Feminism as Traveling Theory: the Case of Our Bodies, Ourselves
February 27, 2012
Dr. Kathy Davis
Senior researcher at the Institute of History and Culture at Utrecht University in the Netherlands
The classic feminist book, Our Bodies, Ourselves, has had an enormous impact on US feminism, and it has been taken up, translated, and adapted by women across the globe. Drawing upon Edward Said’s “traveling theory” concept, Davis explores the book’s world-wide travels, shows how it was transformed by its many border crossings and argues that the book and its travels offer insights for how we think about history, the politics of knowledge, and transnational feminism.
A Humanities Forum lecture co-sponsored by the Office of the Provost; College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences; Dresher Center; Honors College; American Studies; English; History; Language, Literacy and Culture Program; Modern Languages, Linguistics, & Intercultural Communication; Psychology; Sociology and Anthropology; University Health Services; and the Women’s Center