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 are offered Wednesdays from 10:00am-12:00pm.
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 December 2013 GenCen Digest is now available.
The Fall 2013 GPID Resource Bulletin is now available.
GenCen Annual Student Competitions. Submissions due FRIDAY December 13
All competition submissions will be reviewed by a faculty committee, and the award will be presented at the annual GenCen Open House in January. The award winner will receive a $200.00 prize. Submissions are to be made to the GenCen office via email at email@example.com (in Microsoft Word, in formats up to Word 2013). Letters of support for the Dobson Award may be submitted electronically via email to firstname.lastname@example.org or by mail in hard copy. Please indicate the competition you are submitting to and be sure to include a contact phone number and email address.
Tracy Dobson Award for Undergraduate Student Feminist Activism
The award honors an MSU undergraduate who has distinguished him or herself through exemplary local, national, or international activism on behalf of gender equity and social justice. The award will recognize those who have achieved a leadership position on behalf of their chosen cause. Evidence of commitment to a feminist cause through the college career as well as dedication to a career in some aspect of gender equity and social justice is required. To apply: please submit CV/resume and a three-page description of the feminist cause you have been involved in and your role in it. Two letters of support—from a supervisor, co-worker, peer activist or MSU faculty or staff mentor—are also required in support of your application materials.
Mary Anderson Award for the Best Undergraduate Paper on Women and Gender in Global Perspective
The paper should have been completed within the past year and should focus on issues related to women and gender in global perspective. Papers should be approximately 20 double-spaced pages in length.
Rita S. Gallin Award for the Best Graduate Paper on Women and Gender in Global Perspective
The paper should be approximately 20 double-spaced pages in length, and have been completed within the past year and should focus on issues related to women, gender, international development, and globalization.
New GPID Working Papers available!
WP 301: Women, Men, Children and Livestock: Partnerships and Gendered Negotiations in the Ful'be Household Livestock Enterprise, by Karen Marie Greenough.
WP 302: Introducing Functional Time Use (FTU) Analysis: A Gender-Sensitive Approach to Labor Time, by Lisa Ringhofer.
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 email@example.com.
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!