On the Frontlines: A Student’s Reflections on Ebola Crisis Oral History Research Trip to Sierra Leone and Liberia

On the Frontlines: A Student’s Reflections on Ebola Crisis Oral History Research Trip to Sierra Leone and Liberia

I had the privilege of joining the Center for the Study of Social Difference working group, On the Frontlines: Nursing Leadership in Pandemics on a week long trip to Freetown, Sierra Leone and Monrovia, Liberia in August of 2019. While there, we recorded oral histories of nurses and midwives who were active during the Ebola crisis that afflicted both Sierra Leone and Liberia between 2014 and 2016. These interviews recorded perspectives from nurses working at the level of ministries of health, to those engaged on the front-lines.  Nurses interviewed included some who treated the earliest cases, and others who were there as the last patients were discharged from the Ebola treatment centers.  Two of the nurses interviewed were themselves survivors of Ebola and everyone the project encountered had a personal story of loss from that time.  + Read More

Statement of Support for Ayse Gül Altinay from the Columbia University Center for the Study of Social Difference and Women Creating Change

Statement of Support for Ayse Gül Altinay from the Columbia University Center for the Study of Social Difference and Women Creating Change

Our colleague Ayse Gül Altinay, Professor of Anthropology and Director of the Gender and Women’s Studies Center at Sabanci University in Istanbul, Turkey, was sentenced to 25 months in prison earlier this week. She is one of over 2200 Academics for Peace who three years ago signed a statement “We will not be a party to this crime” appealing for an end to violent state-sponsored persecution of Kurdish citizens of Turkey. The investigation in Istanbul has covered only the first 1200 signatories so far, but it might be extended to the second 1000 as well. In this, her fourth, judicial hearing, Altinay was charged with “willingly and knowingly supporting a terrorist organization as a non-member.” The court’s charge and thus the sentencing have no merit.
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Disrupting Money: Puerto Rican Community Currency Project Makes Its Way to New York for the 2019 Loisaida Festival

Disrupting Money: Puerto Rican Community Currency Project Makes Its Way to New York for the 2019 Loisaida Festival

Following a successful launch earlier this year, Puerto Rican artists will begin circulating Puerto Rican ‘pesos’ at the Lower Manhattan Festival ahead of one-month residency in the city.

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RGFGV Conference Report on “Global Governance of the Intimate”

RGFGV Conference Report on “Global Governance of the Intimate”

The project on Religion and the Global Reframing of Gender Violence (RGFGV) convened a major international workshop on September 7-8, 2018. Global Governance of the Intimate was the second in a series of international workshops that opened with workshop in Amman a year earlier, hosted at the Columbia Global Center | Middle East, Amman. A group of twenty-five scholars, journalists, lawyers and activists met for two intensive days of collaborative research sharing and brainstorming at Columbia University in New York City.

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Women Creating Change Hosts Corporate Feminism & Its Discontents Round Table

Women Creating Change Hosts Corporate Feminism & Its Discontents Round Table

On Wednesday March 13, 2019 days after International Women’s Day the Center for the Study of Social Difference’s Women Creating Changed hosted a roundtable discussion to explore the successes and limitations of policies to promote diversity and inclusion in the corporate sector. Held at Maison Francaise, the “Corporate Feminism & Its Discontents” roundtable included notable speakers such as Janice Ellig, Chief Executive Officer of the Ellig Group, Professor Yasmine Ergas, lecturer and director of the Specialization on Gender and Public Policy at the School of International and Public Affairs, Melissa Fisher, a cultural anthropologist who writes on finance, feminism, and the workplace, and Katherine Phillips, the Paul Calello Professor of Leadership and Ethics at Columbia Business School. + Read More

Reframing Transgender Violence: Notes from a Two-Day Workshop

Reframing Transgender Violence: Notes from a Two-Day Workshop

On January 24-25, 2019, the Center for the Study of Social Difference presented its final scheduled public workshop in the first iteration of its Reframing Gendered Violence working group. Reframing Transgender Violence was organized by Nash Professor of Law Kendall Thomas and featured scholars, activists, attorneys, and graduate students working across issues of transgender violence and justice.

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The Pedagogy of Dignity: Prison Education, Part 2 Event Recap

The Pedagogy of Dignity: Prison Education, Part 2 Event Recap

On Sunday September 30th 2018, the Center for New Narratives in Philosophy at Columbia University hosted its second Pedagogy of Dignity workshop at Columbia’s Lenfest Center for the Arts, in connection with the Pedagogies of Dignity working group at the Center for the Study of Social Difference. The workshop brought together 40 formerly incarcerated students, academics, prison educators, activists, undergraduates, and postgraduates, to discuss the benefits and challenges of prison education, present our pedagogical ideas, and prepare participants to teach in Brooklyn Metropolitan Detention Center (MDC).

