2000 grads

The first graduating class of Gender Studies majors in 2000

Leila Ahmed

Lelia Ahmed gives a lecture in May 2012

Alison Bechdel and student

Alison Bechdel speaks with a student at an exhibition of her work

Lauren Berlant and Mel Chen

Professor Lauren Berlant introducing guest speaker Mel Chen

Lauren Berlant and Kristen Schilt

Professors Lauren Berlant and Kristen Schilt participate in a zine making workshop

Hillary Chute and Alison Bechdel

Professor Hillary Chute and Alison Bechdel


Students participate in a classroom discussion at CSGS

Community room

The Community Room at 5733 S University

center door

Center entrance

2011 fellows

CSGS Fellows in 2011

5733 exterior

The exterior of 5733 S University

Student question

A student asks a question after a talk by Kimberly Peirce in October 2011

Annual Lectures

Iris Marion Young Distinguished Faculty Lecture

Each year CSGS hosts the Iris Marion Young Distinguished Faculty Lecture featuring University of Chicago faculty doing innovative interdisciplinary work. On Wednesday, April 26, Daisy Delogu (Professor of French; Chair, Dept. of Romance Languages & Literatures) will deliver the 2017 lecture titled, "Allegory Today":

What is allegory, and why should we care about it? From our alma maters to lady liberty, allegorical figures are all around us, though we rarely think about them, or the power they exert over the imaginary. In my talk I will discuss the practice of allegory in the medieval literature that I know best, the relationship of allegory to gender, the power that allegorical thinking wields in the world today, as well as the potential for resistance that it offers.

As part of its tenth anniversary celebration in 2006, the Center renamed this annual lecture to honor Iris Marion Young. Young was a professor of political science at the University of Chicago and was affiliated with the Center and the Human Rights program. She was a widely known and well-respected contemporary political and feminist social theorist, concerned with normative analysis of public policy. Learn more about Iris Marion Young.

Past speakers include: Martha Nussbaum (Law/Philosophy), Jennifer Cole (Comparative Human Development), Deborah Nelson (English), Susan Gal (Anthropology), Leora Auslander (History), Cathy J. Cohen (Political Science), Mary Anne Case (Law), Lauren Berlant (English), Christine Stansell (History), Martha McClintock (Psychology/Comparative Human Development), Jean Comaroff (Anthropology), Amy Hollywood (Divinity), George Chauncey (History), Wendy Doniger (Divinity), Jacqueline Bhabha (Human Rights), and Saba Mahmood (Anthropology.)

Distinguished Alumnae/i Lectures

Each Spring, the CSGS welcomes a UChicago alumnae/i working in the field of gender and sexuality back to present their work. On Thursday, May 11, Deborah Gould, PhD '00 (Sociology, UC Santa Cruz) will deliver the 2017 Distinguished Alumnae/i Lecture: “Becoming Coalitional: The Perverse Encounter of Queer to the Left and the Jesus People USA”:

In this talk I consider a Chicago low-cost housing coalition that included a group of secular queer leftists and an evangelical Christian group. Strikingly, difference here was both pronounced and a non-event: the two groups never confronted each other about homosexuality or their widely divergent cosmologies. I use this case of affinities across chasms of perceived difference to explore coalitions as contact zones, analyzing in particular what desires, capacities, and potentialities a coalition might generate and nourish. Interested in political appetite and the not-yet of politics, the talk traverses a number of themes including: convergence without unity; hopes generated through surprising encounters; a longing to live belonging differently; and desire for activism that holds out the possibility of being changed.