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Sonia Alvarez served as the keynote speaker at Duke University's 10th Annual Feminist Theory Workshop

The annual Feminist Theory Workshop offers a unique opportunity for scholars to engage in sustained dialogue about feminist theory as a scholarly domain of inquiry. The “workshop” approach of this conference requires active participation of both presenters and attendees. This year one of the keynote speakers was Professor Sonia Alvarez.

As an interdisciplinary field, Women's Studies has long been in critical conversation with a variety of disciplines, such that its languages of analysis, methodological priorities, and histories of research and writing are often recognizably situated in relation to the disciplinary identities of its practitioners. In recent years however, with the international growth of PhD programs, there has been much discussion and speculation about the extent to which Women's Studies has (or should have) its own post-disciplinary or transdisciplinary mode of inquiry. Posed as a question, the field asks itself: does Women's Studies have a distinctive tradition of inquiry of its own? The answer of course is nothing if not debatable, but the chief candidate for affirmation is the seemingly amorphormous entity, feminist theory. It is typically the name of the one course that students in every undergraduate and graduate curriculum are required to take, and it serves as an acknowledged critical domain for debates that cross both disciplinary and national lines.

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