“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

Farah Griffin Joins White House Research Initiative to Advance Equity for Women and Girls of Color

Farah Griffin Joins White House Research Initiative to Advance Equity for Women and Girls of Color

Farah Jasmine Griffin, CSSD project co-director of Toward an Intellectual History of Black Women and William B. Ransford Professor of English and Comparative Literature and African American Studies at Columbia, will lead (with Alondra Nelson, Professor of Sociology and Gender Studies and Dean of Social Sciences) Columbia University’s participation in a White House research initiative to advance equity for women and girls of color.   + Read More

Working Group Members Edit Women’s Studies Journal on Gender and Genocide

Working Group Members Edit Women’s Studies Journal on Gender and Genocide

The European Journal of Women’s Studies (EJWS) recently published a special issue on gender and genocide that was co-edited by Ayşe Gül Altınay, Professor of Sociology and Gender Studies, Sabanci University, and a member of CSSD’s Women Mobilizing Memory working group. + Read More

Working Group Member Publishes on Lack of Support for Disabled in Indonesian Education

Working Group Member Publishes on Lack of Support for Disabled in Indonesian Education

Dina Afrianty, member of the Gender, Religion, and Law in Muslim Societies working group, published an article on the limited degrees of support services for people with disabilities in Indonesian higher education institutions.

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Alisa Solomon Examines the Historic Theater of “Hamilton” in The Nation

Alisa Solomon Examines the Historic Theater of “Hamilton” in The Nation

Alisa Solomon, Women Mobilizing Memory member and associate professor of journalism at Columbia University, wrote in The Nation that “Hamilton” is not only a game changer because it brings rap to Broadway, but also because it integrates the contemporary musical style so seamlessly with the styles and structures of traditional musical theater. + Read More

HEMI Publishes “Art, Migration, and Human Rights” Dossier

HEMI Publishes “Art, Migration, and Human Rights” Dossier

Notes on the August 2015 course on “Art, Migration, and Human Rights,” offered by the Hemispheric Institute of Performance and Politics, which partners with CSSD’s Women Mobilizing Memory working group. + Read More

Keywords for Disability Studies Symposium Explores Key Questions for the Future

Keywords for Disability Studies Symposium Explores Key Questions for the Future

Disability scholars, artists, activists, and students gathered at the Keywords/Key Questions for Disability Studies Symposium this October to discuss the future of disability studies. + Read More

Women Mobilizing Memory Member on Democracy Now

Women Mobilizing Memory Member on Democracy Now

Zeynep Gambetti, a member of the CSSD working group Women Mobilizing Memory and participant in the Collaboration and Co-Resistance conference and workshop, appeared on Democracy Now on September 11 to discuss the current series of attacks on Kurdish citizens and HDP party offices in Turkey. + Read More

Digital Black Atlantic Project Attracts Grants and Honors

Digital Black Atlantic Project Attracts Grants and Honors

The CSSD working group Digital Black Atlantic Project (DBAP) is starting the academic year with an array of honors and awards.

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Lila Abu-Lughod’s “Do Muslim Women Need Saving?” Reviewed in Public Books

Lila Abu-Lughod’s “Do Muslim Women Need Saving?” Reviewed in Public Books

Lila Abu-Lughod’s Do Muslim Women Need Saving? received a favorable review from Leti Volpp in Public Books.

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Working Group Helps Produce “An Historic Victory for Women’s Equality in Sport”

Working Group Helps Produce “An Historic Victory for Women’s Equality in Sport”

The International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) was recently forced to suspend a sporting policy that CSSD project director Rebecca Jordan-Young and her working group, Science and Social Difference, had been contesting for the past three years. + Read More

CSSD Releases 2014-15 Annual Report

CSSD Releases 2014-15 Annual Report

The Center for the Study of Social Difference recently released its annual report for 2014-15. + Read More

WOMEN MOBILIZING MEMORY IV: A Week of Workshops, Exhibits, and Protest

WOMEN MOBILIZING MEMORY IV: A Week of Workshops, Exhibits, and Protest

For its fourth international meeting on “Collaboration and Co-Resistance,” Women Mobilizing Memory gathered in New York in September. + Read More

