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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Katherine Pratt Ewing Awarded Grant by American Council of Learned Societies for Sufi/Salafi Research

Katherine Pratt Ewing Awarded Grant by American Council of Learned Societies for Sufi/Salafi Research

Katherine Pratt Ewing, Professor of Religion, Columbia University, and co-director of CSSD’s project “Gender, Religion and Law in Muslim Societies,” was awarded a grant by the American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS) for her project on “Sufis, Salafis, and the Public Square.”

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Marianne Hirsch Elected to American Academy of Arts and Sciences

Marianne Hirsch Elected to American Academy of Arts and Sciences

Marianne Hirsch, co-director of CSSD’s Women Mobilizing Memory project and Professor of English and Comparative Literature and of Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at Columbia University, was elected a 2016 member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.   + Read More

Jean Howard Awarded Honorary Doctorate from Brown University

Jean Howard Awarded Honorary Doctorate from Brown University

Jean Howard, George Delacorte Professor in the Humanities at Columbia University, co-director of CSSD’s Women Mobilizing Memory working group, and former director of CSSD, was awarded an honorary doctorate by Brown University. + Read More

CSSD Fellow Susan Meiselas Receives Honorary Doctorate from Columbia

CSSD Fellow Susan Meiselas Receives Honorary Doctorate from Columbia

Documentary photographer Susan Meiselas  and member of CSSD working group Women Mobilizing Memory recently received an honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters from Columbia University. + Read More

CSSD Funds New Working Group Addressing the Politics of Unpayable Debt and Its Effect on Social Mobilization

CSSD Funds New Working Group Addressing the Politics of Unpayable Debt and Its Effect on Social Mobilization

CSSD has awarded a two-year grant for $35,000 to an interdisciplinary faculty group that is developing a comparative research and public engagement project examining the emergence and impact of massive debt on vulnerable polities and populations. + Read More

Keywords: Roundtable Discussion on “Choice”

Keywords: Roundtable Discussion on “Choice”

In a liberal democracy like that of the United States, much pride is drawn from a putative freedom to make choices and the existence of many options to choose from. The reality is much more circumscribed, according to the panelists at the seventh annual Keywords Roundtable Discussion, which recently addressed the word “choice.”

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Laura Ciolkowski Teaches Literature Humanities at Women’s Prison

Laura Ciolkowski Teaches Literature Humanities at Women’s Prison

Laura Ciolkowski, CSSD Associate Director and Adjunct Associate Professor of English and Comparative Literature, Columbia University, was recently featured in a Reuters story about the literature humanities course she teaches at the Taconic Correctional Facility, a medium security women’s prison in Bedford Hills, New York. + Read More

Rachel Adams Talks to Al Jazeera about Arthur Miller’s Treatment of his Disabled Son

Rachel Adams Talks to Al Jazeera about Arthur Miller’s Treatment of his Disabled Son

Rachel Adams, CSSD director and Professor of English and American Studies at Columbia University, appeared on Al Jazeera to discuss American playwright Arthur Miller, who institutionalized and never publicly acknowledged his son Daniel, who has Down Syndrome. + Read More

Caribbean Digital II Surveys the Past and Future of Diasporic Communications

Caribbean Digital II Surveys the Past and Future of Diasporic Communications

“The Caribbean is preparing the future,” said David Scott, Professor of Anthropology, Columbia University, as he introduced the second installment of “The Caribbean Digital,” a conference organized by CSSD’s Digital Black Atlantic working group. + Read More

Josef Sorett Publishes HuffPost Piece on Black Churches and Social Activism

Josef Sorett Publishes HuffPost Piece on Black Churches and Social Activism

Josef Sorett, member of CSSD’s Executive Committee, Assistant Professor of Religion and African-American Studies and Associate Director of the Institute for Religion, Culture, and Public Life, Columbia University, just published a blog entry in HuffPost Black Voices called “Faith in a New Black Future.” + Read More

Premilla Nadasen Publishes Article on the Clinton Administration’s Criminalization and Racialization of the Poor

Premilla Nadasen Publishes Article on the Clinton Administration’s Criminalization and Racialization of the Poor

Premilla Nadasen, project co-director for CSSD’s working group Social Justice After the Welfare State and Visiting Associate Professor of History at Barnard College, recently published an article in Jacobin Magazine explaining how the Clinton Administration simultaneously criminalized and racialized poverty by enacting two extremely detrimental policies. + Read More

Rachel Adams Publishes Huffington Post Article on Disability Literacy for Children

