to reading as a fundamentally political act, contain powerful readings of individual authors and address such issues as the effect of migration on the black cultural experience and the African American sermon.


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