‘In retrospect’: Object Lessons forum

Kadji Amin, Kinohi Nishikawa, Britt Rusert

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Our contribution takes shape as reflections on Object Lessons (Wiegman, 2012) from the perspective of three scholars of race, gender and sexuality who were also graduate students of Robyn Wiegman in the mid-2000s at Duke University. All three of us took Introduction to Feminist Theory with her and all three of us received graduate certificates in Feminist Studies. Our educational and career trajectories also share this similarity: we received PhDs in the disciplines (English, Comparative Literature and French), but went on to jobs that are either completely or partially housed in departments invested in studying what Wiegman calls ‘identity knowledges' (namely, African American Studies and Gender Studies). In these essays, we reflect on how Wiegman's course helped shaped our approaches to academic knowledge production and how her reflexive pedagogy animates not only Object Lessons but also our own critiques of identity’s institutionalized forms.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)301-308
Number of pages8
JournalFeminist Theory
Issue number2
StatePublished - Apr 2023

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Gender Studies


  • Feminist theory
  • identity
  • institutionalization
  • knowledge production
  • second wave feminism
  • social justice


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