Administrative Note: Please bear with us as we plan for a website upgrade!
The websites within our college (International Studies and Programs) are currently undergoing a lengthy overhaul and service upgrade. During this process, we are limited in the website content that we are able to update. Many of our pages will be out-of-date, so please check our homepage (that you are currently viewing), our Facebook page, calendar, and group, and our event/Digest emails for updates on events and news. Feel free to email us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any specific questions or concerns! We hope our new website will be up and running early this summer.
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!
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.
WP 303: Gender, Power, and Traumatic Stress in a Q’eqchi’ Refugee Community in Mexico, by Faith R. Warner.
WP 304: Special Issue: Anthropological Approaches to Gender-based Violence and Human Rights, by Sheila Dauer, Melissa A. Beske, Janet Chernela, Rebecka Lundgren and Melissa K. Adams, and Shannon Speed.
WP 305: Socio-economic Trends and the Rising Age of Marriage among Women in the Developing World: Implications for Policy and Advocacy, by Julianne R. Weis.
WP 306: Behind Maya Doors: Gender Violence, Acceptance, and Resistance in Highland Guatemala, by Liliana Goldín, Rachel Copeland, & Diana Padilla-Medina.
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 2015 will be held Wednesdays from 2:00-4:00pm.
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 February 2015 GenCen Digest is now available.
The Winter 2015 GPID Resource Bulletin is now available.GenCen announces graduate student funding opportunities!
March 4, 7:00pm, Room W449 MSU Library. Marge Piercy Made In Detroit reading and booksigning
GenCen Colloquia Series:
March 20, 1:30-3:00pm, Room 201 International Center. Round Table: Women's and Gender Studies in Turkey, presented by Emine Ö. Evered, MSU Department of History; Michelle Kaminski and Stacy Hickox, MSU Department of Human Resources and Labor Relations; and Hannah Brenner, MSU College of Law.
April 17, 1:30-3:00pm, Room 201 International Center. When Sade meets French Porno-Punk: The Marquis and Virginie Despentes, presented by Valentina Denzel, MSU Department of Romance and Classical Studies.
GJEC Brown Bag Series:
February 26, 12:00-1:00pm, Room 302 International Center. Incorporating Gender in Food Systems Innovations: A Case Study of the Pigeon Pea Value Chain in Malawi, presented by Michelle Larkins and Nathalie Me-Nsope.
March 4, 12:00-1:00pm, Room 201 International Center. The Feminization of French Farming, presented by Alexis Annes and Wynne Wright.
April 16, 12:00-1:00pm, Room 204 International Center. At Home and at the Plaza: Indigenous Claims to the City in Northwestern Mexico, presented by Lucero Radonic.