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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.


Spring 2024 Welcome

Each Spring, the CSGS welcomes a UChicago alumnae/i working in the field of gender and sexuality back to present their work. On Wednesday, May 1 at 4:30pm, TreaAndrea M. Russworm (PhD, English, 2008; Professor of Cinematic Arts, University of Southern California) will deliver the 2024 Distinguished Alumni Lecture, “Utopian Funk: What Video Games Can Teach Us About Failed Utopias and Black Arts.”

If you missed, or would like to revisit a few of our 2023-24 events, video is now available for “After Dobbs: Reproductive Freedom, Justice, and the Power of the State” featuring Michele Goodwin, Dorothy Roberts, Mary Ziegler, and Geoffrey Stone and our annual OUTstanding Speaker Series lecture featuring Jules Gill-Peterson on “Great Society Transsexualism: On the Political Economy of Transition.”

All of our Spring 2024 events can be found on our calendar

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The Unfundable Fund for Gender & Sexuality Theory, Research, & Practice in honor of Prof. Lauren Berlant (1957-2021)

Last fall, the CSGS launched a campaign to garner immediate-use graduate student and postdoctoral research project funding, and eventually endow, The Unfundable Fund for Gender & Sexuality Research, Theory, and Practice. The name of this fund comes from Center co-founder Prof. Lauren Berlant (1957-2021), who was a tireless advocate for keeping space open for student research that presents “forms of queer we might not yet recognize.” In this spirit, the Unfundable Fund will prioritize humanistic areas of inquiry that are centered in gender and/or sexuality studies and are not easily fundable through existing mechanisms. Through this initiative, we seek to continue the crucial work of Prof. Lauren Berlant in making the Center an incubator of cutting-edge gender & sexuality research by emerging scholars.

Read a letter about the impact of Lauren’s research and teaching co-authored by Professors Debbie Nelson and Kristen Schilt. 

Please consider making your gift today to help us reach our goal.

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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