JUST PUBLISHED: Rachel Adams’ Keywords for Disability Studies

JUST PUBLISHED: Rachel Adams’ Keywords for Disability Studies

Future of Disability Studies project director Rachel Adams has co-edited Keywords for Disability Studies with Benjamin Reiss (Emory University) and David H. Serlin (UCSD).  + Read More

Gayatri Spivak Awarded Honorary Doctorate from Yale

Gayatri Spivak Awarded Honorary Doctorate from Yale

Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak, Director of the CSSD working group Rural-Urban Interface: Gender and Poverty in Ghana and Kenya, received an Honorary Doctorate in the Humanities from Yale University. + Read More

JUST PUBLISHED: Rachel Adams on Access to Aid for the Disabled

JUST PUBLISHED: Rachel Adams on Access to Aid for the Disabled

Rachel Adams, director of the CSSD working group The Future of Disabilities Studies has published an article in Reuters on the problem of disabled individuals’ unfettered access to assistance. + Read More

PUBLISHED: Debating a Testosterone “Sex Gap” in Science Magazine

PUBLISHED: Debating a Testosterone “Sex Gap” in Science Magazine

Rebecca Jordan-Young, director of the CSSD working group on Science and Social Difference and Tow Associate Professor and Chair of Women’s, Gender & Sexuality Studies at Barnard College, has published an important article in Science magazine on the controversy and science surrounding levels of testosterone in female athletes. + Read More

CSSD Project’s Digital Publishing Platform Wins NEH Grant

CSSD Project’s Digital Publishing Platform Wins NEH Grant

The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) has awarded a Digital Humanities Start-Up Grant for 2015-2016 for the initial development of sx:archipelagos, a peer-reviewed digital publishing platform that emerged from CSSD’s working group, the Digital Black Atlantic Project (DBAP).

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PUBLISHED: Mobilizing Memory Curators Interviewed by “n.paradoxa”

PUBLISHED: Mobilizing Memory Curators Interviewed by “n.paradoxa”

Feminist art journal n.paradoxa recently published an interview with Ayşe Gül Altınay and Işın Önol, curators of the successful exhibition “Mobilizing Memory: Women Witnessing.”   + Read More

INTERVIEW: Farah Griffin Speaks with Toni Morrison in “Essence” Magazine

INTERVIEW: Farah Griffin Speaks with Toni Morrison in “Essence” Magazine

In April Essence magazine ran an interview with Toni Morrison by Farah Jasmine Griffin, director of the CSSD working group “Toward and Intellectual History of Black Women” and William B. Ransford Professor of English & Comparative Literature and African-American Studies at Columbia. + Read More

Jean Howard Discusses Diversity Initiative in Columbia Spectator

Jean Howard Discusses Diversity Initiative in Columbia Spectator

Less than 25% of Columbia University’s total faculty members are minorities and only 18% of its tenured faculty fit that demographic. The percentage of tenure track faculty that are women is a meager 26%. + Read More

DISCUSSION: Shoshana Magnet on Feminism, Robots, and Roaches

DISCUSSION: Shoshana Magnet on Feminism, Robots, and Roaches

In early 2015 Shoshana Magnet, associate professor at the Institute of Feminist and Gender Studies at the University of Ottawa, came to speak to CSSD’s working group on Science and Social Difference about her feminist analysis of recent scientific inquiry into mixed societies of robots and insects. + Read More

ROUNDTABLE  Keywords: Trans

ROUNDTABLE Keywords: Trans

On April 9th, the Center for the Study of Social Difference and the Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Council co-sponsored the roundtable discussion Keywords: TRANS. + Read More

JUST PUBLISHED: Farah Griffin’s “Intellectual History of Black Women”

JUST PUBLISHED: Farah Griffin’s “Intellectual History of Black Women”

Toward an Intellectual History of Black Women, edited by Farah J. Griffin, co-director of the CSSD working group of the same name and Professor of English and African-American Studies at Columbia University, has been published by University of North Carolina Press.   + Read More

ROUNDTABLE: Women Mobilizing Memory “Keywords”

ROUNDTABLE: Women Mobilizing Memory “Keywords”

Vulnerability. Reaction. Privilege. Heritage. Utopia. What associations do these “keywords” evoke? What concepts do they represent? How are these ideas used by scholars, or put into practice by activists? What kinds of work can we do with a keyword, what conversations can keywords unlock?  These were some of the questions asked at a recent roundtable discussion by Women Mobilizing Memory, a CSSD working group exploring issues of memory, witnessing, testimony, and trauma from a cross-cultural feminist perspective. + Read More

