Reframing Transgender Violence
to Jan 25

Reframing Transgender Violence

  • Jerome Greene Annex - Columbia University (map)
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Please join CSSD working group Reframing Gendered Violence for the final public workshop in this project, organized by Professor Kendall Thomas.

Speakers Include:

C. Riley Snorton
Asli Zengin
Sergio Suiama
Joss Taylor Greene
Catherine Clune-Taylor
Chinyere Ezie
Che Gossett
Christina Hanhardt

Thursday, January 24th:

4:15-6pm: Catherine Clune-Taylor & Asli Zengin

Friday, January 25th:

10am: coffee

10:15am-11:30am: Sergio Suiama & Chinyere Ezie 

11:30-1pm: lunch break

1-2:30pm: C. Riley Snorton & Christina B. Hanhardt  

2:30-2:45pm: coffee

2:45-3:45pm: Joss Taylor Greene & Che Gossett 

Reception to follow

Free registration here (requested but not required) 

Thank you to:
Queer Theory: Here, Now, and Everywhere working group at CSSD
Institute for Research on Women, Gender, and Sexuality
Just Societies Initiative
Center for Gender & Sexuality Law
Society of Fellows & Heyman Center for the Humanities

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to Feb 9

Scholar and Feminist Conference: The Politics and Ethics of the Archive

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February 8-9, 2019
The Barnard Center for Research on Women (BCRW) presents:
44th Annual Scholar and Feminist Conference: THE POLITICS AND ETHICS OF THE ARCHIVE
The Diana Center, 3009 Broadway, New York, NY 10027
Friday, February 8, 4 PM–8 PM & Saturday, February 9, 10 AM–6 PM

Co-Sponsors: The Center for the Study of Social Difference (CU), Program in American Studies (BC), Barnard College Library and Archives, the Consortium of Critical Interdisciplinary Studies (BC), Digital Humanities Center (BC), Department of Africana Studies (BC), Department of English (BC), the Institute for Religion, Culture, and Public Life (CU), the Department of Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies (BC), and more (list in progress).


Diana Carolina Sierra Becerra, La Vaughn Belle, Maria Cotera, Jarrett Drake, Akwaeke Emezi, Jennifer Guglielmo, Michelle Joffroy, Justin Leroy, Laura McTighe, Chinelo Okparanta, Cameron Rowland, Shawn(ta) Smith-Cruz, C. Riley Snorton, and more.

Plus workshops with the LaGuardia and Wagner Archives at LaGuardia Community College, Librarians and Archivists for Palestine, the NYC Trans Oral History Project, Torn Apart/Separados, XFR, and more.


This year’s Scholar and Feminist conference builds on BCRW’s close collaboration with the Barnard College Archives to address the complex questions that circulate around the politics and ethics of archival work. Central to traditional scholarly work in reconstructing and interpreting the past, archives are perhaps even more crucial to the preservation of the stories and legacies of marginalized communities and political movements.

The S&F Conference will bring together archivists, librarians, artists, activists, and scholars to discuss the particular political and ethical challenges that reside in the project of creating archives for communities and social justice movements. How do we move beyond the notion of the archive as indifferent repository of textual, material, and digital materials and toward an archive of engagement? How can archival material be put to use to draw attention to muted histories and otherwise invisible networks of affiliation and connection? What difference do recent digital tools and capabilities make in the archiving and accessing of the past? How can archives empower communities to tell their own stories and offer others access to those stories without falling into the trap of appropriation? What political and ethical questions weigh most heavily on the contemporary work of the archive?

In addition to traditional keynotes and panels, the conference will feature workshops and exhibits to introduce participants to the wide array of work taking place among communities and their archivists at the current moment.

Registration information

Registration is preferred but not required. Online registration will be open until the morning of the conference on Friday, February 8. Day-of registration will be available at the conference.

Please consider making a contribution with your registration. Your support makes our programming possible. No one will be turned away for lack of funds.

Accessibility information 

The venue is accessible to people with mobility disabilities. Please contact BCRW for additional access needs.

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Corporate Feminism & Its Discontents
6:00 PM18:00

Corporate Feminism & Its Discontents

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Wednesday March 13, 2019 | 6pm - 8pm
Women Creating Change
Corporate Feminism and Its Discontents  
Columbia University - Location TBA
Cosponsored by the Center for Gender + Sexuality Law


Despite gains in recent years, gender and racial disparities in the corporate sector, especially in its higher echelons, remain significant. This round table will explore successes and limitations of policies to promote diversity and inclusion. Panelists will identify successful strategies but also roadblocks and unintended consequences, and raise the issue of how backlash and stasis might be addressed. 

