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

Congratulations to IRWGS Essay Prize Winners

Congratulations to Rebecca Claire Fisher (CC ’17 and American Studies major), winner of the 2017 IRWGS Women’s and Gender Studies Award for “The Separate Spheres Argument Against Women’s Jury Service: A Review of the Literature,” and Sona Armenouhi Quigley (GS ’18 and Women, Gender, Sexuality Studies major), winner of the 2017 IRWGS Queer Studies Award for “Quelle Surprise!” Read More

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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

UPCOMING EVENTS

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5th Annual WISC Student-Alumni Networking Reception

June 12, 2017, 6-8pm

Please join Women in Science at Columbia at the 5th Annual WISC Student-Alumni Networking Reception. This reception is a great opportunity to build your network of Columbia alumni from the STEM fields, as well as meet fellow graduate students with similar interests. This event is open only to current Columbia M.A. and PhD students in the STEM fields as well as Columbia alumni from the STEM fields.

Margaret Jo Shepherd and Ghazala Mehmood – “Seeing Muslim Women Through Western Eyes”

June 14, 2017, 7-8pm

Emeritus Professors in Columbia (EPIC) is a professional and social fellowship of people who have formally retired from their Columbia careers as university professors, researchers, and administrators but are still professionally active. Since its founding in 1998, EPIC has worked to continually expand its portfolio of activities and in 2017 launched its first Speakers Series in collaboration with the CU School of Professional Studies (SPS). Speakers include: Margaret Jo Shepherd, Professor Emerita of Education, and Ghazala Mehmood, who earned an MA in International Education at Teachers College. Coordinated by Morningside Retirement and Health Services, the series is free and open to the public, and will be held at 100 LaSalle Street (aka 124th Street bet. Broadway/Amsterdam), Room #MC. For more information, contact 212-666-4000 or ronb@mrhsny.org.

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Rachel Adams on 'Philanthropy and Social Difference' course

“Columbia students are so very interested in social justice,” said Rachel Adams. The course focused on homelessness, food insecurity, people with disabilities and the history and philosophy of American philanthropy. READ MORE

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

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