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

  • 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.

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