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Queer Studies: Here, There and Elsewhere Conference
10:00 AM10:00

Queer Studies: Here, There and Elsewhere Conference

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The Center for the Study of Social Difference working group Queer Theory: Here, Now, and Everywhere presents: Queer Studies: Here, There and Elsewhere conference at the Columbia Global Center in Paris, France.

This conference brings scholars together from France and the US to discuss queer theory, race, nation and immigration in Columbia’s Global Center in Paris. In the wake of a fierce “anti-gender” movement in Europe, queer theory has been characterized as a foreign import, as an American imperialism promoting ideas fundamentally antithetic to French political culture.

What fantasies of contagion and reproduction lie at the heart of this French (conservative) version of “queer theory” and what is the actual state of queer theory in the French academy today?  The goal of this conference is to bring together French and American scholars to reflect on these questions, exchange ideas, and foster collaborations. In fact, in the US, scholars working under the banner of “queer theory” or “queer studies” comprise a wide-ranging group of thinkers with projects that range across numerous fields including disability studies, the politics of austerity, militarism and masculinity, urban planning, transgender surgeries in a global frame, queer diasporas, immigration, sex work, racial capitalism, state violence and so on. Most significantly perhaps, US based scholars have been vigorous in opposing the notion of a “global gay” or of a singular model of gender, sexuality and desire, and have even critiqued the cultural imperialism inherent in both the circulation of queer theories globally and the circulation of queer bodies within circuits of sexual tourism. Perhaps the most significant difference, moreover, between European based queer theory and US based queer studies has less to do with marriage and the family and more to do with race. Perhaps the most important version of queer theory that should travel to Europe, then, is the work of queer scholars studying race, ethnicity and migration. This conference facilitates exchanges between and across communities of scholars at a time of global political crisis.

Friday December 7:

10am – 10:30 am: Introductions
Arnaud Esquerre (IRIS - EHESS)
Jack Halberstam (Columbia University)

10:30 am – 12:00 pm
Panel one: Race and The Making of France

Moderator: Tina Campt (Barnard College)

Todd Shepard (Johns Hopkins University): “The ‘Arab Revolution’ and ‘Revolutionary Homosexuality’ in France’s Postalgerian 1970s”

Camille Robcis (Columbia University): “National Reproduction in the French Gay Marriage Debates” 

Françoise Vergès (Collège d'études mondiales): “Race and the Making of France Yesterday and Today”


12pm to 2pm: LUNCH


2pm to 3:30pm
Panel two: Feminisms, Trans and Gender Theories
Gil Hochberg (Columbia University)

Amélie Le Renard (CNRS, CMH): "A Feminist Postcolonial Approach of White Heteronormativity: Queer Perspectives on Structural Advantages and Distinction"

Emmanuel Beaubatie (IRIS - EHESS, Ined): "A Gender Perspective on Sex Change: The Effects of Sexism and Heteronormativity on Trans Individuals' Trajectories and Experiences in France"

Dominique Grisard (University of Basel, Switzerland), “Pink and Blue Gender Trap or Transgender Revolution? Entangled Discourses of Gender in Childhood Today”


4pm to 5:30pm
Panel three: Queer Cultural Production in an Age of Crisis
Elizabeth Ladenson (Columbia University)

João Gabriell (Marseille): "Trans Revolutionary Politics in Neoliberal Times" 

Damon Young (University of California, Berkeley): “Melodramas of Subjectivity (James Baldwin, Lyle Ashton Harris, Ming Wong)”

Salima Amari (Cresppa, Université de Lausanne), "Lesbians from Maghrebian Immigration: Familial and Sexual Trouble"

Jack Halberstam (Columbia University): Conclusions

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Whose Feminism? Critical Perspectives on Gender and Security Policy
6:00 PM18:00

Whose Feminism? Critical Perspectives on Gender and Security Policy

  • School of International and Public Affairs, Room 1512 (map)
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The Center for the Study of Social Difference working group Religion and the Global Framing of Gender Violence (RGFGV) cosponsors: Whose Feminism? Critical Perspectives on Gender and Security Policy.

