THE CENTER FOR THE STUDY OF SOCIAL DIFFERENCE is an interdisciplinary research center supporting collaborative projects that address gender, race, sexuality, and other forms of inequality to foster ethical and progressive social change.
The Center’s work has two overarching research themes
Women Creating Change engages distinguished feminist scholars from diverse fields throughout Columbia University who focus on contemporary global problems affecting women and on the roles women play in addressing these problems.
Imagining Justice brings together scholars, activists, and artists on projects that envision new ways of fighting inequality and promoting gender, racial, economic, and environmental justice in global and domestic contexts.
Carolee Schneemann discusses her boundary-breaking practice and creative process, on the occasion of Carolee Schneemann: Kinetic Painting at MoMA/PS1, the first comprehensive retrospective of her work.
A panel with Sherene Razack (Department of Gender Studies, UCLA), Nadera Shalhoub-Kevorkian (Law School, Hebrew University; International Visitor, Columbia Law School), and Miriam Ticktin (Department of Anthropology, New School University), moderated by Lila Abu-Lughod (Columbia University)
Professor Frances Negrón-Muntaner, faculty director of CSSD project Unpayable Debt, published several articles on the humanitarian crises facing Puerto Rico in the wake of Hurricane Maria.
Rachel Adams, a Faculty Director of the CSSD Precision Medicine project, is taking her interdisciplinary research interests to the next level, and she is recording her progress online.
Marianne Hirsch, Director of the Center for the Study of Social Difference (CSSD), wrote about her experience as a "stateless" child for the Los Angeles Review of Books.
CSSD project director Lila Abu-Lughod joined several scholars in an amicus brief filed with the Supreme Court in the case by Muslim Advocates against the Executive Order on the "Muslim Ban."
Director of the CSSD project The Rural-Urban Interface, Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak was interviewed about the Rohengy refugee disaster for TBS eFM's "This Morning" English radio program in Seoul, Korea.