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

Thando Mlambo and Sarah Faith Thompson Recipients of the 2016 IRWGS Award Prize Essays

Congratulations to Sarah Faith Thompson (CC ’16 and Political Science major), winner of the 2016 IRWGS Women’s and Gender Studies Award for “Sexual Violence in Civil Wars: Strength, Organizational Control, and Rebel Groups,” and Thando Mlambo (BC ’16 and Africana Studies & Women, Gender, Sexuality Studies double major), winner of the 2016 IRWGS Queer Studies Award for “Destabilizing Nation and Culture: How Zanele Muholi and Queer South African Women are Creating Discursive Space through Visual Culture.”

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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. The MDW Summit will be held on March 23-24, 2017, and the organizers need interns to help them plan and run the event. You’ll 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. Interested? Send an email to Julia@littlepim.com with why you like to intern and your qualifications. Seeking 3-4 interns.

Women in Energy Internship Funding Application

Deadline: January 11, 2017

The Center on Global Energy Policy Women in Energy program seeks applications for Internship Funding. Stipends are awarded to outstanding female students who have secured spring internship positions with companies or organizations in energy related sectors. For application packet or if you have any questions, please contact Jully Meriño

Five College Women’s Studies Research Center: Call for Applications for Research Associates in 2017-2018

Deadline: February 15, 2017

Located in a geographic area with one of the largest concentrations of scholars dedicated to feminist scholarship and teaching in the world, the Five College Women’s Studies Research Center encourages engaged, critical feminist scholarship from diverse perspectives. To support this work, scholars come to the Center from around the world, seeking a supportive environment to carry out their research. More Info

UPCOMING EVENTS

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Jorge H. Soler – “Complex Networks of Social Support: Exploring the Roles of Parents, Families, and Mentors in the Lives of Young Adult Gay and Bisexual Men”

January 17, 2017, 1:30-3pm

Please join the Program for the Study of LGBT Health for, “Complex Networks of Social Support: Exploring the Roles of Parents, Families, and Mentors in the Lives of Young Adult Gay and Bisexual Men,” with Jorge H. Soler, PhD, MPH, ICAP at Columbia University.

SJ Langer – “Theorizing Trans For Clinical Practice: Mirroring, Consciousness, and an Algorithm of Gender”

January 27, 2017, 1:30-3pm

Please join the Program for the Study of LGBT Health for “Theorizing Trans For Clinical Practice: Mirroring, Consciousness, and an Algorithm of Gender,” with SJ Langer, LCSW-R Private Practice, and Faculty at School of Visual Arts, New York, NY.

American Hookup: The New Culture of Sex on Campus with Lisa Wade

February 7, 2017, 4:30-6:30pm

Join IRWGS for a Book Talk/Launch with Lisa Wade (Associate Professor of Sociology, Occidental College) on her new book American Hookup: The New Culture of Sex on Campus

Hortense Spillers – “Shades of Intimacy: Women in the Time of Revolution”

February 16, 2017, 6pm

Please join BCRW for “Shades of Intimacy: Women in the Time of Revolution,” a public lecture with Hortense Spillers. She considers the aftermath of the notion of partus sequitur ventrem—the “American ‘innovation’ that proclaimed that the child born of an enslaved mother would also be enslaved.” In her lecture, she deepens this ongoing exploration by engaging the idea of the “shadow” family as one of the tectonic shifts in the concept and practice of social relations in the New World from the 18th century forward. Join us for Spillers’ critical examination of this period of profound contradiction and change when dangerously hegemonic definitions of race, gender, and family took hold.

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Invisible Labor of Women’s Studies and their Second-Class Status

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