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Tentative Fall 2020 Speaker Series (if COVID permits)

Due to uncertainty related to COVID-19 dates are not final for any of the speakers, but we are working to have a great line up if circumstances permit.

Dr. Audry Reeves
Assistant professor in the Department of Political Science at Virginia Tech
College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences

Bio: Audrey Reeves is an Assistant Professor of Political Science and a core faculty for the ASPECT doctoral program. He areas of expertise include gender in global governance, feminist security studies, and emotion, embodiment, and memory in world politics.

Dr. Richa Nagar
Professor of the College in the College of Liberal Arts
University of Minnesota

Bio: Richa Nagar is Professor of the College in the College of Liberal Arts at the University of Minnesota, and currently holds a Russell M. and Elizabeth M. Bennett Chair in Excellence and a Beverly and Richard Fink Professorship in Liberal Arts. Her multi-lingual and multi-genre research and teaching blends scholarship, creative writing, political theatre, and community activism to build alliances with people's struggles and to engage questions of ethics, responsibility, and justice in and through knowledge making.

Richa has worked with the Sangtin Kisan Mazdoor Sangathan, a movement of farmers and laborers in India's Sitapur District, which evolved from the writing of Sangtin Writers, and she has cobuilt a multi-sited community theatre project called Parakh, with Mumbai-based artist, Tarun Kumar. Parakh brings together amateurs and professional actors to reflect on social issues through literary texts and through their own stories (click here for glimpses of this work).

Richa was a fellow at the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences (CASBS) at Stanford in 2005-2006 and at the Jawaharlal Nehru Institute of Advanced Study (JNIAS) at New Delhi in 2011-2012. In 2017, she was appointed as an Honorary Professor at the Unit for Humanities at Rhodes University (UHURU), Grahamstown, South Africa. Her home department is Gender, Women, and Sexuality Studies.

"Richa's co/authored or co/edited books in Hindi and English include: Sangtin Yatra: Saat Zindgiyon Mein Lipta Nari Vimarsh (2004), Playing with Fire: Feminist Thought and Activism through Seven Lives in India (2006), A World of Difference: Encountering and Contesting Development (2009), Critical Transnational Feminist Praxis (2010), Ek Aur Neemsaar: Sangtin Atmamanthan Aur Andolan (2012), Muddying the Waters: Coauthoring Feminisms Across Scholarship and Activism (2014), and Main aur Mera Man: Sharad Nagar (2016). Her new book, Hungry Translations: Relearning the World Through Radical Vulnerability, has just been published with the University of Illinois Press in 2019.

Richa Nagar's intellectual, pedagogical and creative labor focuses on writing lives and struggles across the borders of languages, genres, disciplines and geographical locations. In commuting and communicating across fields, languages, and worlds, Richa examines how, why, and to what extent coauthorship and collaboration can become methods by which to trouble the dominant routes of circulation by which knowledges are produced, deployed, and disseminated; and how such methods can help us develop new insights about questions of solidarity, ethics, and responsibility in knowledge making while complicating what counts as “path-breaking” work in the academy.

In her latest work, Hungry Translations, she asks: How might scholars and teachers working in the Global North ethically participate in producing knowledge in ways that connect across different meanings of struggle, hunger, hope, and the good life?"

The Women and Gender in International Development Discussion Series is organized by the Center for International Research, Education, and Development (CIRED) and is an InclusiveVT initiative of Outreach and International Affairs (OIA).  Students, faculty, staff and members of the community are encouraged to attend the discussions and bring their ideas and questions. 

The WGD program has sponsored a monthly discussion series for over a decade. Thanks to the support of OIA, the program is able to bring international speakers as well as others from across the United States. We have also received support from the Women and Minority Artists and Scholars Lecture Series, the Women in Leadership and Philanthropy Endowed Lecture Fund, Women’s and Gender Studies, Women's Center, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences' Global Programs, the Department of Geography, the Department of History, the Virginia Water Resources Research Center, Africana Studies and other programs and departments at Virginia Tech. The series offers an opportunity for scholars and development practitioners to share their research and knowledge surrounding gender and international development with the Virginia Tech community and beyond.

Please visit the Events page for the 2020 calendar.

Please visit our Past Events Archive for information on the previous Discussion Series and speakers