ART EXHIBIT: “Die Presse” Reviews “Mobilizing Memory” in Vienna

ART EXHIBIT: “Die Presse” Reviews “Mobilizing Memory” in Vienna

Vienna’s “Die Presse” reviewed the “Mobilizing Memory” exhibit that was created by the CSSD working group Women Mobilizing Memory and launched in Istanbul in 2014. + Read More

LECTURE: Ron Suskind on “Narratives of Earned Hope: Or the Ways Adversity Can Build Compensatory Strengths”

LECTURE: Ron Suskind on “Narratives of Earned Hope: Or the Ways Adversity Can Build Compensatory Strengths”

Speaking on Wednesday, March 25th before an audience sponsored by the Center for the Study of Social Difference’s Future of Disability Studies workshop, Ron Suskind shared his story about pursuing a demanding career in investigative journalism while raising his autistic son Owen. + Read More

SYMPOSIUM: Caribbean Queer Visualities, April 2-3, 2015, Co-sponsored by Digital Black Atlantic Project

SYMPOSIUM: Caribbean Queer Visualities, April 2-3, 2015, Co-sponsored by Digital Black Atlantic Project

Caribbean Queer Visualities, co-sponsored by the CCSD working group the Digital Black Atlantic Project, reflects on and stimulates the production of creative and critical work that takes seriously the emergence of heterodox personal and public identities, identities that breach or subvert or evade the heteronormativities of colonial and postcolonial modes of being and self-expression. + Read More

WOMEN MOBILIZING MEMORY: Effective Activism for Human Rights

WOMEN MOBILIZING MEMORY: Effective Activism for Human Rights

CSSD’s Women Mobilizing Memory working group met in late February to discuss, in a comparative perspective, the links between memory and activism and between memory practices and movements promoting human rights. + Read More

CSSD Announces Two New Working Groups for Fall 2015

CSSD Announces Two New Working Groups for Fall 2015

In fall 2015, CSSD will convene two new working groups: Pacific Climate Circuits, which will apply lenses of race, class, gender and sexuality to current analyses of climate change in the Pacific Region, and The Legacy of Bandung Humanisms, which will examine the post-colonial developing world’s espousal of a radical brand of humanism and self-determination.   + Read More

Banu Karaca in The New York Times

Banu Karaca in The New York Times

Banu Karaca, a member of CSSD working group Women Mobilizing Memory, was quoted in a recent New York Times article about creeping censorship amid the current flourishing of the arts in Turkey.   + Read More

CONFERENCE REPORT: 2014 Caribbean Digital Conference

CONFERENCE REPORT: 2014 Caribbean Digital Conference

The Digital Black Atlantic Project closed the fall of 2014 with an unprecedented event, its inaugural Caribbean Digital conference.  On December 4th and 5th, professors, artists, graduate students, activists and administrators explored the dimensions of digital expression and its implications on the Caribbean and its diaspora. + Read More

PUBLICATION: Yarimar Bonilla on “#Ferguson: Digital protest, hashtag ethnography, and the racial politics of social media in the United States”

PUBLICATION: Yarimar Bonilla on “#Ferguson: Digital protest, hashtag ethnography, and the racial politics of social media in the United States”

Yarimar Bonilla of the Digital Black Atlantic Working Group and Jonathan Rosa have published “#Ferguson: Digital protest, hashtag ethnography, and the racial politics of social media in the United States” in the January 2015 issue of the American Ethnologist.

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Lila Abu-Lughod’s new book named “Best Book of 2014 on the Middle East”

Lila Abu-Lughod’s new book named “Best Book of 2014 on the Middle East”

Lila Abu-Lughod’s Do Muslim Women Need Saving? (Harvard University Press) was named a “Best Book of 2014 on the Middle East” by Foreign Affairs.    + Read More

Christian Lammert on “Welfare and Citizenship: The Pillars of Social Cohesion”

Christian Lammert on “Welfare and Citizenship: The Pillars of Social Cohesion”

PUBLIC LECTURE:

Wednesday, November 5th, 5pm in 754 Schermerhorn Extension.

