Roderick A. Ferguson
Professor of Women’s, Gender, & Sexuality Studies, Yale University


This talk revisits Stuart Hall’s 1992 essay “Cultural Studies and Its Theoretical Legacies” to assess the history of British cultural studies, the current state of American cultural studies, and the original British campaign to produce organic intellectuals. The talk assesses the need for producing organic intellectuals and the role of American cultural studies in that production. The talk does so by focusing on the current contexts of progressive insurgency amidst structural, racist and fascist violence.

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Roderick A. Ferguson

Roderick A. Ferguson is Professor of Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at Yale University. He is the author of One-Dimensional Queer (Polity, 2019), We Demand: The University and Student Protests (University of California, 2017), The Reorder of Things: The University and Its Pedagogies of Minority Difference (University of Minnesota, 2012), and Aberrations in Black: Toward a Queer of Color Critique (University of Minnesota, 2004). He is the co-editor with Grace Hong of the anthology Strange Affinities: The Gender and Sexual Politics of Comparative Racialization (Duke University, 2011). He is also co-editor with Erica Edwards and Jeffrey Ogbar of Keywords of African American Studies (NYU, 2018). He is currently working on two monographs—The Arts of Black Studies and The Bookshop of Black Queer Diaspora.

Ferguson’s teaching interests include the politics of culture, women of color feminism, the study of race, critical university studies, queer social movements, and social theory.