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

Counter Cinema/Counter Media Project

The Counter Cinema/Counter Media 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. In the broadest sense, counter practice can be understood both an active opposition to the codes, uses, and ideology of mainstream film and media, and the production of an alternative grammar or set of rules for constructing meaning, narrative, and visual representation. While counter-cinema finds its history rooted largely in early experimental filmmaking and the avant-garde, the term came to the fore in the 1970s with the rise of feminism, feminist film theory, and political modernism; it extends into politically militant and collective cinema approaches and anti-colonial "Third cinema" traditions.

This project will study the history of counter cinema and media primarily as it has engaged with gender and sexuality with the aim of understanding contemporary practices and new media formations for resistance. If much of the debate between 1975-1995 centered on what women's counter-cinema should strive for or look like, this project asks: what is the visual, formal language of opposition today, and what is its relevance to the issues of gender and sexuality in 2013? Which dominant media forms, and to which audiences do counter practices address themselves now? Which aspects of resistant visual language remain potent, and which have been absorbed into the dominant vernacular of our film and media landscape? Does the form of resistance matter today?

Upcoming events

Friday, November 18 at 7:00pm
An Evening with Sarah Price
Logan Center - 915 East 60th Street, Screening Room 201