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 2014-15 Annual Report.
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.”
The Global History of Black Girlhood Conference will gather scholars from diverse disciplines to explore new approaches to black girls’ history. This conference’s emphasis on diasporic black girlhood will make it the first to expand the frame of the new subfield in “black girls’ studies” to include work on girls of African descent in Europe, Africa and the Americas together. What does it mean to think about black girls’ studies through a global lens? The first day of the conference will begin with public papers that explore the meaning of black girl pasts in various transnational and/or local contexts, with commentary that highlights shared findings and regional divergences. Conference presenters will receive an honorarium. More Info
The week-long program hosted at the Institute for Research on Women, Gender and Sexuality at Columbia University offers young leaders critical knowledge, support and networks to fight for gender justice in their communities. Participants will collaborate with other NYC youth leaders, leading scholars, activists and artists to drive the gender movement. Daily presenters will inspire youth to think about feminism in an intersectional, anti-racist and inclusive manner; while daily workshops provide youth with the materials, resources and plans to implement their projects during the 2016 – 2017 school year.
LGBT Health Working Group on Gender presents a lecture by Heino F. L. Meyer-Bahlburg, Dr. rer. nat. on “Gender Laws: The “Conversion-Therapy” Debate.”
The Brooklyn Institute for Social Research and the NYU Center for Religion and Media invite you to an evening panel conversation about these issues on Tuesday, July 19th, 2016. “A Conversation on Masculinity, Religion, and Gun Violence” brings together scholars working on gun violence, religious violence, and gender and sexuality. Beginning with a conversation and then opening the floor public discussion, this event will bring together scholarly and journalistic perspectives to reflect on the Pulse shooting itself, public responses to it, and the landscape going forward.
Please save the date for “Queer Disruptions: A National Conference on Gender and Sexuality” hosted by the Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Council and the Office of the Provost at Columbia University.
Women are still woefully underrepresented in academic leadership roles — an issue that was addressed this spring at a colloquium hosted by the Virginia Kneeland Frantz Society for Women Faculty. READ MORE