Exterior at night

The Center at night

Side Entrance

The entrance of the CSGS

Heather Love audience

The audience listens as Lauren Berlant introduces Heather Love in 2014

Class discussion

Students participate in a classroom discussion at the Center

Héctor Carrillo

Héctor Carrillo talks with students after his book talk in 2018

Joan Scott

Joan Scott speaking at the Center in 2017


Students listen to panelists present in 2017

Community room

The Community Room at 5733 S University

center door

Center entrance

5733 exterior

The exterior of 5733 S University

Bhanu Kapil

Poet Bhanu Kapil at the Center in 2016

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

  • Artists' Salon
    Project Director: Lauren Berlant, English (on leave Fall 2017, programming will resume in 2018)
    Seeks to showcase artists creating innovative work focusing-in diverse ways, and in diverse media--on gender and sexuality.
  • Care@Chicago
    A project designed to examine and practice forms of self-care and ask what constitutes repair and relief in states and times of trauma. Co-sponsored by the Center for the Study of Race, Politics, and Culture.
  • Contexts of Coalition
    Project Director: Chase Joynt, Postdoctoral Scholar, Sociology and CSGS
    Invites activists and artists working on the vanguard of social issues to give public talks and lead practice-based workshops at CSGS for interested participants.
  • Counter Cinema/Counter Media Project
    Project Director: Jennifer Wild, Cinema and Media Studies
    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.
  • Gender, Sexuality and Global Capitalism
    Project Director: Kimberly Kay Hoang, Sociology
  • LGBTQ Studies Project
    Project Director: Lauren Berlant, English (on leave Fall 2017, programming will resume in 2018)
    An integral part of the Center, the LGBTQ Studies Project organizes research and conferences and helps provide dissertation-year fellowships to graduate students.

Visit the Projects Archive