UMass Amherst Women, Gender, Sexuality Studies Department

UMass Amherst Women, Gender, Sexuality Studies Department WGSS at UMass Amherst is an interdisciplinary program. It offers an undergraduate BA and minor, and a Graduate Certificate in Advanced Feminist Studies.
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Women, Gender, Sexuality Studies at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst is both a discipline and an interdisciplinary program. The Program offers a Bachelor of Arts, an undergraduate minor and a Graduate Certificate in Advanced Feminist Studies. Women, Gender, Sexuality Studies at UMass has a proud history as one of the most established programs in the country, graduating our first undergraduate majors in 1975 and developing the graduate program in the 1990's. The Four Colleges and the University, in collaboration with the Five College Consortium, worked together to establish the Five College Women’s Studies Research Center. The Center organizes conference and workshops, features works in progress of Five College faculty, and offers residencies for national and international scholars and activists.

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FALL 2021: WGSS 395JIMAGINING JUSTICEM/W 2:30-3:45PMPROFESSOR LAURA CIOLKOWSKIThis course will enroll an equal number of...
04/01/2021

FALL 2021: WGSS 395J
IMAGINING JUSTICE
M/W 2:30-3:45PM
PROFESSOR LAURA CIOLKOWSKI

This course will enroll an equal number of students from UMass and students who are incarcerated in the Western Massachusetts Regional Women's Correctional Center (WCC) in Chicopee. As a member of this course, learning in collaboration with incarcerated students, you will be joining an international community of educators and students who are committed to dialogue and scholarly learning inside prisons and jails.

IMAGINING JUSTICE is an interdisciplinary exploration of the critical, aspirational, artistic, and creative forms that Justice takes in literature and the humanities more broadly. This course will explore the following questions: What sorts of ethical, social, and political issues are animated by writers and thinkers who seek to imagine and build a different world? What are the tangled roots of inequality and the legacies of s*xual, racial, and economic (in)justice? How do writers, poets, artists, and “freedom dreamers,” as Robin D.G. Kelley so memorably called them, labor to re-invent our universe and to imagine justice? Course topics will include: utopian and dystopian fiction; bioethics and literature; Afrofuturism; art and social justice; prison writing, poetry, and the literature of restorative and transformative justice. Authors may include: Octavia Butler, Toni Morrison, Euripides, Shakespeare, Kazuo Ishiguro, Claudia Rankine, Leslie Marmon Silko, Nicole Fleetwood, Ursula Le Guin, Margaret Atwood, James Baldwin, Natasha Trethewey.

Enrollment in this course is by application only. Permission by Instructor is required. Application for admission to the course is available here: https://forms.gle/HnUXPTubR4zRreUZ9

Please Note: Depending upon the status of COVID-19 in fall 2021, the format of this class may be adjusted to accommodate the needs of students both inside and outside the jail. Students should be prepared for blended sessions with the jail to be taught remotely, via Zoom.

FALL 2021: WGSS 395J
IMAGINING JUSTICE
M/W 2:30-3:45PM
PROFESSOR LAURA CIOLKOWSKI

This course will enroll an equal number of students from UMass and students who are incarcerated in the Western Massachusetts Regional Women's Correctional Center (WCC) in Chicopee. As a member of this course, learning in collaboration with incarcerated students, you will be joining an international community of educators and students who are committed to dialogue and scholarly learning inside prisons and jails.

IMAGINING JUSTICE is an interdisciplinary exploration of the critical, aspirational, artistic, and creative forms that Justice takes in literature and the humanities more broadly. This course will explore the following questions: What sorts of ethical, social, and political issues are animated by writers and thinkers who seek to imagine and build a different world? What are the tangled roots of inequality and the legacies of s*xual, racial, and economic (in)justice? How do writers, poets, artists, and “freedom dreamers,” as Robin D.G. Kelley so memorably called them, labor to re-invent our universe and to imagine justice? Course topics will include: utopian and dystopian fiction; bioethics and literature; Afrofuturism; art and social justice; prison writing, poetry, and the literature of restorative and transformative justice. Authors may include: Octavia Butler, Toni Morrison, Euripides, Shakespeare, Kazuo Ishiguro, Claudia Rankine, Leslie Marmon Silko, Nicole Fleetwood, Ursula Le Guin, Margaret Atwood, James Baldwin, Natasha Trethewey.

Enrollment in this course is by application only. Permission by Instructor is required. Application for admission to the course is available here: https://forms.gle/HnUXPTubR4zRreUZ9

Please Note: Depending upon the status of COVID-19 in fall 2021, the format of this class may be adjusted to accommodate the needs of students both inside and outside the jail. Students should be prepared for blended sessions with the jail to be taught remotely, via Zoom.

Dr. Chris Barcelos is a graduate of WGSS's Graduate Certificate in Feminist Studies!Please join us for the virtual launc...
03/26/2021
Distributing Condoms and Hope virtual book launch

Dr. Chris Barcelos is a graduate of WGSS's Graduate Certificate in Feminist Studies!

