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

LGBTQ Studies Project

The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgendered and Queer Studies Project (LGBTQ Studies Project) organizes research projects and conferences and provides fellowships to graduate students. It provides an interdisciplinary locus for Chicago faculty and graduate students who study the historical, cultural, and textual construction of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and other queer identities, cultures, and politics; analyze those formations or the dominant culture and social theory from the perspective of queer theory.

Lauren Berlant, Director

2016-2017 Series

This year the LGBTQ Studies project focuses on queer art as conceptual art that collects, disturbs and repairs our commonly held objects of intimacy and our expectations of critical argument. Enmeshing theory and performance, this year's guests refuse the priority of abstract over affective perception, assuming that all are defined with, against, and inside of each other. And they don’t assume that critique equals a refusal of attachment or pleasure, but an interest in them. During Winter ’17, Joshua Chambers-Letson will speak on "Nina Simone and the work of Minoritarian Performance” (February 9) and E. Patrick Johnson will perform reflections on his projects on Southern gayness, Sweet Tea and The Beekeeper: Performing Southern Black Women Who Love Women (January 12) letting us into what it’s like to embody live humans of a variety of genders and sexual practices in his translations of interviews into performance. In the fall, Lily Hoang and Jackie Wang will be reading from their autobiographical and poetic works, and running a workshop on Monsters, Trauma, and Writing (October 27-28). Ann Cvetkovich will also lecture and run a writing workshop under the rubric, "Writing as Archival Practice,” (November 3).

2016-2017 Events

Thursday, October 27 at 4:30pm
Lily Hoang + Jackie Wang: Reading and discussion
CSGS - 5733 S University Ave, Community Room

Friday, October 28 at 12:00pm
Lily Hoang + Jackie Wang // Workshop: “Feeling Out of Space: Trauma Monsters and Magic”
CSGS - 5733 S University Ave, First Floor Seminar Room

Thursday, November 3 at 4:30pm
Ann Cvetkovich, "Writing as Archival Practice: A Lecture/Writing, Theory/Practice Workshop Hybrid"
CSGS - 5733 S University Ave, Community Room

Thursday, January 12 at 4:30pm
E. Patrick Johnson, "The Beekeeper: Performing Black Southern Women Who Love Women"
CSGS - 5733 S University Ave, Community Room

Thursday, February 9 at 4:30pm
Joshua Chambers-Letson, "Nina Simone and the work of Minoritarian Performance"
CSGS - 5733 S University Ave, Community Room

Training New Scholars

Training the next generation of lesbian, gay, and queer studies scholars is central to the mission of the University of Chicago's LGBTQ Studies Project. Project faculty have advised graduate students in history, anthropology, English, East Asian studies, political science, human development, sociology, and other fields. These students are conducting original archival research, fieldwork, and critical textual analyses that will produce fundamental new knowledge and insights into contemporary debates over homosexuality and the historical development of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and other "queer" identities, cultures, and politics in a variety of cultural settings and historical periods. Students have studied and compared these processes around the world — in India, South Africa, Argentina, Brazil, and Canada, as well as the United States. Supporting their work is crucial, since it will both advance our knowledge of sexuality and transgender issues and speed the integration of gay scholarship into the major disciplines and college teaching.

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