5733 exterior

The exterior of 5733 S University

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

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

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.

2015-16 Series: They've Got a Mouth on Them

What happens when performance, pleasure, and politics come together? How do they challenge and change each other? What happens to pleasure when politics is in the room and what happens to politics when comedy, trauma, and searching minds converge? What is relationship between consciousness raising and pleasure stimulation?

This year, the Artists’ Salon and the LGBTQ Studies Project at Center for Study of Gender and Sexuality with support from the Chicago Performance Lab and Infrastructures of the Comedic are sponsoring four events that cross-over comedy, witnessing, narrative, liveness, and the possibility that the changes aesthetic pleasure induce can have a memorable and positive impact.

All performances will have a public question and conversation phase.

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