Please join us for the virtual launch of
Distributing Condoms and Hope: The Racialized Politics of Youth Sexual Health
(University of California Press, 2020)
by Chris Barcelos, Assistant Professor, University of Massachusetts Boston.
Tuesday, April 20th - 4 PM EDT
Click here to register: https://tinyurl.com/DCHlaunch
Moderated by: Rickie Solinger, Senior Editor, UC Press Series "Reproductive Justice: A New Vision for the 21st Century"
Discussants:
Krystale Littlejohn (University of Oregon), author of "Just Get on the Pill: Gender, Compulsory Birth Control, and Reproductive Injustice"
Natalie Lira (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign)
**Event will feature auto-captioning. Please contact us 2 weeks ahead of time to request CART or other access needs for this virtual event**



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Virtual launch of "Distributing Condoms and Hope: The Racialized Politics of Youth Sexual Health" (Univ. California Press, 2020)

Dr. Alex Deschamps Student Award
03/26/2021
Dr. Alex Deschamps Student Award

Dr. Alex Deschamps Student Award

Help UMass Amherst raise $7,500 for the project: Dr. Alex Deschamps Student Award. Your gift will make a difference!

Tuesday, March 232:30-3:30PMQ***R OF COLOR METHODOLOGIESFEATURING: Cameron Awkward-Rich (WGSS), Sony Coráñez Bolton (Lat...
03/23/2021

Tuesday, March 23
2:30-3:30PM

Q***R OF COLOR METHODOLOGIES

FEATURING:
Cameron Awkward-Rich (WGSS), Sony Coráñez Bolton (Latinx and Latin American Studies, Amherst College), Khary Polk (Black Studies & SWAG, Amherst College), Moderated by Laura Ciolkowski (WGSS)

RSVP for Zoom link: https://umass-amherst.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJEqdu-ppzsuE9T4v3iywS9byKvf4zTqNH6R

Tuesday, March 23
2:30-3:30PM

Q***R OF COLOR METHODOLOGIES

FEATURING:
Cameron Awkward-Rich (WGSS), Sony Coráñez Bolton (Latinx and Latin American Studies, Amherst College), Khary Polk (Black Studies & SWAG, Amherst College), Moderated by Laura Ciolkowski (WGSS)

RSVP for Zoom link: https://umass-amherst.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJEqdu-ppzsuE9T4v3iywS9byKvf4zTqNH6R

Join us on March 19th for "Critical Pedagogies of Race and Gender," a symposium honoring Dr. Alex Deschamps!Registration...
03/05/2021

Join us on March 19th for "Critical Pedagogies of Race and Gender," a symposium honoring Dr. Alex Deschamps!

Registration and information can be found at http://www.umass.edu/wgss/event/critical-pedagogies-race-and-gender.

Please also consider donating to the minute fund in Dr. Deschamps's honor: https://minutefund.umass.edu/project/25356.

Join us on March 19th for "Critical Pedagogies of Race and Gender," a symposium honoring Dr. Alex Deschamps!

Registration and information can be found at http://www.umass.edu/wgss/event/critical-pedagogies-race-and-gender.

Please also consider donating to the minute fund in Dr. Deschamps's honor: https://minutefund.umass.edu/project/25356.

We are offering a section of WGSS 201 – Gender and Difference:  Critical Analyses through UWW.  Please note there are fe...
01/05/2021
Class Enrollment : University Without Walls

We are offering a section of WGSS 201 – Gender and Difference: Critical Analyses through UWW. Please note there are fees associated with UWW classes.
This class will be taught remotely via Zoom and will include students from the Western Mass Regional Women’s Correctional Center in Chicopee MA. The Monday session is mandatory from 4:00-5:15. The incarcerated students will have a second session Thursdays from 2:30-3:45 – this will be optional for those signing up through UWW.
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WGSS 201 – Gender and Difference: Critical Analyses
Monday 4:00-5:15 p.m.
Thursday 2:30-3:45 (optional)
Laura Ciolkowski

This course will be conducted synchronously for the mandatory Monday session, via Zoom, inside the Western Massachusetts Regional Women's Correctional Center (WCC) in Chicopee. There will be a second weekly session held on Thursday, but with the option to participate. The course will enroll an equal number of students from UMass and students who are incarcerated in the facility. As a member of this course, learning in collaboration with incarcerated students, you will be joining an international community of educators and students who are committed to dialogue and scholarly learning inside prisons and jails. For additional details, contact Professor Laura Ciolkowski, [email protected]

An introduction to the vibrant field of women, gender, and s*xuality studies, this course familiarizes students with the basic concepts in the field and draws connections to the world in which we live. An interdisciplinary field grounded in commitment to both intellectual rigor and individual and social transformation, WGSS asks fundamental questions about the conceptual and material conditions of our lives. What are “gender,” “s*xuality,” “race,” and “class?” How are gender categories, in particular, constructed differently across social groups, nations, and historical periods? What are the connections between gender and socio-political categories such as race, ethnicity, class, s*xuality, (dis)ability and others? How do power structures such as s*xism, racism, heteros*xism, and classism and others intersect? How can an understanding of gender and power enable us to act as agents of individual and social change? Emphasizing inquiry in transnational feminisms, critical race feminisms, and s*xuality studies, this course examines gender within a broad nexus of identity categories, social positions, and power structures. Areas of focus may include q***r and trans studies; feminist literatures and cultures; feminist science studies; reproductive politics; gender, labor and feminist economics, environmental and climate justice; the politics of desire, and others. Readings include a range of q***r, feminist and women thinkers from around the world, reflecting diverse and interdisciplinary perspectives in the field.

