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.