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
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
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
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.
Working Group Helps Produce “An Historic Victory for Women’s Equality in Sport”
CSSD Releases 2014-15 Annual Report
WOMEN MOBILIZING MEMORY IV: A Week of Workshops, Exhibits, and Protest
JUST PUBLISHED: Rachel Adams’ Keywords for Disability Studies
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
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
PUBLISHED: Mobilizing Memory Curators Interviewed by “n.paradoxa”
INTERVIEW: Farah Griffin Speaks with Toni Morrison in “Essence” Magazine
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
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
JUST PUBLISHED: Farah Griffin’s “Intellectual History of Black Women”
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
LECTURE: Ron Suskind on “Narratives of Earned Hope: Or the Ways Adversity Can Build Compensatory Strengths”
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
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
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 Decembe
PUBLICATION: Yarimar Bonilla on “#Ferguson: Digital protest, hashtag ethnography, and the racial politics of social media in the United States”
Lila Abu-Lughod’s new book named “Best Book of 2014 on the Middle East”
Christian Lammert on “Welfare and Citizenship: The Pillars of Social Cohesion”
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.
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”
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.
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.
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
Female Leadership, Labor, and Women’s Lives in India
VIDEO: “Gender, Memory, Activism”
VIDEO: “Art, Performance, and Memory”
VIDEO: “Creating Alternative Archives”
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. ”
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
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
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.”
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
“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
Curated by: Ayşe Gül Altınay, Işın Önol
DAY ONE REPORT: “Women Mobilizing Memory” Workshop in Istanbul, Turkey
PUBLIC ROUNDTABLES: “Coming to Terms” with Gendered Memories of Genocide, War, and Political Repression,” Istanbul, Turkey
Public Roundtables with Turkish simultaneous translations
September 17, 2014, 1:00-7:00pm
DEPO Gallery, ISTANBUL, TURKEY
Roundtable topics and speakers:
Creating Alternative Archives, with Leyla Neyzi, Özlem Kaya, Susan Meiselas, Silvina der Meguerditchian, and Şemsa Özar
Art, Performance and Memory, with Andreas Huyssen, Alisa Solomon, Carol Becker, Diana Taylor, Maria José Contreras, and Ayşe Öncü
Gender, Memory, Activism, with Marita Sturken, Marianne Hirsch, Nükhet Sirman, Meltem Ahıska, Nancy Kricorian, and Yeşim Arat
On “Debating the ‘Woman Question’ in the New Middle East | Women’s Rights, Citizenship, and Social Justice”
WORKSHOP: Shifting Notions of Social Citizenship: The “Two Wests”
What is the welfare state? What happens when it disintegrates? What is the future of the family in light of its historical transformation?
Scholars and graduate students from research universities in the United States, France, the United Kingdom, Italy, the Netherlands, Denmark, Sweden, and Norway convened to answer these questions during the Shifting Notions of Social Citizenship: The “Two Wests” workshop, held June 11-13, 2014 at the Columbia Global Center | Paris. + Read More
Women Mobilizing Memory Workshop II
Rachel Adams, Director of the Future of Disability Studies Working Group, Won the 2014 Educators Award
CSSD Announces Two New Working Groups
CSSD has inaugurated two new working groups for fall 2013. + Read More
PUBLIC LECTURE: Beyond Masculinity: Testosterone, Sexual Desire, and Gender/Sex
Everyone knows that sexual desire and testosterone are linked because men have higher testosterone, and testosterone is tightly linked to masculinity and sexual desire – right? But what do empirical data actually say? Professor van Anders discussed findings that support decoupling testosterone from masculinity and provide insights into the nuanced ways testosterone and sexual desire are – and are not – linked in humans.
REFLECTIONS: Debating the “Woman Question” in the New Middle East: Women’s Rights, Citizenship, and Social Justice
At first glance, 2014 does not seem like a banner year for women in the Middle East. We heard that ISIS, the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, was requiring female circumcision around Mosul in Northern Iraq (a claim the group denied). A new law regarding domestic violence in Lebanon failed to criminalize marital rape, apparently thanks to conservative religious opposition.
KEYWORDS: Interdisciplinary Roundtable Conversations
Colleagues from the Humanities, the Social Sciences and the Socio-medical Sciences discuss “Vulnerability” as a keyword in the study of social difference.
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.”
Memory for the Future: Collaborative Witnessing in Post- Dictatorship Chile
In December 2013, a transnational group of scholars, artists, and activists came together at Columbia’s Global Center in Santiago de Chile to reflect on the manifold ways in which cultural memory of the Pinochet dictatorship has been and can be mobilized in the service of different visions for Chile’s social and political future.
Parenting, Narrative, and our Genetic Futures
Part of the Heyman Center’s Disciplines Series: Evaluation, Value, and Evidence, authors Alison Piepmeier, George Estreich, and Rachel Adams took up many of the questions raised in their November 2013 event on “Genes, Children, and Ethics” (featuring Michael Berube, Faye Ginsberg, and Rayna Rapp) in their discussion of “Parenting, Narrative, and Our Genetic Futures.” Elizabeth Emens chaired.