Eighteen years after the passing of UN Resolution 1325 and the establishment of the Women, Peace and Security agenda, a critical examination of its usages and consequences on global governance institutions and security policy is in need. Join SIPA’s Gender Policy Working Group for a panel discussion on the consequences of 1325, securofeminism and how gender discourse is employed to different political agendas.


Lila Abu-Lughod
Joseph L. Buttenwieser Professor of Social Science at Columbia University
Director of Religion and the Global Framing of Gender Violence (RGFGV)
Author of Do Muslim Women Need Saving? (2013)

Nimmi Gowrinathan
Director of the Politics of Sexual Violence Initiative
Visiting Research Professor at the Colin Powell Center for Global and Civic Leadership at City College New York
Author of Radicalizing Her (Forthcoming, 2018) and Emissaries of Empowerment (2017)

Rafia Zakaria
Media Fellow/Religion and the Global Framing of Gender Violence (RGFGV)
Author of The Upstairs Wife: An Intimate Story of Pakistan (2015) and Emissaries of Empowerment (2017)

Additional support provided by: Religion and the Global Framing of Gender Violence working group at the Center for the Study of Social Difference, SIPA's Gender and Public Policy Specialization, Women in Peace and Security Working Group (WIPS), Middle East and North Africa Forum (MENA), Conflict Resolution Working Group (CRWG), UN Studies Working Group (UNSWG)

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Building Resilience Against Health Catastrophes
8:30 AM08:30

Building Resilience Against Health Catastrophes

  • Columbia University Irving Medical Center School of Nursing, 7th Floor (map)
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Click here to watch video from the workshop.

A Workshop Featuring:

Elizabeth (Beth) Cameron, Vice-President, Global Biological Policy & Programs at the Nuclear Threat Initiative

Jennifer Nuzzo, Senior Scholar, Johns Hopkins University Center for Health Security Associate Editor, Health Security

Andrew Weber, Senior Fellow, Council on Strategic Risks, Former Assistant Secretary of Defense for Nuclear, Chemical and Biological Defense Programs

From Columbia University:

W. Ian Lipkin, Lawrence Stanberry, Philip Larussa, Jennifer Dohrn, Kathleen Pike, Yanis Ben Amor

Space is Limited: RSVP to Noel Manu at

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"Keywords for Today" and "Political Concepts": A Dialogue on the Terms We Use and Don't Use
2:30 PM14:30

"Keywords for Today" and "Political Concepts": A Dialogue on the Terms We Use and Don't Use

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Keywords for Today: A 21st Century Vocabulary, due out this fall, is the result of years of work by a collective of scholars from the UK, the US, and elsewhere. Working on the basis of Raymond Williams' 1976 classic Keywords: A Vocabulary of Culture and Society, the new volume extends and updates 40 of the original entries and adds 85 more short essays on the twists and turns, emphases and omissions, contests and usages: love along with network, truth along with youth, democracy along with violence.  This afternoon event features the volume's two head editors, Colin MacCabe and Holly Yanacek, as well as two members of the editorial collective, Jonathan Arac and Arjuna Parakrama.

Commentators will include several New York scholars: political theorist Susan Buck-Morss, anthropologist Miriam Ticktin, and literary scholar Emily Apter, co-editor of the monumental Dictionary of Untranslatables.  The event also brings the Keywords Project into dialogue with representatives of a kindred and ongoing project housed in part at Columbia: Political Concepts: A Critical Lexicon.  The flavor of its work can be tasted by some of the concepts posted thus far: agency and animals, archive and authority, blood and bubbles.  Political Concepts speakers will include Etienne Balibar, Akeel Bilgrami, Stathis Gourgouris, and Ann Stoler.

The format of the event asks speakers from each project to direct comments to the project of the others.  All are welcome as far as space permits.


