Each year, IRW's Distinguished Lecture Series presents a variety of talks showcasing interdisciplinary work on women, gender and sexuality by a variety of eminent speakers. The lecture series revolves around an annual theme that is also shared by our interdisciplinary seminar and undergraduate learning community. In 2023-2024 our annual theme is "Possession."

All events are at 4:30 p.m. The October 12 event will be held in the Alexander Library Teleconference/Lecture Hall on the College Avenue Campus. All other events are at the Ruth Dill Johnson Crockett Building, 162 Ryders Lane, Douglass Campus, Rutgers-New Brunswick.

Thursday, September 28, 2023
"The Dispossessed Rethink Possession: Lesbian Communal Alternatives"
Judith Raiskin (Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, University of Oregon) 

Judith Raiskin

Thursday, October 12, 2023
"Burial of this Order"
Jane Jin Kaisen (School of Media Arts, Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts) with Suzy Kim (Asian Languages and Cultures, Rutgers-New Brunswick) and Alexandra Chang (Art History, Rutgers-Newark)

Jane Kaisen Suzy Kim Alexandra Chang

Thursday, November 9, 2023
"Gathering Ancestors: Spirit Possession, Theory, and Queer Feminist Futures"
Carlos Decena (Latino and Caribbean Studies, Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, & Institute for the Study of Global Racial Justice, Rutgers-New Brunswick) and Solimar Otero (Folklore and Ethnomusicology & Gender Studies, Indiana University, Bloomington) 

Carlos Decena Solimar Otero

Thursday, February 29, 2024
"Policing the Interior: Black Domestic Life and the Modern Carceral State"
Sarah Haley (History, Columbia University)

Sarah Haley

Thursday, April 4, 2024
"Death, Mourning, and Gendered Afterlives"
Jyoti Puri (Sociology, Simmons University), Elyse Semerdjian (History, Clark University), and Asli Zengin (Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, Rutgers-New Brunswick) 

Jyoti Puri Elyse S Asli Zengin


Download the 2023-2024 IRW Distinguished Lecture Series Poster