Women's Gender, and Sexuality Studies Council

Co-chaired by Professor Yasmine Ergas and Professor Alondra Nelson, the WGSS Council is a network of leaders of centers, institutes, and initiatives at Columbia University dedicated to women’s, gender, and sexuality studies. The goal of the WGSS Council—established in 2013, with support from the Vice Provost for Academic Planning and the Vice Provost for Faculty Diversity and Inclusion, and with the co-sponsorship of the Dean ​of​ the School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA) and the Executive Vice President of Arts and Sciences—is to bring faculty and administrators from across the university together to share information and resources. The hope is that these conversations will foster fruitful collaborations in curriculum, research, and programming and highlight the breadth of gender and sexuality studies at Columbia. For more information, please click here for the 2015-16 Annual Report.

ANNOUNCEMENTS

Collaborative to Advance Equity through Research (CAETR) Seed Grants

The Collaborative to Advance Equity through Research (CAETR) seeks to highlight the groundbreaking work being done on our campus around women and girls of color, to build capacity in order to bolster and expand existing research projects, and to support the creation of new initiatives. Finally, it also aims to support collaborative work with institutional and community partners. In that vein, the collaborative will be supporting seed grants of $3,000-$5,000 for the duration of one year beginning on July 15, 2017 to Columbia students and faculty to support creative and innovative work that seeks to advance equity for women and girls of color. Projects may be domestic, international, or comparative. More Info

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Women’s Magazine Archive Collection 1 Recently Published

The Women’s Magazine Archive at Columbia University Butler Library provides full-text access to popular women’s interest magazines. Collection 1 has just been published and includes Better Homes and Gardens (1925-1978), Good Housekeeping (1885-2005), Ladies Home Journal (1886-2005), Parents (1949-2005), Redbook (1903-2002), and the Canadian magazine Chatelaine (1928-2005). These publications chronicle women’s roles and family life with articles on child rearing, home economics, health, careers, fashion, current events, politics, and social conditions.More Info

Postdoctoral Research Scholar at the Institute for Research on Women, Gender, and Sexuality, Columbia University

The Institute for Research on Women, Gender, and Sexuality invites applications for a postdoctoral research scholar position to begin July 1, 2017. We seek an innovative scholar whose work focuses on gender and sexuality, is informed by feminist and queer theory, and is rigorously interdisciplinary in its approach to the world. We are particularly keen to consider transnational research in such fields as critical development studies, law and social justice, environmental studies, migration, indigeneity, human rights, science and technology studies, visual cultures, and performance studies. Scholars in the social sciences, as well as those trained in interdisciplinary fields, whose work focuses on peoples, institutions, discourses, and practices outside North America and Europe are especially encouraged to apply. Fellows are expected to pursue their research on gender and sexuality in an interdisciplinary context, teach one course per semester (1-1 load) in our core curriculum, be available to advise undergraduates, and organize one public program per year, connected to their research. The initial appointment will be for one year, renewable for up to three years. Starting salary will be $60,000 with benefits. Applicants should submit a letter of application, CV, writing sample, a sample syllabus, and contact information (email addresses) for three individuals who will provide letters of reference. Review of applications will begin on April 14th and continue until the position is filled. Qualifications: Ph.D. in hand or defended and deposited by June 30, 2017. More Info

2017-2018 Mariam K. Chamberlain Award

Deadline: May 31, 2017

The International Center for Research on Women (ICRW) is now soliciting nominations for the 2017-2018 Mariam K. Chamberlain Award which honors the legacy of Dr. Mariam K. Chamberlain. Mariam was a visionary whose contributions to the feminist and social justice movements are evident across the world by generations of women. She was the founding president of Re:Gender (formerly the National Council for Research on Women), which merged with ICRW in 2016 in order to pursue a global research and advocacy agenda focused on advancing women’s empowerment and achieving gender equality. More Info

UPCOMING EVENTS

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Feminist to the Core: Jack Halberstam on Sigmund Freud

April 27, 2017, 4-6pm

Please join IRWGS for, “Feminist to the Core with Jack Halberstam.” Jack Halberstam is Visiting Professor of Gender Studies and English at Columbia University.

Robert-Paul Juster – “Social Convoys and Successful Aging among Lesbian and Gay Older Adults”

April 28, 2017, 1:30-3pm

Please join LGBT Health for, “Social Convoys and Successful Aging among Lesbian and Gay Older Adults,” with Robert-Paul Juster, Ph.D. and Postdoctoral Fellow in the Program for the Study of LGBT Health.

Women in Energy: Tour of the Brookhaven National Laboratory (BNL)

April 28, 2017, 9:30am-2:30pm

The Center on Global Energy Policy’s Women in Energy program is excited to invite you to tour the Brookhaven National Laboratory (BNL). BNL is a multipurpose research institution funded primarily by the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Science. The Lab brings world-class facilities and expertise to the most exciting and important questions in basic and applied science—from the birth of our universe to the sustainable energy technology of tomorrow. You will tour the Northeast Solar Energy Research Center (NSERC), the National Synchrotron Light Source II (NSLS-II) and if possible, a third location which is still TBD.

Charlotte Hubbert – “Venture Capital Investing in the Biotech Startup Space”

May 2, 2017, 5-7pm

Please join Columbia Women Inventors Network (WIN) for a discussion exploring venture capital investing in biotech companies with Charlotte Hubbert of The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Charlotte brings a wealth of experience in venture capital investing, startups, and emerging biotechnology, having previously served as Vice President with H.I.G. BioVentures and an associate at Accelerator Corporation, where she was involved in the strategic development and management of many companies including Oncofactor, Groove Bipharma, and Acylin Therapeutics.

Envisioning Life after Incarceration: A Gendered Response

May 2, 2017, 5:30-7:30pm

Please join The Institute for Research on Women, Gender, and Sexuality (IRWGS) and the Center for Justice for the first in a series of interactive panels on women and mass incarceration and criminalization. “Envisioning Life after Incarceration” will focus on the challenges women face pre- and post-incarceration and will explore public policy and other gendered responses to rebuilding a life after incarceration. Featured participants will include: Reuben Miller, Scholar in the School of Social Science at the Institute for Advanced Study, Miyoshi Benton of The Women in Justice Project, and Yolanda Johnson-Peterkin of the New York City Housing Authority. The conversation will be moderated by Assistant Professor of Sociology and African-American Studies, Carla Shedd. Light refreshments will be provided.

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