2:30 Introduction: Bruce Robbins, Columbia University

2:45-4:00 PM:  The Keywords Project
Moderator: Miriam Ticktin, Anthropology, The New School
Colin MacCabe, University of Pittsburgh
Holly Yanacek, James Madison University
Arjuna Parakrama, University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka

Response: [from the Political Concepts team] Emily Apter, New York University

4:00 to 4:15 Coffee Break

4:15-5:30 PM: The Political Concepts Project
Moderator: Stathis Gourgouris, Columbia University
Ann Stoler, The New School
Akeel Bilgrami, Columbia University
Etienne Balibar, Columbia University and the University of Paris

Response: [from the Keywords team]: Jonathan Arac, University of Pittsburgh

5:30 -6:30 PM: Final Roundtable
Susan Buck-Morss, City University of New York
Stathis Gourgouris, Columbia University
Arjuna Parakrama, University of Colombo, Sri Lanka
Emily Apter, New York University
Holly Yanacek, James Madison University
Jonathan Arac, University of Pittsburgh
Colin MacCabe, University of Pittsburgh

This event is co-sponsored by The Center for the Study of Social Difference (CSSD) as part of our Keywords project. Additional sponsorship by: The Heyman Center, University Seminars, The Department of English and Comparative Literature, The Institute for Comparative Literature and Society, and The Office of the Dean of Humanities.

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Portraiture and Enslavement at the Thresholds of Emancipation (A Caribbean Meditation)
6:00 PM18:00

Portraiture and Enslavement at the Thresholds of Emancipation (A Caribbean Meditation)

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The Reframing Gendered Violence project at the Center for the Study of Social Difference is proud to co-sponsor a talk organized by our affiliate the Institute for Research on Women, Gender, and Sexuality:

“Portraiture and Enslavement at the Thresholds of Emancipation (A Caribbean Meditation)”
(in conjunction with the Posing Modernity exhibit at Columbia’s Wallach Gallery)

This talk will address the only two extant oil portraits of enslaved women produced during the periods of emancipation in the French- and Spanish-speaking Caribbean. By underscoring the conflictive political and ideological forces, affective dynamics, and aesthetic principles at work in their composition, it will focus on the conditions that made possible the visual configuration of black people as subjects of freedom and on its problematic re-articulation of the boundaries between the human and the animal.

Organized by the Institute for Research on Women, Gender, and Sexuality, and co-sponsored by: Maison Française, Institute for Social and Economic Research and Policy, Barnard Art History, Columbia University Center for the Study of Social Difference: Reframing Gender Violence Project, The Society of Fellows and the Heyman Center for the Humanities, Department of Anthropology, and Department of Latin American and Iberian Cultures.

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Epigenetics, Precision Medicine, and Responsibility Towards Children. What Can We Learn From Neurodevelopmental Disorders?
4:00 PM16:00

Epigenetics, Precision Medicine, and Responsibility Towards Children. What Can We Learn From Neurodevelopmental Disorders?

CSSD working group Precision Medicine: Ethics, Politics and Culture presents "Epigenetics, Precision Medicine, and Responsibility Towards Children. What Can We Learn From Neurodevelopmental Disorders?" a talk by Dr. Kristian Hen


In the second half of the twentieth century, there was a prevailing hope that the increasing knowledge of genomics would lead to major breakthroughs in drug development and personalized medicine. Since the beginning of the 21stcentury, however, it has become apparent that many of these expectations were based on a naïve view on what genes actually do. Recent discoveries in the field of epigenetics suggest a more dynamic concept of human nature and human diseases and disorders. In this talk I will first analyze the ethical consequences of these new findings. What does it mean, if anything, that environmental and psychosocial factors resonate on a molecular level and may be passed on to future generations? Second, I will discuss what this implies for individual and collective responsibility towards children. Finally, I will use my own research on neurodevelopmental disorders to demonstrate that the additional complexity yielded by these new findings also opens up opportunities for a nuanced view on children’s health and wellbeing.

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4:30 PM16:30


Center for the Study of Social Difference – Women Creating Change co-sponsors For the Daughters of Harlem: Working in Sound, a two-day music workshop for young women of color from New York public high schools. The workshop will culminate in a reception and showcase of students’ musical work, produced under the guidance of workshop leaders Sondra Woodruff, Rachel Devorah, Seth Cluett, and Kamari Carter. As part of the event, musicologist Matthew D. Morrison will engage in conversation with award-winning producer Ebonie Smith about her advocacy for more inclusive spaces in music production and technology.

Ebonie Smith is an award-winning music producer, audio engineer and singer songwriter, as well as founder and president of Gender Amplified, a nonprofit organization that celebrates and supports women and girls in music production. Smith is an alumna of Barnard College, Columbia University, and New York University.

Matthew D. Morrison is Assistant Professor of Music at NYU Tisch School of the Arts, and 2018-2019 Hutchins Fellow, W. E. B. Du Bois Research Institute, Harvard University. His research explores race and performance, and is working on a book titled Blacksound: Making Race and Identity in American Popular Music. Morrison received a PhD in Historical Musicology from Columbia University.