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Unpayable Debt:  A Student’s Reflections on the Launch of Max Haiven’s Art After Money, Money After Art and Caribbean Debt Syllabus, Second Edition

Unpayable Debt: A Student’s Reflections on the Launch of Max Haiven’s Art After Money, Money After Art and Caribbean Debt Syllabus, Second Edition

On October 10, 2018, the Center for the Study of Social Difference working group Unpayable Debt held an event to launch scholar Max Haiven’s book, Art After Money, Money After Art, and the second edition of Caribbean Debt Syllabus, the only digital resource available to study the significant impact of debt in Caribbean’s past and present.

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First Women Creating Change Leadership Council Meeting of the 2018 – 2019 Academic Year

First Women Creating Change Leadership Council Meeting of the 2018 – 2019 Academic Year

In advance of the Center for the Study of Social Difference’s (CSSD) Women Creating Change(WCC) five year anniversary roundtable on Thursday September 27th, the Women Creating Change Leadership Council (WCCLC) convened to review progress and discuss next steps. The WCCLC provides a critical link between the University’s faculty-led projects and  global business, academic, and civil society. It is comprised of individuals who are preeminent in the fields of business, law, government, nonprofit, social activism, and academia.
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CSSD Working Group Unpayable Debt launch of Caribbean Syllabus: Second Edition and Max Haiven’s “Art After Money, Money After Art”

CSSD Working Group Unpayable Debt launch of Caribbean Syllabus: Second Edition and Max Haiven’s “Art After Money, Money After Art”

On October 10, 2018, the working group, Unpayable Debt: Capital, Violence and the New Global Economy, led by professors Frances Negrón-Muntaner and Sarah Muir, hosted a launch event for the Second Edition of the #NoMoreDebt: Caribbean Syllabus. The group also launched the book Art After Money, Money After Art: Creative Strategies Against Financialization by Max Haiven, Canada Research Chair in Culture, Media, and Social Justice at Lakehead University.

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Women Creating Change (WCC) Celebrates Fifth Anniversary

Women Creating Change (WCC) Celebrates Fifth Anniversary

This September marked not only the ten year anniversary of the Center for the Study of Social Difference (CSSD) but, the five year anniversary of CSSD’s project Women Creating Change (WCC), one of two streams of research and galvanization that engages distinguished feminist scholars from diverse fields throughout Columbia University who focus on contemporary global problems affecting women and on the roles women play in addressing these problems. + Read More

Introduction to “Arts of Intervention” panel featuring Ricardo Dominguez, Sama Alshaibi, Miya Masaoka, and Saidiya Hartman

Introduction to “Arts of Intervention” panel featuring Ricardo Dominguez, Sama Alshaibi, Miya Masaoka, and Saidiya Hartman

The following is the prelude by Carol Becker (Dean of the School of the Arts at Columbia) to the roundtable discussion “Arts of Intervention” at the anniversary conference of the Center for the Study of Social Difference (CSSD), “What We Can Do When There’s Nothing To Be Done: Strategies for Change,” which was held on September 28, 2018 at The Forum at Columbia University, New York, New York: + Read More

Of Waves, Tides and (Feminist) Tsunamis: a Student Response to What We CAN Do When There’s Nothing To Be Done

Of Waves, Tides and (Feminist) Tsunamis: a Student Response to What We CAN Do When There’s Nothing To Be Done

The following was written in response to the tenth anniversary symposium of the Center for the Study of Social Difference (CSSD), held at The Forum at Columbia on September 28, 2018, by Mayte López, Graduate Teaching Fellow in the PhD Program in Latin American, Iberian, and Latino Cultures (LAILaC) at The Graduate Center, CUNY: + Read More

Menstrual Health and Gender Justice Working Group Launches with Expert Panel: Menstruation is Having its Moment – How Can Scholars Engage?

Menstrual Health and Gender Justice Working Group Launches with Expert Panel: Menstruation is Having its Moment – How Can Scholars Engage?

On September 20, 2018, the Center for the Study of Social Difference (CSSD) and the Institute for the Study of Human Rights sponsored the launch of a new CSSD working group: Menstrual Health and Gender Justice. The event featured an expert panel addressing some of the most pressing questions related to menstrual health.  + Read More

Professor Inga Winkler Speaks at UN Event on Menstrual Health

Professor Inga Winkler Speaks at UN Event on Menstrual Health

On July 11, 2018, Simavi and WSSCC hosted a panel discussion during the UN’s High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development, about “Putting Menstrual Health on the 2030 Agenda,” which featured Institute for the Study of Human Rights professor Dr. Inga Winkler as both the keynote speaker and a panelist. Dr. Winkler is director of the Menstrual Health and Gender Justice working group at the Center for the Study of Social Difference at Columbia University.

