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

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. In the last several years, experimental and indie video games, as well as analog genres such as tabletop and live-action role-playing games, have emerged as a novel means for engaging with issues such as depression, transgender identities, anxiety, addiction, transgender and queer identities, homophobia, and sexual violence. In this project, we will invite undergraduate students, graduate students, and faculty to participate in a series of events that focus on play as a form of inquiry into questions of world-building and negotiating social difference.

Upcoming Events

  • Jan 17: D&D Curious?
    Ever wonder what its like to be an orc? Join the Alternate Realities & Virtual Worlds series as we play Dungeons & Drgaons, the original role-playing game. This is an introduction for those who might not have had a chance to learn this game as kids, and to play with thoughtful and friendly folks. We'll play, and talk about what it means to imagine yourself as something else.
  • Jan 31: Players Wanted, DMs Needed
    This is the second in our series of role-playing nights, and we invite you back to adventure again. In the last session players created characters and were introduced to our world, now we will bring those characters to life in an adventure. We have character sheets ready for those of you who couldn't make the first event. If you've never roleplayed before, we want to show you the ropes!
  • Feb 14th: Critical Failure, Critical Success
    The third event in our roleplaying series, in this game night we will try out several recent and independely produced roleplaying games that deal with gender and sexuality. Play as a guide for Bluebeard's Wife, form a queer utopian commune, conspire to bring together two renaissance princes. All this and more!