The project is supported by an Action Grant from Humanities New York and a Public Outreach Grant from Columbia University’s Center for Science and Society. Additional funds from the Institute for Research on Women, Gender, and Sexuality, the Department of Sociology, the Center for Ethnomusicology, the Louis Armstrong Jazz Performance Program, the Computer Music Center, the Department of Music, and the Center for the Study of Social Difference – Women Creating Change at Columbia University, as well as the Department of Africana Studies and the Department of Women’s, Gender & Sexuality Studies at Barnard College make the event possible. 

The Daughters initiative is directed by Lucie Vágnerová, Core Lecturer in Music, and Ellie Hisama, Professor of Music.

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Bi-Annual Ambedkar Lecture

B.R. Ambedkar is arguably one of Columbia University’s most illustrious alumni, whose ideas and activism has shaped the world’s largest democracy, India. The Ambedkar Lectures explore his continued relevance for discussions of social justice, affirmative action, and democratic thinking in a global frame.

Global Ambedkar 

Thursday, October 18, 2018

Time: 6:30PM- 8:30PM

Venue: James Room, Barnard Hall

Etienne Balibar (Anniversary Chair Professor, CRMEP and Columbia University)

Nahum Chandler (UC-Irvine)

Gopal Guru (JNU, Editor, Economic and Political Weekly)

Gayatri Spivak (University Professor, Columbia)

Moderated by Anupama Rao (Barnard, Columbia)

Welcome and introductions by David Madigan, Sarah Cole, and Anupama Rao.

Ambedkar Now

Friday, October 19, 2018

Time: 6:30-8:30PM

Venue: Davis Auditorium

Sudipto Mondal (Investigative journalist, Hindustan Times)

Gaiutra Bahadur (Author of Coolie Women)

Closing remarks by Ira Katznelson

Please contact Josue David Chavez, for further details.

The Ambedkar Lectures are hosted by Institute for Comparative Literature and Society with additional support by: Office of the EVP (Columbia); Dean of Humanities (Columbia); Office of the Provost (Barnard); Columbia Center for Contemporary Critical Thought; Institute for Research in African-American Studies; The Department of Middle Eastern, South Asian, and African Studies; South Asia Institute; the Society of Fellows and Heyman Center for the Humanities.

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Reimagining Money workshop and Caribbean Syllabus launch
4:00 PM16:00

Reimagining Money workshop and Caribbean Syllabus launch

CSSD working group Unpayable Debt: Capital, Violence, and the New Global Economy presents:

Caribbean Syllabus: Second Edition


Max Haiven's Art After Money, Money After Art Book Launch

with: Tao Goffe, Monica Jiménez, Sarah Muir, Frances Negron-Muntaner, and Jason Wozniak

About Max Haiven:

Max Haiven is assistant professor and Canada Research Chair in Culture, Media, and Social Justice at Lakehead University and director of the ReImagining Value Action Lab.  

About Caribbean Syllabus:

In May of 2018, the Unpayable Debt working group, a project of the Center for the Study of Social Difference at Columbia University, released the first edition of Caribbean SyllabusLife and Debt in the Caribbean. The most comprehensive available public resource on the topic, the syllabus stimulated considerable conversation among scholars, journalists, artists, activists and others in the Caribbean and across the world.

As a result of those discussions, the Unpayable Debt working group created a second edition of Caribbean Syllabus with three new sections created by innovative young scholars, on indenture, law, and education. In an effort to widen the conversation, the present edition also contains translations of key syllabus sections to other important languages in the Caribbean, including Spanish, French and Dutch.

Caribbean Syllabus is the second in a series of three syllabi that the Unpayable Debt Working Group is producing. The first was the Puerto Rico Syllabus, published in 2017 and focusing on the Puerto Rican debt crisis. The last syllabus will consider debt regimes in a global context and will be released in 2019.

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Looking Back, Moving Forward: Envisioning Change
12:00 PM12:00

Looking Back, Moving Forward: Envisioning Change

  • Pulitzer Hall, World Room, 3rd Floor (map)
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In recognition of Sexual Assault Awareness Month, CSSD working group Reframing Gendered Violence co-sponsors an interactive panel exploring lessons learned from the past 40 years in the field of sexual violence, examine the current landscape, and identify key strategies for the future.

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