The Center for Gender in Global Context (GenCen), in International Studies and Programs (ISP), draws together the strengths of the program in Women, Gender, and Social Justice (WGSJ) in the College of Arts and Letters (CAL) and the College of Social Science (SSC) and the Gender, Development and Globalization Program (GDG) in ISP. These programs have historically looked at gender in the US and in international contexts, respectively. The new center emphasizes women and gender in a global context, with distinctive new programs promoting teaching, research, and outreach relevant to 21st century concerns.
The center's Mission Statement describes its purpose as follows:
The Center for Gender in Global Context is an interdisciplinary center in International Studies and Programs focused on gender, feminist, and women's studies. Its affiliated faculty and students study how women and men from diverse racial, ethnic, national, and sexual backgrounds live in and engage with the world and how processes of global change affect gender relations locally, nationally, and internationally. Working in conjunction with the academic colleges, the center promotes outstanding undergraduate and graduate education, facilitates research and scholarship of the highest caliber, and undertakes innovative outreach and active learning initiatives.
In teaching and active learning, the center also works with colleges and departments to provide students with academic and active learning opportunities focused on gender and global change through gender-related degrees, specializations, and minors. In addition, new co-curricular activities will help students develop cultural competencies and global consciousness, including gender-focused internships, research mentoring, and study abroad programs. These and other active learning experiences will deepen students' understandings of gender relations, the cultural and material politics of place, and the relationships between global and local transformations in real-world contexts. Students will be prepared to be socially responsible citizens, professionals, and leaders of the 21st century.
Outreach to Michigan communities, families, and schools will increase knowledge about how local lives are affected by global processes and heighten appreciation for gender, racial, ethnic, sexual identity, and other forms of diversity.
The center concentrates on gender and women's studies through interdisciplinary, comparative, transnational, and trans-cultural approaches. It connects faculty and students in the humanities, social sciences, natural sciences, residential colleges, agriculture and natural resources, and professional fields and has support from all associated academic deans. Those affiliated with the center will consider how global flows of ideas, people, trade, and new communication networks are transforming women and men's lives and gender relations, and they will examine how gendered power structures affect processes of globalization. The intersections of gender identities with racial, ethnic, sexual, socioeconomic, and other differences will be highlighted in the context of global change.
Anne Ferguson and Lisa Fine, Co-Directors
Meet the Staff!
To schedule an appointment with the GenCen student advisor, please use MSU's online Advising Appointment System—select "Women's and Gender Studies" from the list.
Walk-in advising hours for Spring Semester 2014 are held Tuesdays, 1:30-3:30pm.
An Undergraduate Specialization in LGBTQ & Sexuality Studies is now available for student enrollment! Please make an appointment with the GenCen student advisor if you are interested in enrolling or in learning more. You can also visit the Registrar's website to view program requirements.
The February 2014 GenCen Digest is now available.
The Fall 2013 GPID Resource Bulletin is now available.
GenCen Colloquia Series
Fridays, 1:30-3:00pm, Room 201 International Center
March 21, Colombian Women: War, Peace and Hope, by Elvira Sanchez-Blake, Department of Romance and Classical Studies. Special location: Room 303 International Center.
April 18, Women Scorned: The Determinant of Women's Participation in Armed Conflicts, by Jakana Thomas, Department of Political Science.
Women's History Month Events
Black Girl Dangerous: A talk by Mia McKenzie, March 12, MSU Union Ballroom, 6:00-7:30pm
The Trans-Atlantic: How a Girl Becomes a Ship, March 27, 115 International Center, 3:00-5:00pm
GPID Editors' Series Special Event
Intimate Partner Violence: Costs and Consequences for Development, by Nata Duvvury
April 3, 115 International Center, 3:00-5:00pm. Informal Reception to follow. This event is co-sponsored by GenCen, CASID, and the Asian Studies Center.
Introducing GenCen’s newly-affiliated Core and Consulting Faculty!
Adrienne Adams (Community Psychology)
Stephanie Amada (Writing, Rhetoric, and American Culture)
Amy Bonomi (Human Development and Family Studies)
Valentina Denzel (French)
Andrew Dillon (Agricultural, Food, and Resource Economics)
Terry Flennaugh (Teacher Education)
Erin Graham (History)
Kathryn McEwen (Ling/Lang)
Christa Porter (Higher, Adult, and Lifelong Learning)
Dan Smith (Theatre)
Karen Williams (Obstetrics and Gynecology)
Logan Williams (Sociology/Lyman Briggs)
Felicia Wu (Food Science and Human Nutrition/Agricultural, Food, and Resource Economics)
Cheryl Caesar (Writing, Rhetoric, and American Culture)
Peter de Costa (Linguistics and Languages)
Heather Gasser (Residential Initiative on the Study of Development)
Maria Porter (Education)
Joshua Yumibe (Film Studies)
GPID Resource Bulletin: Call for Book Reviews
The Gendered Perspectives on International Development Resource Bulletin recently received review copies of a number of titles, and is looking for interested parties to review them. Chosen reviewers will be able to keep a copy of the title they review, and their review will be published with authorial credit in an edition of the Bulletin. Attached is a list of books available for review. Interested individuals should contact the Bulletin at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Gendered Perspectives on International Development (GPID) Working Papers Editorial Board announced:
GenCen is pleased to announce this year's editorial board for the GPID Working Papers series. This year's board consists of ten highly acclaimed scholars in the fields of gender studies, masculinity studies, and development. The members are: Dr. Valentine Moghadam, Dr. Cathy Rakowski, Dr. Krista Van Vleet, Dr. Ethel Brooks, Dr. B. Jane Parpart, Dr. Nata Duvvury, Dr. Robin Haarr, Dr. Dorothy Hodgson, Dr. Adam Jones, and Dr. Barbara Sutton.
See our News page for more information on our Board members!