The Institute for Research on Women, Gender, and Sexuality is the locus of interdisciplinary feminist and queer scholarship and teaching at Columbia University.


Jack Halberstam is Professor of Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies and English at Columbia University. Jack is a popular speaker and gives lectures around the country and internationally every year. Lecture topics include: queer failure, sex and media, subcultures, visual culture, gender variance, popular film, animation. Halberstam is currently working on several projects including a book titled WILD THING on queer anarchy, performance and protest culture, the visual representation of anarchy and the intersections between animality, the human and the environment. Halberstam is also finishing up a short book titled Trans* for UC Press, forthcoming in 2017.

``I often like to talk about feminism not as something that adheres to bodies, not as something grounded in gendered bodies, but as an approach -- as a way of conceptualizing, as a methodology, as a guide to strategies for struggle``.

Angela Davis


04oct5:00 pmIRWGS Grad Student Open House

05oct4:00 pm6:00 pmFeminist to the Core: Puccini’s La Bohème

06octallday07alldayScenes at 20: Inspirations, Riffs, and Reverberations

09oct4:00 pm5:30 pmStripped to the Bone: Sequencing Queerness in the Comic Strip Work of Joe Brainard and David Wojnarowicz with Ramzi Fawaz

16oct12:00 pmA Graduate/Faculty seminar with Sarah Ahmed, Rereading “Affective Economies” (2004) today

16oct6:00 pmThe Institutional as Usual: Diversity Work as Data Collection with Sara Ahmed

23oct12:00 pmA Body of Becketts

23oct6:30 pmMustang by Deniz Gamze Ergüven (2015)Film Screening

26oct12:15 pm(Re)Making Political Subjects: Interrogating Gender Quotas and Women’s Representation in Angola with Selina Makana

30oct6:30 pmThe Returns of Fetishism: Charles de Brosses and the Afterlives of an Idea by Rosalind Morris and Daniel LeonardIRWGS anniversary event


01nov12:00 pm“Strangers in Their Own Land,” with Professor Arlie Russell HochschildBook Talk

01nov5:00 pm7:00 pmReassembling Motherhood: Procreation and Care in a Globalized World, Edited by Yasmine Ergas, Jane Jenson, and Sonya Michel

09nov6:30 pmCarolee Schneemann: Kinetic PaintingExhibit

15nov12:00 pm2:00 pmTheory Salon with Simona Forti

15nov6:00 pmCombahee River Collective Mixtape: Black Feminist Sonic Dissent Then and Now

16nov4:30 pmFeminist to the Core: Psychoanalysis, Contemporary Art and Feminism with Rosalyn Deutsche

17nov12:00 pm2:00 pmThe Archive of Psychoanalysis : The Temptation of the Plot in Freud’s Studies on Hysteria with Isabelle Alfandary

17nov5:30 pm7:30 pmConversation with Guinevere Turner and Tom Kalin

20nov4:00 pm6:30 pm20th Anniversary of Professor Dorothy Robert's Landmark Book, Killing the Black Body: Race, Reproduction and the Meaning of Liberty


04dec4:00 pm6:00 pmSenior Thesis Presentation

07dec5:00 pmMarcellus Blount, Still Here Memoir Reading Event

11dec10:00 am4:00 pmWGSS Ivy Event