Publications

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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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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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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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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.

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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On “Debating the ‘Woman Question’ in the New Middle East | Women’s Rights, Citizenship, and Social Justice”

On “Debating the ‘Woman Question’ in the New Middle East | Women’s Rights, Citizenship, and Social Justice”

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NY TIMES OP-ED: “The Trouble with Too Much T”

NY TIMES OP-ED: “The Trouble with Too Much T”

In 2009, the South African middle-distance runner Caster Semenya was barred from competition and obliged to undergo intrusive and humiliating “sex testing” after fellow athletes at the Berlin World Championships questioned her sex. Ms. Semenya was eventually allowed to compete again, but the incident opened the world’s eyes to the process of sex testing and the distress it could bring to an athlete who had lived her whole life as a girl. When an endocrinologist, a gynecologist and a psychologist were brought in to determine whether the teenager was really a woman, she simply asserted, “I know who I am.”

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