Christian Lammert, Professor for North American Politics at the John F. Kennedy Institute of the Free University of Berlin, will speak about the relationship between welfare and democracy—a question central to contemporary transatlantic debates surrounding capitalism, austerity, and inequality.

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CONFERENCE REPORT: Debating the “Woman Question” in the New Middle East: Women’s Rights, Citizenship, and Social Justice

CONFERENCE REPORT: Debating the “Woman Question” in the New Middle East: Women’s Rights, Citizenship, and Social Justice

In light of the recent events across the Arab region, the time is opportune for a careful examination of the new opportunities and challenges facing Arab women. Debating the “Woman Question” in the New Middle East (Columbia Global Center, Amman) brought together scholars, academics, and practitioners to explore three broad themes:  Political Economies and Women’s Lives; Political and Legal Strategies for Citizenship and Social Justice; Islamic Feminism and Islamist Governance.  Read the full Conference Report here.

WOMEN MOBILIZING MEMORY: Patricia Ariza on Culture as a “form of resistance”

WOMEN MOBILIZING MEMORY: Patricia Ariza on Culture as a “form of resistance”

TRANSFORMING TRAUMA WITH THEATRE

“Culture is a form of resistance,” asserted Colombian playwright, director, producer, and actor Patricia Ariza as she met with twelve members of the Center for the Study of Social Difference’s Women Mobilizing Memory working group at the Hemispheric Institute in New York City.

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Women Leaders in Changing India

Women Leaders in Changing India

Anupama Rao, Women Creating Change project director for “Gender and the Global Slum” will participate in a discussion at the Four Seasons Hotel in Mumbai, featuring: Anjali Bansal ’97SIPA, Managing Director, Spencer Stuart, Sheela Patel, Director, Society for the Promotion of Area Resource Centers (SPARC), and Falguni Nayar P: ’12CC, Founder and CEO Nykaa.com.  The panel will address the challenges and opportunities that face women in India’s formal and informal economies.

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CALL FOR PROJECTS: Women Creating Change

CALL FOR PROJECTS: Women Creating Change

Women Creating Change (WCC) invites proposals for a new working group project that would begin in 2015. WCC will provide seed money of $45,000 over three years to working groups of scholars and practitioners whose projects are consistent with the mission of the Center (socialdifference.columbia.edu) and the specific goals of Women Creating Change (womencreatingchange.columbia.edu).  Submission Deadline: Monday, March 2, 2015.   + Read More

Nancy Kricorian Published in Guernica Magazine Daily

Nancy Kricorian Published in Guernica Magazine Daily

Nancy Kricorian‘s essay “Pilgrimage as/or Resistance,” which was originally presented earlier this year at the Women Mobilizing Memory workshop at Depo in Istanbul, Turkey, has been published by Guernica.

Female Leadership, Labor, and Women’s Lives in India

Female Leadership, Labor, and Women’s Lives in India

Anu Rao, Project Director of the Women Creating Change working group “Gender & the Global Slum” reflects on female leadership, labor, and women’s lives in India.

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VIDEO: “Gender, Memory, Activism”

VIDEO: “Gender, Memory, Activism”

Women Mobilizing Memory workshop: “‘Coming to Terms’ with Gendered Memories of Genocide, War, and Political Repression,” featuring Marita SturkenMarianne HirschNükhet SirmanMeltem Ahıska, and Nancy Kricorian.  Istanbul, Turkey, September 2014.

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VIDEO: “Art, Performance, and Memory”

VIDEO: “Art, Performance, and Memory”

Women Mobilizing Memory workshop: “‘Coming to Terms’ with Gendered Memories of Genocide, War, and Political Repression,” featuring Andreas HuyssenAlissa SolomonCarol BeckerDiana Taylor, and Maria José Contreras. Istanbul, Turkey, September 2014.

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VIDEO: “Creating Alternative Archives”

VIDEO: “Creating Alternative Archives”

Women Mobilizing Memory workshop: “‘Coming to Terms’ with Gendered Memories of Genocide, War, and Political Repression,” featuring Leyla NeyziSusan Meiselas, and Silvina der Meguerditchian.  Istanbul, Turkey, September 2014.