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Cinnamon Bloss: “Consumers, Citizens, and Crowds in the Age of Precision Medicine”

Cinnamon Bloss: “Consumers, Citizens, and Crowds in the Age of Precision Medicine”

Professor Cinnamon Bloss (UC San Diego) gave a fascinating talk for the Precision Medicine: Ethics, Politics and Culture working group at the Center for the Study of Social Difference on February 15, 2018.

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Dr. Susan Markens talks about ethics and genetic counseling with the CSSD/PM&S Precision Medicine group

Dr. Susan Markens talks about ethics and genetic counseling with the CSSD/PM&S Precision Medicine group

On January 22, 2018, the Precision Medicine: Ethics, Politics, and Culture CSSD/PM&S working group welcomed Dr. Susan Markens (CUNY-Lehman College) for its first talk of the semester, titled The Genomic Revolution, Genetic Counselors, and “Doing Ethics.” Dr. Markens presented her qualitative findings based on her research about the perspectives of genetic counselors towards the increasing availability and use of genetic science and testing. + Read More

Kadija Ferryman: “Fairness in Precision Medicine”

Kadija Ferryman: “Fairness in Precision Medicine”

Kadija Ferryman’s talk on November 30, 2017 for the Precision Medicine: Ethics, Politics, and Culture CSSD working group drew from her post-doctoral project, “Fairness in Precision Medicine,” a study on which she is co-PI with danah boyd at the Data and Society Institute. + Read More

Reframing Gendered Violence presented “Gender and the Technologies of State Violence” in November

Reframing Gendered Violence presented “Gender and the Technologies of State Violence” in November

On November 16, 2017, the CSSD working group Reframing Gendered Violence presented “Gender and the Technologies of State Violence: Innocence-Disposability-Resilience” in the Case Lounge of Jerome Greene Hall at Columbia Law School, along with the Center for Gender and Sexuality Law.
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CSSD Project on Religion and the Global Framing of Gender Violence Convenes Workshop in Amman

CSSD Project on Religion and the Global Framing of Gender Violence Convenes Workshop in Amman

A project of Columbia University’s Center for the Study of Social Difference, “Religion and the Global Framing of Gender Violence” (RGFGV), held a two-day workshop in September to explore and debate critical developments in the global framing of gender-based violence. + Read More

“The Economics of Precision Medicine and Disparities in Health,” a talk by Dr. Kristopher Hult

“The Economics of Precision Medicine and Disparities in Health,” a talk by Dr. Kristopher Hult

The second Fall 2017 talk of the CSSD working group Precision Medicine: Ethics, Politics, and Culture (PMEPC) featured Dr. Kristopher Hult. In his presentation, “The Economics of Precision Medicine and Disparities in Health,” Dr. Hult shared his research and outlook on the potential of personalized medicine to increase the health impact of existing treatments, and thereby improve patient outcomes.
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A Human Origin Story in the Age of Biotech, Race, and Science: A Talk with Priscilla Wald

A Human Origin Story in the Age of Biotech, Race, and Science: A Talk with Priscilla Wald

Priscilla Wald, Professor of English and Women’s Studies at Duke University, presented her talk “Cells, Genes and Stories: HeLa and the Patenting of Life” as part of the CSSD project Precision Medicine: Ethics, Politics and Culture, followed by a discussion with the Precision Medicine working group in September.
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Reframing Gendered Violence Project Featured in EuropeNow Journal

Reframing Gendered Violence Project Featured in EuropeNow Journal

CSSD’s project on Reframing Gendered Violence was featured in the July issue of EuropeNow, which was dedicated to “The Gender of Power.” + Read More

Frances Negrón-Muntaner Profiled on Univision

Frances Negrón-Muntaner Profiled on Univision

Frances Negrón-Muntaner, director of CSSD’s working group on Unpayable Debt and award-winning filmmaker, writer, curator, scholar and professor of English and Comparative Literature at Columbia University, was profiled on Univision. + Read More

Alice Kessler-Harris Launched Second Half of MOOC

Alice Kessler-Harris Launched Second Half of MOOC

The second part of a MOOC created by Alice Kessler-Harris, past director of CSSD’s working group on Social Justice After the Welfare State and Professor of American History Emerita at Columbia University, was recently launched by Columbia and the Center for Women’s History at the New-York Historical Society. “Women Have Always Worked: The U.S. Experience 1700 – 1920” started this past fall and is available free to the public. View the MOOC here.