Rachel Adams Publishes Huffington Post Article on Disability Literacy for Children

Rachel Adams, CSSD director, director of the “Future of Disabilities Studies” working group, and Columbia English and American Studies professor, recently published an article in Huffington Post about building disability literacy in children. + Read More

Premilla Nadasen’s “Household Workers Unite” Draws Positive Reviews in Feminist, Trade, Mainstream Press

Premilla Nadasen’s “Household Workers Unite” Draws Positive Reviews in Feminist, Trade, Mainstream Press

Strong reviews from feminist, trade, and mainstream press for Premilla Nadasen’s Household Workers Unite: The Untold Story of African American Women Who Built a Movement.  Nadasen is Associate Professor of History at Barnard College and co-director of CSSD’s working group on Social Justice After the Welfare State. + Read More

Marianne Hirsch on “Democracy Now” Defends Turkish Academics

Marianne Hirsch on “Democracy Now” Defends Turkish Academics

Democracy Now broadcast a clip of Marianne Hirsch, CSSD member and Columbia Professor of English and Comparative Literature, speaking on January 29, 2016, at New York University about state and university actions against academics in Turkey.

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Lila Abu-Lughod Publishes Forum on “The Politics of Feminist Politics”

Lila Abu-Lughod Publishes Forum on “The Politics of Feminist Politics”

Lila Abu-Lughod, project director of CSSD’s Gender, Religion and Law in Muslim Societies working group and Joseph L. Buttenwieser Professor of Social Science at Columbia University, recently edited a special forum called “The Politics of Feminist Politics” for the journal Comparative Studies of South Asia, Africa and the Middle East. + Read More

CSSD Condemns Turkish Government’s Censure of Scholars

CSSD Condemns Turkish Government’s Censure of Scholars

The Center for the Study of Social Difference joined over 25 international higher education organizations in signing a joint public letter addressed to Turkish government officials registering concern over the official treatment of academics. + Read More

“Difference of Caste” Workshop Convenes in New Delhi

“Difference of Caste” Workshop Convenes in New Delhi

The working group Gender and the Global Slum convened a closed workshop December 21-22, 2015 at the India International Centre in New Delhi on “The Difference of Caste.” + Read More

Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak Translates New Edition of Derrida’s “Of Grammatology”

Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak Translates New Edition of Derrida’s “Of Grammatology”

Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak, director of CSSD’s working group on “The Rural-Urban Interface: Gender and Poverty in Ghana and Kenya, Statistics and Stories” and Columbia University Professor in the Humanities, retranslated the recently published fortieth anniversary edition of Jacques Derrida’s Of Grammatology, the seminal text on deconstruction. + Read More

Lila Abu-Lughod Delivers Edward Said Memorial Lecture at the American University in Cairo

Lila Abu-Lughod Delivers Edward Said Memorial Lecture at the American University in Cairo

Lila Abu-Lughod, Professor of Social Science at Columbia University and Project Director of CSSD’s working group on Gender, Religion and Law in Muslim Societies, delivered the Edward Said Memorial Lecture at American University in December. + Read More

CSSD Member Amina Tawasil Publishes on the Emancipatory Effects of Marriage and Motherhood on Shi’i Women in Iran

CSSD Member Amina Tawasil Publishes on the Emancipatory Effects of Marriage and Motherhood on Shi’i Women in Iran

Amina Tawasil, Visiting Lecturer at the International Studies Institute, University of New Mexico and member of the CSSD working group on Gender, Religion and Law in Muslim Societies, recently published research in the Journal of Women of the Middle East and Islamic World entitled “Towards the Ideal Revolutionary Shi’i Woman: The Howzevi (Seminarian), the Requisites of Marriage and Islamic Education in Iran.” + Read More

Lila Abu-Lughod’s “Do Muslim Women Need Saving” Reviewed in “Ethnicities” Journal

Lila Abu-Lughod’s “Do Muslim Women Need Saving” Reviewed in “Ethnicities” Journal

The journal Ethnicities recently ran a review symposium of Do Muslim Women Need Saving?—the book by Lila Abu-Lughod, Professor of Social Science at Columbia University and Project Director of CSSD’s working group on Gender, Religion and Law in Muslim Societies. + Read More

The Caribbean Digital II: Histories, Cartographies, Narratives

The Caribbean Digital II: Histories, Cartographies, Narratives

The Digital Black Atlantic Project‘s Caribbean Digital II conference convenes on December 4, 2015, with an afternoon of multiform panel presentations that will engage critically with the digital as praxis.   + Read More

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