About the Center

5733 S. University Ave.

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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Welcome to the Class of 2020!

Founded in 1996, the Center for the Study of Gender and Sexuality (CSGS) at the University of Chicago is a major center for faculty and graduate research and pedagogical training and has developed an extensive undergraduate program in gender and sexuality studies. Areas of faculty interest include gender and sexuality studies in the fields of literature and language, history, political science, biology, sociology, anthropology, economics, visual arts, media studies, human development, law, religion, and medicine. We host classes and workshops, most of our events and community activities in our building at 5733 S University Ave.

Please join us on October 3 from 4:30-6:00pm as we celebrate the beginning of the new year with a Welcome Reception co-hosted with the Center for the Study of Race, Politics, and Culture. This is a great chance to meet students, faculty and staff also with interests in gender, sexuality and race studies.

On September 28 at 6:15, we join with the IOP, the CSRPC, and other organizations to bring Alicia Garza to the Logan Center. Garza, a co-founder of Black Lives Matter, will discuss the national movement’s past, present and future in a wide-ranging discussion about activism and organizing, supporting the voices of black cisgender, transgender and immigrant women, and the totality of black lives.

Christiane Taubira, former Minister of Justice for France and co-founder of the left-wing Guianese party Walwari, will speak on October 10th at 6pm at International House. As Justice Minister, Taubira oversaw fundamental penal reforms that prevent recidivism and promote rehabilitation, and introduced a law that both legalized same-sex marriage in France, and allows same-sex couples to adopt children.

Join us as we host queer punk band PWR BTTM for an afternoon social from 4-6 pm on October 26 in the Community Room at 5733 S. University, with a discussion moderated by Addie Barron.

The Center’s LGBTQ Studies Project and the Artists’ Salon will host Lily Hoang (English, New Mexico State) and Jackie Wang (writer, performer, filmmaker, PhD candidate, Harvard) for a reading and discussion at 4:30pm on October 27 and a collaborative workshop at noon on October 28. Ann Cvetkovich (English and Women’s and Gender Studies, University of Texas, Austin) will discuss her work on “Ordinary Lesbians and Special Collections: The June L Mazer Lesbian Archives at UCLA” and run a writing workshop starting at 4:30pm on November 3.

On November 18 at 7pm, the Counter Cinema/Counter Media Project welcomes filmmaker Sarah Price (The Yes Men, Summercamp!, American Movie) for a screening and discussion with Professor Jennifer Wild at Logan 201.

And on November 29, the Center, in partnership with the Law School welcomes Cecile Richards, president of Planned Parenthood Federation of America and a tireless activist for women’s healthcare and reproductive freedom. She will deliver the Schwartz Memorial Lecture at the Law School at 4 pm.

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 two 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.

The Radius Podcast

Last spring the Center launched of 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. Our first two episodes are now available. UChicago students can submit stories at bit.ly/csgsradiuspitch.

CSGS at 20

Thank you to all who participated in celebrating the past 20 years of scholarship at the Center!

We will soon have video of the 20th Anniversary Symposium, held in May, which will include sessions on the founding and development of the CSGS, the impact of the Center from the viewpoint of our GSS College alumni, the landscape of some faculty scholarship over the last 20 years, and new directions in interdisciplinary and intersectional research from the viewpoint of current graduate students, a graduating senior and a future post-doc. Video and updates will be available on our 20th anniversary information page.

Visit us!

Visit the Center for the Study of Gender and Sexuality and the Center for the Study of Race, Politics, and Culture in our renovated space. See our calendar for upcoming events, or just stop by. All are welcome!

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