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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

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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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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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

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

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

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

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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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

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

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

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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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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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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

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

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

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

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.

Rachel Adams, Director of the Future of Disability Studies Working Group, Won the 2014 Educators Award

Rachel Adams, Director of the Future of Disability Studies Working Group, Won the 2014 Educators Award

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CSSD Announces Two New Working Groups

CSSD Announces Two New Working Groups

CSSD has inaugurated two new working groups for fall 2013. + Read More

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