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

Save the Date for Keywords: Justice

March 23, 2017, 4:30pm

WGSS Council and the Center for the Study of Social Difference and are co-hosting a spring 2017 Keywords Roundtable Discussion on the keyword “justice.” The conversation will feature: Che Gossett, Community Archivist and Student Coordinator, Barnard College; Mark Hatzenbuehler, Associate Professor of Sociomedical Sciences and Co­Director, Center for the Study of Social Inequalities and Health, Mailman School of Public Health; Kathryn Kolbert, Constance Hess Williams Director of the Athena Center for Leadership, Barnard College; Carla Shedd, Assistant Professor of Sociology, Columbia University; Jennifer Wenzel, Associate Professor of English and Comparative Literature and Middle Eastern, South Asian, and African Studies, Columbia University; and Rachel Adams, Professor of English and American Studies, Columbia University and Director, Center for the Study of Social Difference. More Info

Share

Internship for the Million Dollar Women Summit

Do you want to meet female entrepreneurs who are building and growing their own businesses? Then apply to be an intern for the Million Dollar Women Summit in New York City on March 23-24, 2017. Interns will get the opportunity to work alongside passionate women planning the Summit, to attend the Summit, and meet women entrepreneurs building businesses and successful female CEOs. Send an email to Julia@littlepim.com to apply. Seeking 3-4 interns.

Call for Applications: National Women’s Studies Association Alison Piepmeier Prize

NWSA will offer an annual $1,000 Alison Piepmeier book award for a groundbreaking monograph in women, gender, and sexuality studies that makes significant contributions to feminist disability studies scholarship. This prize honors Alison Piepmeier, an active member and leader of NWSA whose scholarship examined the intersection of feminist and disability studies, with a particular emphasis on reproductive decisions and disabilities and parenting and disabilities. More Info

4th International Conference on Sacred Texts and Human Contexts: Women and Gender in Religions CFP

Deadline: March 15, 2017

This international symposium will elaborate on how religions have viewed and interpreted their sacred texts throughout their histories with reference to women and gender relations. We seek proposals for papers and/or panel presentations. Please send the proposal (attachments in Word doc format is preferred) to hickeycenter.conference@gmail.com with the subject line “Proposal Submission.” Selected papers will be published. More Info

UPCOMING EVENTS

Want to Add an Event to the WGSSC Calendar?

Contact Us at wgssc@columbia.edu or complete this form.

Laura Kelly – “An Exploratory Study of the Role of Religious/Spiritual Expression in the Lives of Lesbian Couples”

February 21, 2017, 1:30-3pm

lease join LGBT Health for “An Exploratory Study of the Role of Religious/Spiritual Expression in the Lives of Lesbian Couples,” with Laura Kelly PhD, APN, Associate Professor of Nursing and Program Director Psychiatric/Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Program at the Columbia University School of Nursing.

Jasbir Puar – “The Right to Maim: States of Debility/Capacity/Disability”

February 22, 2017, 6:30-8:30pm

Please join Barnard/Columbia American Studies and IRWGS for a talk by Jasbir Puar: “The Right to Maim: States of Debility/Capacity/Disability.” Jasbir K. Puar is Associate Professor of Women’s & Gender Studies at Rutgers University. She has also been a Visiting Lecturer in the Department of Performance Studies at NYU and a Visiting Fellow at the Institute for Cultural Inquiry in Berlin. She received her Ph.D. in Ethnic Studies from the University of California at Berkeley in 1999 and an M.A. from the University of York, England, in Women’s Studies in 1993.

Other Russias: Victoria Lomasko’s Graphic Journalism

February 28, 2017 6:30pm

Please join the Harriman Institute for a talk with graphic reportage artist Victoria Lomasko about her new collection, an anthology of her work from 2009 to 2016, Other Russias (n+1, 2016). Bela Shayevich, translator of Svetlana Alexievich’s Secondhand Time, will translate. Victoria Lomasko is a fixture at Moscow’s trials and protests, documenting the tumultuous processes that shape today’s Russia. Not content to limit herself to the political life of the country’s capital, Lomasko travels around the country and through the former Soviet republics, exploring the domestic, psychological, and spiritual condition of its diverse marginalized groups. Sex workers in Nizhny Novgorod, women in underground lesbian clubs, teachers in a remote village school, and children at the juvenile prison colonies where Lomasko volunteers as an art teacher have been some of the subjects of her sensitive, incisive portraits. With empathy at the heart of her approach, Lomasko is drawn to people who challenge her, whose stories do not necessarily illustrate her own political views. In her graphic reportages, we find a panorama of modern Russian society.

_thumbathena
ATHENA CENTER FOR LEADERSHIP STUDIES | @barnard_Athena

BCRW-White-on-Black

BARNARD CENTER FOR RESEARCH ON WOMEN | @bcrtweets

CENTER ON AFRICAN AMERICAN RELIGION, SEXUAL POLITICS AND SOCIAL JUSTICE (CARSS)
| @CARSSColumbiaU

csgsllogo

CENTER FOR GENDER & SEXUALITY LAW | @ColumbiaLaw

CWIB

COLUMBIA WOMEN IN BUSINESS | @CWIBatCBS

INSTITUTE FOR RESEARCH ON WOMEN, GENDER, AND SEXUALITY | @IRWGS

SEXUALITY, WOMEN AND GENDER PROJECT AT TEACHERS COLLEGE
| @SWGProject

ASK A FEMINIST

WGSSC FACULTY IN THE NEWS

CCSC Proposes Dedicated Centers for LGBTQ Students, Students of Color

CC Student Council has proposed the creation of dedicated centers for LGBTQ students and students of color in Lerner. Columbia is the only Ivy League without a unified center to support LGBTQ students. READ MORE

Suzanne Goldberg op-ed on why you should care about Sexual Respect

Workshops and training are not about a preferred type of sex… Instead, they help underscore how important it is that students treat each other with respect in this realm. READ MORE

Queer Disruptions Conference Convenes Experts on Gender, Sexuality

Scholars discuss intersection of gender and sexuality with public policy at the “Queer Disruptions” conference on gender and sexuality, held at Columbia on October 13 and 14. READ MORE