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Graduate Studies

``These are revolutionary times that beg us to think, in newer and different ways, about what we will do in this moment.``

Alondra Nelson

Graduate Studies

IRWGS graduate students are part of a vibrant community of feminist scholars interested in gender and sexuality studies. Graduate students participate in the wide range of institute events and, in addition to opportunities to pursue the IRWGS Graduate Certificate, they may join the IRWGS Graduate Colloquium and Theory Salon series.

The IRWGS Graduate Colloquium is an opportunity for graduate students to workshop their research. Students may present a dissertation chapter, conference paper, course essay, or other piece of writing in order to practice presenting their ideas to a small audience and to receive productive feedback on their work from other graduate student scholars.

IRWGS Theory Salons are graduate student/faculty-led seminars, featuring an IRWGS faculty member or prominent visitor who has chosen a key theoretical text or sample of their own work for discussion. Past Salons have included: Patricia Williams (Law) on Avery Gordon; Neferti Tadiar (WGSS) on Marx; Evelyn Fox Keller (MIT, History of Philosophy of Science) on her book Reflections on Gender and Science; Alondra Nelson (Sociology) on Bruno Latour; Shamus Khan (Sociology) on Bourdieu; Linda Zerilli (University of Chicago, Political Science) on “The Turn to Affect and the Problem of Judgment”; and Branka Arsić (English) on her book Bird Relics. 

Theory Salons promote conversation amongst graduate students and faculty across disciplines. They also provide an informal academic atmosphere in which students can tackle difficult texts in conversation with feminist scholars.

For additional information on these or other IRWGS graduate opportunities, please contact Director of Graduate Studies, Marianne Hirsch (


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

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