 

 

 

Narratives of Debt Conference  Surveys Puerto Rican Debt and Beyond

Narratives of Debt Conference Surveys Puerto Rican Debt and Beyond

On April 21st 2017, CSSD’s Unpayable Debt working group and the Oikos working group at New York University’s Institute for Public Knowledge hosted the “Narratives of Debt” conference. + Read More

PUBLISHED: Susan Meiselas’ “A Room of Their Own” featured in The Guardian.

PUBLISHED: Susan Meiselas’ “A Room of Their Own” featured in The Guardian.

Susan Meiselas, photographer and member of CSSD’s Women Mobilizing Memory and Reframing Gendered Violence working groups, was recently featured in an article in The Guardian about A Room of Their Own, her new book of photos documenting residents of women’s refuges in Black Country, England. + Read More

PUBLISHED: Marianne Hirsch Publishes Op-ed on truthout.org about Growing Up in an Autocracy

PUBLISHED: Marianne Hirsch Publishes Op-ed on truthout.org about Growing Up in an Autocracy

Marianne Hirsch, Professor of English and Comparative Literature and Professor of Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies and co-director of CSSD’s Reframing Gendered Violence working group, recently published an op-ed on the truthout website titled “Three Lessons About Autocracy I Learned as a Child in Communist Romania.” + Read More

CSSD Announces Media Fellows for Religion and Global Framing of Gender Violence Project

CSSD Announces Media Fellows for Religion and Global Framing of Gender Violence Project

CSSD recently announced the winners of its competition for media fellows joining its project on “Religion and the Global Framing of Gender Violence.” Supported by a grant from the Henry Luce Foundation, the project brings together an international community of scholars, practitioners, journalists, and activists to study the role of religion in naming, framing, and governing gendered violence, with a focus on the Middle East and South Asia. + Read More

PUBLISHED: Rebecca Jordan-Young Publishes on Current Debates Around Sex and Neuroscience in The Guardian

PUBLISHED: Rebecca Jordan-Young Publishes on Current Debates Around Sex and Neuroscience in The Guardian

Rebecca Jordan-Young, Associate Professor of Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies at Barnard College and past director of CSSD’s working group on Science and Social Difference, recently published an article in The Guardian called “We’ve been labelled ‘anti-sex difference’ for demanding greater scientific rigour.” + Read More

CSSD’s Unpayable Debt Working Group Releases Digital Syllabus Explaining Puerto Rican Debt Crisis

CSSD’s Unpayable Debt Working Group Releases Digital Syllabus Explaining Puerto Rican Debt Crisis

On May Day, 2017, CSSD’s Unpayable Debt working group launched its PRSyllabus, a resource to study Puerto Rico’s $70 billion debt crisis in the context of over one hundred years of colonial governance by the United States. + Read More

Rural-Urban Interface Working Group Uses Humanities to Analyze Interviews with Migrants in Accra and Nairobi

Rural-Urban Interface Working Group Uses Humanities to Analyze Interviews with Migrants in Accra and Nairobi

On April 21st, the Center for the Study of Social Difference sponsored a presentation and discussion of work in progress by the CSSD working group The Rural-Urban Interface: Gender and Poverty in Ghana and Kenya, Statistics and Stories. + Read More

KEYWORDS PANEL DISCUSSION: “Justice” defined in legal, institutional, and environmental terms

KEYWORDS PANEL DISCUSSION: “Justice” defined in legal, institutional, and environmental terms

On March 23rd, CSSD presented its 2017 Keywords Roundtable Discussion featuring panelists from various departmental homes who discussed definitions of the word “justice.” + Read More

Jackie Leach Scully Discusses Precision Medicine, Embodiment, Self & Disability

Jackie Leach Scully Discusses Precision Medicine, Embodiment, Self & Disability

On March 9, 2017, Dr. Jackie Leach Scully, Professor and Executive Director of PEALS (Policy, Ethics and Life Sciences) Research Center at Newcastle University in Newcastle, UK, led a thought-provoking and insightful seminar and discussion on “Precision Medicine, Embodiment, Self & Disability” as part of CSSD’s project on Precision Medicine: Ethics, Politics and Culture. + Read More

PANEL DISCUSSION: Photographers and Journalists Document Gendered Refugee Experience

PANEL DISCUSSION: Photographers and Journalists Document Gendered Refugee Experience

“In recent days, we’ve seen the supposed prevalence of violence against women in Muslim countries used to justify travel bans and immigration prohibitions,” remarked Jean Howard, George Delacorte Professor in the Humanities, as she introduced Refugees and Gender Violence: Media and the Arts, the latest event in a two-year series on Reframing Gendered Violence, co-sponsored by the Center for the Study of Social Difference, and the Dean of the Humanities. + Read More

