A leading scholar in feminist theory will headline this years annual summer seminar sponsored by the West Virginia University Department of English June 1-4.

“Object Lessons: Theorizing Identity for a New Century”will be led by Robyn Wiegman,

professor of English and director of the Women’s Studies Program at the University of California, Irvine.

WVUs Department of English has organized the annual summer seminar in literary and cultural studies since 1992, said Elaine Ginsberg, faculty coordinator of the conference. Each of those years, scholars from universities and colleges across the country have gathered to discuss specific issues in contemporary critical theory.

Ginsberg said participants in this years discussions will focus on the theoretical and historical frameworks for identity construction and the formulation of various gendered, racialized and sexualized identity categories.

Dr. Wiegman’s opening talk, which is open to the general public, is titled”The University in the Afterlife of Identity Politics,”and is set for 7:30 p.m. Thursday, June 1, in the Mountainlair Rhododendron Room. It will be followed by a reception.

In addition to her role at UC-Irvine, Wiegman is co_director of the Humanities Research Institute on the Futures of American Studies at Dartmouth College and on the faculty of the Critical Theory Institute at UC_Irvine.

Her book, American Anatomies: Theorizing Race and Gender, was published by Duke

University Press in 1995 (second edition in 1998).

The seminar and public talk are sponsored by the WVU Department of English

and the Eberly College of Arts and Sciences. For more information, call 293_3107 ext. 404.