Emerging Scholar Lecture Explores Theory, Thinking

October 27 2016
Category: Academics

Emerging Scholar

The Emerging Scholar Lecture Series begins on Tuesday, November 1 with a presentation by Nicolette Bragg, a Ph.D. candidate at Cornell University, at 4:30 p.m. in Peterson Chapel, Cowles Hall.

Bragg’s presentation titled, “Raising Theory: Derrida’s Mother and the Criteria for Thinking,” focuses on the work of Derrida and Judith Butler in order to examine their production of the mother as a figure of thinking.

Through her presentation Bragg provokes questions such as: What are the stakes of turning the mother into a figure of thinking, a creature of theory? How does this change how we read these influential works? What does it say about thinking?

Bragg is a Ph.D. candidate in the department of English Language and Literature at Cornell University. Her dissertation, “Creature of Theory: The Mother as Figure of Thought,” translates refrains of critical theory into paradigmatically maternal compositions. Her focus is thinking, and the forms and figures that influential theorists rely upon to dramatize its conditions and possibilities.

Her teaching and research interests include feminism and gender studies, critical theory, and postcolonial literature. She has publications out and forthcoming in Cultural Studies Review and The Journal of French and Francophone Philosophy.

The next Emerging Scholar Lecture will be in March. Stay tuned for more details.