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

Projects, Series and Research Initiatives

Through our projects, we engage in original research, fieldwork and critical textual analyses designed to produce fundamental new knowledge and insights into contemporary debates in feminist, queer and sex theory. Students, faculty, staff and researchers collaborate with us to strengthen the understanding of gender and sexuality's role across multiple disciplines and to produce ideas for future exploration.

Each project features its own events, workshops and seminars, which continue to bring together those with common interests who help further our mission of shaping the thought of gender and sexuality within the University and in the public as well.

Current Projects and Series

  • 20th Anniversary Series – To commemorate its 20th Anniversary, the Center for the Study of Gender and Sexuality (CSGS) is planning a number of events to celebrate and assess the past 20 years of scholarship at UChicago and in the study of gender and sexuality.
  • Alternate Realities and Virtual Worlds – This project will be organized around using games, science fiction and virtual worlds to open up conversations about gender, and sexualities.
  • Artists' Salon – A project that seeks to showcase artists creating innovative work focusing-in diverse ways, and in diverse media--on gender and sexuality.
  • Care@Chicago – A month-long project designed to examine and practice forms of self-care and to ask what constitutes repair and relief in states and times of trauma in February 2017.
  • Closeted/Out in the Quadrangles: A History of LGBTQ Life at the University of Chicago – This project focuses on the lives of LGBTQ alumni, faculty, and staff at the University of Chicago from the early twentieth century through the present.
  • Counter Cinema/Counter Media Project – This new project focuses on film and media practices that use form to resist and "counter" the approach to gender and sexuality found in dominant film and media outlets, platforms, and traditions.
  • Feminist Theory – This project is devoted to a critical rethinking of the foundational texts in the development of feminist thought.
  • LGBTQ Studies Project – An integral part of the Center, the LGBTQ Studies Project organizes research and conferences and helps provide dissertation-year fellowships to graduate students.
  • Precarious Citizenship – A lecture series with a focus on examining how gender and sexuality impact the exercise of full citizenship.
  • Sexual Violence on Campus – Resources for addressing sexual violence on college campuses.
  • Women in Science – Through this project the Center brings together a committee of women faculty from the Biological, Physical and Social Sciences Division, along with Mary Harvey from the Provost’s office, to share their work and interests and build community.

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