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The Center for the Study of Gender and Sexuality at the University of Chicago was established in 1996, after a decade of faculty and student self-organization. It now consolidates work on gender and sexuality, and in feminist, gay and lesbian, and queer studies.

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Our building is wheelchair accessible via a ramp in front of the building on University Avenue. There are automatic doors with push pads at the front entrances of the building. The building is equipped with three gender-neutral restrooms; the first floor restroom is ADA accessible and equipped with an automatic door and push pad.

For any other questions about access accommodations, please email csgs@lists.uchicago.edu.


CSGS Alum Wins Cultural Horizons Prize

Former CSGS Dissertation Fellow Sarah Luna was awarded the 2019 Cultural Horizons Prize by the Society for Cultural Anthropology for her article, “Affective Atmospheres of Terror on the Mexico–U.S. Border.” The jurors praised the article as “a beautifully written ethnography of how rumors of violence shaped affective atmospheres of terror, very much grounded in the individual lives of Luna’s interlocutors.”

Sarah Luna was a James C. Hormel Dissertation Fellow at the CSGS from 2011-2012; currently she is and Assistant Professor of Anthropology at Tufts University.

Ruth Murray Prize

We are pleased to announce that the recipients of the 2019 Ruth Murray Essay Prize in Women's Studies, Feminist Criticism, Gender Studies are Political Science and History major Marliese Dalton for her essay “Astai and Astê: Rethinking Female Social and Political Membership in Athens in the 4th Century B.C.E.” and History major Madeline de Figueiredo for her essay “‘A colored girl, of very superior qualifications’: Virginia’s Public Spectacle of the Fancy Trade, 1831-1839." Congratulations to Marliese and Madeline!

Nelson Wins Laing Prize

Congratulations to Professor Deborah Nelson--current CSGS affiliated faculty member in English and former Faculty Director 2006-2009--on winning the Gordon J. Laing Prize! The University of Chicago Press awarded its top honor to Prof. Nelson for Tough Enough, her exploration of how six women faced pain with unsentimentality—and her argument for it as an alternative response to empathy or irony.

Framing Agnes at Tribeca Film Festival

The Center’s faculty director, Kristen Schilt, along with her collaborator, Chase Joynt, Banting Postdoctoral Fellow in residence at the Center are in the news with their project and short film, Framing Agnes, as it premieres at the Tribeca Film Festival this spring. The project examines decades of trans history and the impact of a case study from the mid-20th century which still reverberates in the field of sociology today.

CSGS Welcomes Professor C. Riley Snorton

This year the Center has been very excited to welcome C. Riley Snorton, who has joined the Department of English Language and Literature as Professor, and the CSGS as an affiliate, in which he is now in residence. Snorton is a cultural theorist who analyzes representations of race and gender throughout history. He is the author of Nobody Is Supposed to Know: Black Sexuality on the Down Low (University of Minnesota Press, 2014) and Black on Both Sides: A Racial History of Trans Identity (University of Minnesota Press, 2017), winner of the Lambda Literary Award for Transgender Nonfiction and an American Library Association Stonewall Honor Book in Nonfiction. You can read more about Professor Snorton here.

The Radius Podcast

In 2017 the Center launched our student-led and produced podcast, The Radius. The podcast is a space to chat about gender and sexuality throughout and beyond campus to the city at large and the field as a whole, from the center to the fringes. You can check out the latest episodes on Soundcloud. UChicago students can submit stories at bit.ly/csgsradiuspitch.

Did you know?

All UChicago college students have the opportunity to learn about the fundamental importance of gender and sexuality as analytic categories as part of their general education requirement teaching the introduction to the tools of inquiry used in every discipline. The CSGS offers several sections of a two-quarter civilization sequence taught by our faculty based in a variety of disciplines. Read more about Gender and Sexuality in World Civilizations.

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