No Guarantee: Feminism’s Academic Affect and Political Fantasy


  • Robyn Wiegman Duke University


institutionalization, race, feminist theory


Both an assessment of the political present and a deliberation on feminist desires for a transformed future, this essay draws on nearly three decades of the author’s engagement with Women’s Studies and its academic institutionalization in order to identify both new and ongoing challenges to the intellectual and political life of the field.

Constituant à la fois une évaluation du présent politique et une réflexion sur les souhaits féministes pour un avenir transformé, cet essai s’appuie sur près de trois décennies d’engagement de l’auteure dans les Études sur le genre et les femmes et leur institutionnalisation universitaire afin de cerner les défis à la fois nouveaux et persistants de la vie intellectuelle et politique dans ce domaine.


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Author Biography

Robyn Wiegman, Duke University

Robyn Wiegman is Professor of Literature and former director of Women’s Studies at Duke University, where she teaches courses in feminist and queer theory, U.S. Studies, and critical race studies. Her most recent book is Object Lessons (2012).


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