Gender Studies Symposium 2021 Speakers

40th Annual Gender Studies Symposium
Lack & Absence

March 10-12, 2021


Carmen Maria Machado Carmen Maria MachadoCarmen Maria Machados writing defies and blends genres such as surrealism, fantasy, and horror to create writing that is so palpable it seems alive. Growing up in a household where storytelling was always present, Carmen has been writing her whole life. She holds an MFA from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop and is the writer in residence at the University of Pennsylvania. Her spellbinding debut short story collection, Her Body and Other Parties, was longlisted for the National Book Award before it was even published; was a finalist for both the National Book Award and the Kirkus Prize; was the winner of the Bard Fiction Prize, the Lambda Literary Award, the Brooklyn Public Library Literature Prize, the Shirley Jackson Award, and the National Book Critics Circle’s John Leonard Prize; and was listed by the New York Times as one of “15 remarkable books by women that are shaping the way we read and write fiction in the 21st century.” Her memoir, In the Dream House, was longlisted for the Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Nonfiction, was the #1 Indie Next Pick for November 2019, and earned many other accolades. Set in Shudder-To-Think, PA, Carmen’s newest project is a limited-run comics series called The Low, Low Woods, out from DC Comics, which takes body horror down paths heretofore unexplored in comics.


Jennifer C. Nash

Jennifer C. Nash is the Jean Fox O’Barr Professor of Gender, Sexuality, and Feminist Studies at Duke University. She is the author of two award-winning books: The Black Body in Ecstasy: Reading Race, Reading Pornography (Duke, 2014) and Black Feminism Reimagined: After Intersectionality (Duke, 2019). Her articles have appeared in journals including GLQ, Signs, Feminist Studies, Feminist Theory, Feminist Review, and Social Text. Her research has been supported by an ACLS/Burkhardt Fellowship, the Columbia Society of Fellows, and the WEB Du Bois Institute at Harvard University.