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Gender and Sexuality Studies Institute
6 East 16th Street, Room 1019
New York, NY 10003

Chiara Bottici
McKenzie Wark

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About the GSSI

The Gender and Sexuality Studies Institute is the new central intellectual home for people working in the field of gender, sexualities, and LGBTQI+ studies, providing a hub for rich and diverse forms of scholarship, creative practice, and public programming.

Co-founded by Chiara Bottici, Associate Professor of Philosophy, and Lisa Rubin, Associate Professor of Psychology, the Institute brings together faculty and students from across the university involved with the Gender and Sexuality Studies graduate certificate and the Gender Studies undergraduate minor, as well as those teaching or taking courses in the history of feminist thought and action; masculinity studies; gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender studies; and queer theory.

The New School has been a pioneer in the field of Gender Studies, and the Institute honors that history while supporting new initiatives. Plans for the 2021-22 year include hosting talks and other open events; hosting the spring annual Gender Matters symposium; and connecting students with relevant scholarships, job opportunities, and research mentorship.

Spring Events

Wednesday, February 1st. 6:00-8:00PM EST. Tehran Tourist: A State of One’s Own. Film projection and discussion with Roxanne Varzi.
Friday, February 10th. 4:00-6:00PM EST. Book Panel: “A Feminist Mythology”. Co-sponsored with the NSSR Philosophy Department. A book panel with Christen Clifford, Jean-Michel Rabaté, and Rose Rejouis, with a response by Chiara Bottici.
Wednesday, March 8th. 6:00-8:00PM EST. Iran in Focus – The Fall of Zahak: The Revolutionary Possibilities in Iran. Register here.
Thursday, March 23rd. 6:00-8:00PM EST. Book Discussion: “Cannibal Capitalism”. Speakers: Nancy Fraser, Alyssa Battistoni, David Harvey, Rocio Zambrana. Register here.
Friday, March 24th. 4:00-6:00PM EST. Book Discussion: “Colonial Debts: The Case of Puerto Rico”. With Nancy Fraser and Veronica Gago, with an answer by author Rocío Zambrana. Moderated by Chiara Bottici. Register here.
Monday, March 27th. 6:00-8:00PM EST. The rise of the alt-right and gender rights regression. Presented by Anna Loretoni. Register here.
Mondays, March 27th – May 29th. 11:00AM-12:30PM EST. ONLINE | 10 Week Seminar: Decolonizing and Globalizing LGBTQ+ Studies. Seminar Leaders: Paweł Leszkowicz and Tomasz Kitlinski. Register here.
Thursday, April 6th. 12:00-1:30PM EST. Inclusive or expansive gender language? Comparing experiences within and outside social media. Vera Gheno and McKenzie Wark in conversation, moderated by Chiara Bottici. Register here.
Thursday, April 6th. 6:00-8:00PM EST. Feminism as a Politics of Articulation: bell hooks and the Trouble of Identities. Speaker: Paola Rudan. Register here.

Explore an archive highlighting some of our past events here.

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