PANEL DISCUSSION: Gender Roles, Violence and the Refugee Experience in Mexico, the United States, and the European Union

PANEL DISCUSSION: Gender Roles, Violence and the Refugee Experience in Mexico, the United States, and the European Union

In February, CSSD’s Reframing Gendered Violence working group presented a panel discussion on “Refugees and Gender Violence: Vulnerability and Resistance” that addressed the current conditions of forced migration in various parts of the world and the formations around gender roles and gendered violence it has created. + Read More

FORTHCOMING: Tina Campt’s “Listening to Images” Investigates Archive of Photos of Black Diaspora

FORTHCOMING: Tina Campt’s “Listening to Images” Investigates Archive of Photos of Black Diaspora

Tina Campt‘s Listening to Images, soon to be published by Duke University Press, was originally conceived in the CSSD project she co-directed called Engendering the Archives. + Read More

Jacqueline Chin Presents on “Precision Medicine: Privacy & Family Relations”

Jacqueline Chin Presents on “Precision Medicine: Privacy & Family Relations”

Dr. Jacqueline Chin, Associate Professor at the Centre for Biomedical Ethics, Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine, Singapore spoke in February on the subject of “Precision Medicine: Privacy & Family Relations” for CSSD’s project on Precision Medicine: Ethics, Politics, and Culture.   + Read More

DISCUSSION: Refugees and Gender Violence: Media and the Arts on Thursday, March 30

DISCUSSION: Refugees and Gender Violence: Media and the Arts on Thursday, March 30

CSSD presents “Refugees and Gender Violence: Media and the Arts,” Thursday, March 30th, 2017, from 4:10 – 6 p.m. in Butler Library 523.  Presenters include Bikem Ekberzade, Photojournalist, Turkey, on “The Refugee Project: Anatomizing Gendered Violence,” Susan Meiselas, Photographer, Magnum Photos, on “A Room of Their Own,” and Sarah Stillman, Columbia School of Journalism, The New Yorker, on the “Global Migration Project.” + Read More

Alice Kessler-Harris’ “Women Have Always Worked” MOOC Launched

Alice Kessler-Harris’ “Women Have Always Worked” MOOC Launched

The first part of the “Women Have Always Worked” MOOC (massive open online course), led by Alice Kessler-Harris, R. Gordon Hoxie Professor of American History Emerita at Columbia University and former project director of CSSD’s Social Justice After the Welfare State, was recently launched on the edX platform. + Read More

DISCUSSION: Keyword: Justice–Interdisciplinary Conversation on Thursday, March 23!

DISCUSSION: Keyword: Justice–Interdisciplinary Conversation on Thursday, March 23!

On Thursday, March 23, 2017 from 4:30 – 6:30 p.m., CSSD and the Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Council will co-host a Keywords: Interdisciplinary Roundtable Conversation on the keyword “Justice” in Butler Library 203, Columbia University. + Read More

CSSD Call for Proposals for Fall 2017 Projects Extended to March 20

CSSD Call for Proposals for Fall 2017 Projects Extended to March 20

CSSD’S deadline for proposal submissions for 2017 projects has been extended to Monday, March 20th. Proposals may be submitted for consideration by any Columbia or Barnard faculty member(s) whose project aligns with the mission of CSSD.

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Jackie Leach Scully Speaks on Precision Medicine, Ethics, Politics, and Culture on March 9

Jackie Leach Scully Speaks on Precision Medicine, Ethics, Politics, and Culture on March 9

On March 9th, the CSSD project Precision Medicine: Ethics, Politics and Culture will host Jackie Leach Scully for a lecture at Columbia.  Leach Scully is Professor of Social Ethics and Bioethics, and Executive Director, Policy, Ethics and Life Sciences Research Centre, Newcastle University, UK. + Read More

Anupama Rao Publishes New York Times Opinion Piece on Indian Supreme Court Ruling

Anupama Rao Publishes New York Times Opinion Piece on Indian Supreme Court Ruling

Anupama Rao, Associate Professor of History, Barnard College, and director of the recently completed CSSD project on Gender and the Global Slum, published an opinion piece in the New York Times on an Indian Supreme Court ruling that bans political appeals to identity.

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David Scott Wins Distinguished Editor Prize from the Council of Learned Journals

David Scott Wins Distinguished Editor Prize from the Council of Learned Journals

David Scott, Professor of Anthropology at the Institute for Research in African American Studies, Columbia University, and former co-director of CSSD’s Digital Black Atlantic Project, received the Distinguished Editor prize from the Council of Editors of Learned Journals for his work on Small Axe: A Caribbean Journal of Criticism.

