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About the Program

The University of Pittsburgh Gender, Sexuality, and Women's Studies Program is committed to promoting feminist and LGBTQIA activism, pedagogy, and scholarship that engage with the larger local, national, and global communities. Program offerings provide opportunities for students and faculty to explore the historical development, cultural variations, and changing representations of gender and sexuality as they organize identities, interactions, and institutions and intersect in complex ways with sex, race, class, ethnicity, ability, age, religion, and nation. Learn More >


Visit of External Scholar Katrina Karkazis Learn More >
Deadline to Submit Abstracts for Conference "Doing the Body in the 21st Century" Learn More >
Annual Iris Marion Young Event: Awards Ceremony and Round-table Discussion Learn More >


Incoming Women Students: Join the "Women Lead Living Learning Community" this fall

The Women Lead Living Learning Community (LLC) partners with the Gender, Sexuality, and Women's Studies Program to provide a focus on leadership, activism and community building. Within this collective environment, students discuss and examine their experiences, achievements and positions as women in higher education and society. Students residing in the Women Lead LLC enroll in GSWS 001: Women and Leadership, a one (1) credit experiential course in the fall 2015 semester on Tuesdays 6–6:50 p.m.

Gender-Inclusive Writing Guidelines

The GSWS Steering Committee recently approved a document with guidelines for gender-inclusive student writing, now available here:

GSWS Conference: "Doing the Body in the 21st Century"

Bodies can be collective, material, medicalized, biological, sexual, queer, trans, normative, political, racial, transnational, ecological, historical, useful, global, affective, gendered, disabled, surveilled, controlled, subjected, transformed, enhanced, engineered, empowered, organized, managed, discursive, aesthetic, translated, theorized, aging, acting, voting, merging, migrating, moving, constructing, creating, performing.

What does it mean to study the body today? How are scholars thinking about them?

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