Instructions on how to enroll in a UWW class and more.

Arts Extension Service
12/14/2020

Arts Extension Service

Meet Arts Extension Service student, Natalie ‘21. She is a double major in Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies & Communication at UMass Amherst.

She says, “Professionally, my concentration and focus is in education policy and K-12 education reform. I am personally passionate about reforming arts education policies and promoting the benefits of this discipline in terms of a child's development. Arts advocacy is a big part of arts management; I hope to work at an NGO or Think Tank that focuses on advocacy.”

After taking Intro to Arts Management, Arts Programming and Financial Management in the Arts, Natalie is looking forward to taking Arts Marketing & Arts Fundraising this coming spring semester. She mentions, “I would recommend that those who have a passion for the arts take these classes. We need passionate people to keep these sectors alive. AES courses are fascinating and help folks build their skillset and hone in on the next steps for students' desired careers.”

Are you passionate about making change happen through the arts like Natalie? Find out more about the AES’s spring semester courses. https://bit.ly/3p2K5Sb

The Department of WGSS extends our hearty CONGRATULATIONS to all the students in Professor Laura Ciolkowski's WGSS cours...
12/09/2020

The Department of WGSS extends our hearty CONGRATULATIONS to all the students in Professor Laura Ciolkowski's WGSS course IMAGINING JUSTICE. Imagining Justice was conducted, via Zoom, in the Western Massachusetts Regional Women's Correctional Center in Chicopee. The class enrolled a group of UMass students and students incarcerated in the facility. We celebrate you all on this graduation day for your hard work, your creativity, and your commitment to reading, writing, and thinking about literature and social justice!

If you’re thinking about a winter class and need a Gened HS, DU, we’re offering the following class.   If you’ve taken t...
11/23/2020
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If you’re thinking about a winter class and need a Gened HS, DU, we’re offering the following class. If you’ve taken this course, and think it was great, please forward to your friends! Because of the dates changing, wintersession classes are extended to six weeks.


WGSS 286 – History of Sexuality and Race in the U.S.

This course is an introduction to the interdisciplinary feminist study of s*xuality. Its primary goal is to provide a forum for students to consider the history of s*xuality and race in the U.S. both in terms of theoretical frameworks within women's and gender studies, and in terms of a range of sites where those theoretical approaches become material, are negotiated, or are shifted. The course is a fully interdisciplinary innovation. It will emphasize the links rather than differences between theory and practice and between cultural, material, and historical approaches to the body, gender, and s*xuality. Throughout the course we will consider contemporary s*xual politics "from the science of s*x and s*xuality to marriage debates" in light of histories of racial and s*xual formations. (Gen. Ed. HS, DU) This course was formerly numbered WGSS 290C. You may not take this course if you’ve taken WGSS 290C.

https://www.umass.edu/uww/

University Without Walls (UWW) offers programs for lifelong learners of all kinds, from completing your bachelor’s degree, gaining professional development skills or a high schooler looking to take college credit. Our classes and program offerings provide you with the flexible education you need t...

https://www.umass.edu/newsoffice/article/women-gender-s*xuality-studies-professor
11/03/2020
Women, Gender, Sexuality Studies Professor Wins Kendrick Prize from Society for Literature, Science & the Arts

https://www.umass.edu/newsoffice/article/women-gender-s*xuality-studies-professor

Banu Subramaniam, professor in the department of women, gender, s*xuality studies, won the 2020 Society for Literature, Science & the Arts (SLSA) Michelle Kendrick Memorial Book Prize for the best book in Literature, Science & the Arts for the book “Holy Science: The Biopolitics of Hindu Nationali...

Our virtual Fall Reception is Monday, Oct 19th at 7:30 PM! Please join to meet our faculty and other students, learn abo...
10/13/2020

Our virtual Fall Reception is Monday, Oct 19th at 7:30 PM! Please join to meet our faculty and other students, learn about our Spring 2021 classes, and learn how to declare a major in WGSS!

10/09/2020

Congratulations to faculty member Banu Subramaniam!

2020 Society for Literature, Science & the Arts
Kendrick Book Prize for the best book in Literature, Science & the Arts

Winner: Banu Subramaniam, Holy Science: The Biopolitics of Hindu Nationalism (University of Washington Press, 2019)

"This is a profound and important demonstration of what feminist science studies can bring to contemporary cultural criticism, one that is particularly timely in exploring the role of science in the rise of Hindu Nationalism. Imaginative in conception and remarkably nuanced and precise in its articulations, Holy Science offers both bold claims and a responsible basis for hope as we challenge ourselves to create a more just future. . ."

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09/17/2020

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