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Jacqueline L. Chin Discusses “Precision Medicine, Privacy, and Family Relations” on February 9

Jacqueline L. Chin Discusses “Precision Medicine, Privacy, and Family Relations” on February 9

On February 9, the CSSD working group Precision Medicine: Ethics, Politics, and Culture will host a discussion by Jacqueline L. Chin, Associate Professor, Centre for Biomedical Ethics, Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine, National University of Singapore, on the topic of “Precision Medicine, Privacy, and Family Relations.” + Read More

CONFERENCE: “China and Africa at a Crossroads: Revisiting the Legacy of Bandung Humanisms”

CONFERENCE: “China and Africa at a Crossroads: Revisiting the Legacy of Bandung Humanisms”

The CSSD working group Bandung Humanisms hosted the conference “China and Africa at a Crossroads: Revisiting the Legacy of Bandung Humanisms.”   + Read More

Refugees and Gender Violence: Vulnerability and Resistance

Refugees and Gender Violence: Vulnerability and Resistance

On Thursday, February 9, CSSD presents a panel discussion on “Refugees and Gender Violence: Vulnerability and Resistance” from 4:10 to 6 p.m. in 523 Butler Library. This is the third panel discussion in a two-year series called Reframing Gendered Violence. + Read More

Lila Abu-Lughod Reviews Katherine Zoepf’s “Excellent Daughters: The Secret Lives of Young Women Who Are Transforming the Arab World”

Lila Abu-Lughod Reviews Katherine Zoepf’s “Excellent Daughters: The Secret Lives of Young Women Who Are Transforming the Arab World”

Lila Abu-Lughod, Joseph L. Buttenwieser Professor of Social Science, Columbia University and director of CSSD’s working group on Religion and the Global Framing of Gender Violence, reviewed Katherine Zoepf’s Excellent Daughters: The Secret Lives of Young Women Who Are Transforming the Arab World  in the latest issue of the Women’s Review of Books. + Read More

Ruha Benjamin on “Can the Subaltern Genome Code? Reimagining Innovation and Equity in the Era of Precision Medicine”

Ruha Benjamin on “Can the Subaltern Genome Code? Reimagining Innovation and Equity in the Era of Precision Medicine”

In November, Ruha Benjamin, Assistant Professor in the Department of African American Studies at Princeton University, visited CSSD’s Project on Precision Medicine: Ethics, Politics, and Culture to argue for a re-imagining of innovation and equity in the era of precision medicine. + Read More

Laura Ciolkowski Discusses Rape Culture and “Locker Room Talk” on WFUV Podcast “Issues Tank”

Laura Ciolkowski Discusses Rape Culture and “Locker Room Talk” on WFUV Podcast “Issues Tank”

Laura Ciolkowski, Associate Director of the Center for the Study of Social Difference and Adjunct Associate Professor of English and Comparative Literature at Columbia University, was interviewed on the WFUV podcast “Issues Tank” on the subject of rape culture and “locker room talk.” + Read More

Paige West and J.C. Salyer Discuss Dispossession and Capital Accumulation in the Context of Papua New Guinea

Paige West and J.C. Salyer Discuss Dispossession and Capital Accumulation in the Context of Papua New Guinea

Paige West, Claire Tow Professor of Anthropology (Columbia), and J.C. Salyer, Staff Attorney for the Arab-American Family Support Center and Term Assistant Professor of Practice in Sociology (Barnard), were interviewed for a blog by the Center for Energy and Environmental Research in the Human Sciences at Rice University. + Read More

DISCUSSION: Framing Religion and Gender Violence—Beyond the Muslim Question

DISCUSSION: Framing Religion and Gender Violence—Beyond the Muslim Question

“Why and when is religion invoked in global responses to gendered violence? What roles are attributed to religion? What categories of the religious become seen as credible in anti-violence work?” + Read More

Aditya Bharadwaj Discusses Cultivated Cures: Ethnographic Encounters with Contentious Stem Cell Regenerations in India

Aditya Bharadwaj Discusses Cultivated Cures: Ethnographic Encounters with Contentious Stem Cell Regenerations in India

In October, the CSSD working group Precision Medicine: Ethics, Politics and Culture hosted Aditya Bharadwaj, Professor of Anthropology and Sociology of Development at the Graduate Institute, Geneva, who presented his work on “Cultivated Cures: Ethnographic Encounters with Contentious Stem Cell Regenerations in India.” + Read More

Laura Ciolkowski’s Rape Culture Syllabus in Public Books

Laura Ciolkowski’s Rape Culture Syllabus in Public Books

Laura Ciolkowski, Associate Director of the Center for the Study of Social Difference and Adjunct Associate Professor of English and Comparative Literature at Columbia University, published her Rape Culture Syllabus in the October 15th issue of Public Books. + Read More