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Columbia Global Centers Showcases Women Mobilizing Memory

Columbia Global Centers Showcases Women Mobilizing Memory

“Led by Professors Marianne Hirsh, Jean Howard, Diana Taylor and Ayşe Gül Altınay, the Mobilizing Memory for Action workshop engaged scholars, artists and activists from Chile, the United States and Turkey in public events, an art exhibition, a gender-memory walking tour and theater performances. ”

Read more about the September 2014 Women Mobilizing Memory Istanbul workshop in this month’s Columbia Global Centers E-Newsletter.

PUBLIC ROUNDTABLE: Women and Politics: A Turning Point?

PUBLIC ROUNDTABLE: Women and Politics: A Turning Point?

Tuesday, September 23, 2014
Roone Arledge Cinema, Columbia

In 2012, women comprised an impressive majority of the electorate. Currently, women hold a majority of twenty seats in the Senate. More women than ever before are raising young children while serving at the Capitol. Moreover, it is likely not only that the U.S. will see a woman presidential candidate in 2016, but also that Republicans will again nominate a woman for their vice presidential seat. “Women and Politics: A Turning Point?,” the 2014 public program co-hosted by Women Creating Change, a global initiative of the Center for the Study of Social Difference, and the Columbia Alumni Association (CAA), explored these and other issues in a roundtable discussion, featuring: Manhattan Borough President Gale A. Brewer ‘97GS, NPR reporter Mara Liasson, and poet and Nation columnist Katha Pollitt ‘75SOA. Professor of Sociology and Gender Studies and Dean of Social Sciences Alondra Nelson moderated. + Read More

DAY FIVE REPORT: “Women Mobilizing Memory” Workshop in Istanbul, Turkey

DAY FIVE REPORT: “Women Mobilizing Memory” Workshop in Istanbul, Turkey

During the penultimate day of the week-long Women Mobilizing Memory workshop, a number of new research questions and concerns emerged, including the following: As women (and sometimes men) mobilizing memory, how do we deploy feminist scholarship, and what does feminism mean to each of us across our diverse cultural, linguistic, and educational contexts? + Read More

DAY THREE REPORT: “Women Mobilizing Memory” Workshop in Istanbul, Turkey

DAY THREE REPORT: “Women Mobilizing Memory” Workshop in Istanbul, Turkey

The third day of Women Mobilizing Memory was dedicated to three public roundtables with simultaneous translations at Depo: “Creating Alternative Archives,” “Art, Performance and Memory.” and “Gender, Memory, Activism.”

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DAY FOUR REPORT: “Women Mobilizing Memory” Workshop in Istanbul, Turkey

DAY FOUR REPORT: “Women Mobilizing Memory” Workshop in Istanbul, Turkey

The fourth day of Women Mobilizing Memory featured a roundtable discussion moderated by Ayşe Gül Altınay on documentary films about state violence and Kurdish memory. The directors of the films Bûka Baranê (2013, dir Dilek Gökçin) and Dersim’s Lost Girls (2010, dir. Nezahat Gündoğan) also joined the discussion. + Read More

DAY TWO REPORT: “Women Mobilizing Memory” Workshop in Istanbul, Turkey

DAY TWO REPORT: “Women Mobilizing Memory” Workshop in Istanbul, Turkey

Media, Memory, Political Efficacy

On Day Two of theWomen Mobilizing Memory workshop, Jean Howard introduced the following keywords for discussion: gender; embodiment; accompaniment (or “walking with”); politics; repair; mobilizing; hope; optimism; and play, or the recovery of joy. + Read More

“Mobilizing Memory: Women Witnessing” EXHIBITION CATALOGUE

“Mobilizing Memory: Women Witnessing” EXHIBITION CATALOGUE

Opening Reception: September 5, Friday, 18:30
Venue: DEPO Istanbul (Lüleci Hendek Cad. 12, Tophane – Istanbul)

Artists: Gülçin Aksoy, Hera Büyüktaşçıyan, Silvina Der-Meguerditchian, Hakikat Adalet Hafıza Merkezi (Truth Justice Memory Center), Gülsün Karamustafa, Susan Meiselas, Nar Photos (Serra Akcan, Fatma Çelik, Gülşin Ketenci, Aylin Kızıl, Serpil Polat), Lorie Novak, Emine Gözde Sevim, Aylin Tekiner

View exhibit catalog here (PDF)

Curated by: Ayşe Gül Altınay, Işın Önol

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