Katherine Franke Writes about #BlackLivesMatter and the Question of Palestinian Genocide

Katherine Franke Writes about #BlackLivesMatter and the Question of Palestinian Genocide

Katherine Franke, CSSD Faculty Fellow and Professor of Law and Director, Center for the Study of Law and Culture, Columbia Law School, blogged on The Nakba Files about #BlackLivesMatter and the question of genocide in Palestine. + Read More

James Tabery Traces History of The Human Genome Project with CSSD’s Precision Medicine Working Group

James Tabery Traces History of The Human Genome Project with CSSD’s Precision Medicine Working Group

On September 15, the Precision Medicine: Ethics, Politics, and Culture working group kicked off its first semester with a talk by James Tabery, Professor of Philosophy and Medicine at the University of Utah. + Read More

CSSD Co-sponsors Dissent Issue Launch Concerning the Feminist Movement’s Response to Trump Presidency

CSSD Co-sponsors Dissent Issue Launch Concerning the Feminist Movement’s Response to Trump Presidency

Dissent magazine’s editors and contributors are gathering Tuesday, November 22, 6:30 p.m. at The New School for an issue launch focused on the challenges feminists will face under a Trump presidency, and how feminist movements can fight back. + Read More

DISCUSSION: Is Gender Violence Governable? A Panel on International Feminist Regulation

DISCUSSION: Is Gender Violence Governable? A Panel on International Feminist Regulation

“Over the last few decades Violence Against Women (VAW) and, increasingly, Gender Based Violence (GBV), have come to prominence as sites for activism,” explained Lila Abu-Lughod, Joseph L. Buttenwieser Professor of Social Science and Co-Director of the CSSD project on “Religion and the Global Framing of Gender Violence.”  + Read More

Frances Negrón-Muntaner on CBS Sunday Morning Discussing “Latinos and the Vote”

Frances Negrón-Muntaner on CBS Sunday Morning Discussing “Latinos and the Vote”

Frances Negrón-Muntaner, Professor of English and Comparative Literature, Center for the Study of Ethnicity and Race and director of the CSSD project on Unpayable Debt: Capital, Violence, and the New Global Economy, appeared on a CBS Sunday Morning program about “Latinos and the Vote.” + Read More

China and Africa at a Crossroads:  Revisiting the Legacy of Bandung Humanisms

China and Africa at a Crossroads: Revisiting the Legacy of Bandung Humanisms

​CSSD’s Bandung Humanisms working group presents a panel discussion on “China and Africa at a Crossroads: Revisiting the Legacy of Bandung Humanisms” on October 24, 2016, from 1-5:30 p.m. at the Heyman Center Common Room, Columbia University.

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Rachel Adams Publishes Article about Japanese Massacre and Ambivalence Toward People With Disabilities

Rachel Adams Publishes Article about Japanese Massacre and Ambivalence Toward People With Disabilities

Rachel Adams, CSSD Director, Professor of English and American Studies at Columbia University, and director of the CSSD project on Precision Medicine: Ethics, Politics and Culture, recently published an article in the Independent on the universal ambivalence toward people with disabilities.

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Josef Sorett Interviewed about “Spirit in the Dark: A Religious History of Racial Aesthetics”

Josef Sorett Interviewed about “Spirit in the Dark: A Religious History of Racial Aesthetics”

Josef Sorett, Associate Professor of Religion and African-American Studies at Columbia University and former CSSD executive committee member, was featured in an interview on the African American Intellectual History Society blog.

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Alice Kessler-Harris Receives American Historical Association Award

Alice Kessler-Harris Receives American Historical Association Award

Alice Kessler-Harris, R. Gordon Hoxie Professor of American History Emerita of American History at Columbia University and director of the CSSD project on “Social Justice After the Welfare State,” recently received an American Historical Association Award for Scholarly Distinction to senior historians for lifetime achievement.

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Reframing Gendered Violence Group Holds “Is Gender Violence Governable? A Panel on International Feminist Regulation” on October 13th

Reframing Gendered Violence Group Holds “Is Gender Violence Governable? A Panel on International Feminist Regulation” on October 13th

On Thursday, October 13th, CSSD presents “Is Gender Violence Governable?: A Panel on International Feminist Regulation” at 4:15 p.m. in 203 Butler Library. + Read More

Precision Medicine Working Group Presents Aditya Bharadwaj, October 13, on “Cultivated Cures: Ethnographic Encounters with Contentious Stem Cell Regenerations in India”

Precision Medicine Working Group Presents Aditya Bharadwaj, October 13, on “Cultivated Cures: Ethnographic Encounters with Contentious Stem Cell Regenerations in India”

CSSD’s Precision Medicine working group presents Aditya Bharadwaj, Research Professor, The Graduate Institute, Geneva, on “Cultivated Cures: Ethics, Politics, and Culture Ethnographic Encounters with Contentious Stem Cell Regenerations in India” on October 13th, 2016 from 5-7 p.m. at 754 Schermerhorn Extension. + Read More

Rachel Adams Directs New CSSD Group Addressing the Ethical, Cultural, Political, and Historical Questions Around Precision Medicine

Rachel Adams Directs New CSSD Group Addressing the Ethical, Cultural, Political, and Historical Questions Around Precision Medicine

CSSD is initiating a broad-based exploration of questions raised by precision medicine—an emerging approach for disease treatment and prevention that takes into account individual variability in genes, environment, and lifestyle for each person—in such fields as law, ethics, social sciences, and the humanities. + Read More

Lila Abu-Lughod Directs New Project on “Religion and the Global Framing of Gender Violence”

Lila Abu-Lughod Directs New Project on “Religion and the Global Framing of Gender Violence”

CSSD is housing a new three-year initiative on “Religion and the Global Framing of Gender Violence,” to be co-directed by Professor Lila Abu-Lughod (Institute for Research on Women, Gender, and Sexuality/Anthropology). + Read More

“Concept Histories of the Urban” Workshop Concludes Gender and the Global Slum Project

“Concept Histories of the Urban” Workshop Concludes Gender and the Global Slum Project

“Concept Histories of the Urban” was the final meeting of the CSSD working group Gender and the Global Slum. The two-day workshop on September 16-17, 2016 was organized by by Anupama Rao and Casey Primel, and supported by CSSD, the Center for the Study of Science and Society, Institute for Comparative Literature and Society, and the Heyman Center for the Humanities. + Read More

CSSD Releases 2015-16 Annual Report

CSSD Releases 2015-16 Annual Report

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JUST PUBLISHED: “Vulnerability in Resistance” Edited by Judith Butler and CSSD Project Members Zeynep Gambetti and Leticia Sabsay

JUST PUBLISHED: “Vulnerability in Resistance” Edited by Judith Butler and CSSD Project Members Zeynep Gambetti and Leticia Sabsay

The volume Vulnerability in Resistance, which grew out of the workshop “Rethinking Vulnerability and Resistance: Feminism and Social Change” that took place at Columbia’s Global Center in Istanbul in 2013, has been published by Duke University Press.  The introduction to the volume is available here, free of charge.

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Frances Negrón-Muntaner Appears on HBO’s “Habla y Vota”

Frances Negrón-Muntaner Appears on HBO’s “Habla y Vota”

Frances Negrón-Muntaner, Professor of English and Comparative Literature, Center for the Study of Ethnicity and Race and Project Director for CSSD’s project on  “Unpayable Debt: Capital, Violence, and the New Global Economy” recently appeared on an episode of HBO Latino’s “Habla y Vota” discussing Latinos’ influence on U.S. politics.

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“The Invisible Labor of Women’s Studies”: Paige West and Lila Abu-Lughod Featured in the Atlantic Magazine

“The Invisible Labor of Women’s Studies”: Paige West and Lila Abu-Lughod Featured in the Atlantic Magazine

Paige West, Professor of Anthropology at Barnard and Columbia and director of CSSD’s project on Pacific Climate Circuits and Lila Abu-Lughod, Professor of Anthropology and Women’s and Gender Studies at Columbia and director of CSSD’s project on Gender, Religion, and Law in Muslim Societies, were featured in the recent Atlantic article “The Invisible Labor of Women’s Studies.” + Read More

Gayatri Spivak Discusses Violence and the Marginalized in New York Times Interview

Gayatri Spivak Discusses Violence and the Marginalized in New York Times Interview

Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak, co-director of the CSSD project “The Rural Urban Interface: Gender and Poverty in Ghana and Kenya” and University Professor in the Humanities at Columbia University, was recently interviewed by the New York Times for an article on the nature of violence among marginalized people. + Read More

Frances Negrón-Muntaner Directs Video Series on Aging Former Inmates Reentering Society

Frances Negrón-Muntaner Directs Video Series on Aging Former Inmates Reentering Society

Frances Negrón-Muntaner, Associate Professor of English and Comparative Literature and co-director of the CSSD project “Unpayable Debt: Capital, Violence, and the New Global Economy,” recently directed the video “Life Outside: Rosalie Comes Home,” the first in a series documenting formerly incarcerated people over the age of 60 who are released from prison after having served lengthy sentences.

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