The Graduate Consortium in Women's Studies

The GCWS announces our Fall 2013 and Spring 2014 graduate seminars. Seminars are open to students matriculated in graduate programs at our nine member insitutions.

Fall course deadline: August 21st, 2013

Spring course deadline: January 3rd, 2014

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The Graduate Consortium in Women's Studies

Engaging Feminist Pedagogy and Collaboration

In team-taught, interdisciplinary seminars at the cutting edge of their research questions, faculty and graduate students explore new avenues of inquiry, develop new knowledge, and learn new pedagogical skills.

"Teaching in the Consortium is an opportunity for so much intellectual stimulation. It creates a looser, more collaborative environment and a strong sense of community in the classroom."
- GCWS faculty

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Professional Development and Networking

GCWS events include conferences, course development workshops, panels, symposia, and more. All are catered towards the needs and interests of the students and faculty at our member schools and provide skills-building opportunities and discussions that deepen participants' knowledge in their fields.

"I love hearing about new scholarship and new approaches (even literature I have never heard of!) As a doctoral student one tends to get tunnel vision, and opportunities like this help widen the view."
- GCWS conference presenter
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Expanded Graduate Education

Courses are designed to foster a dynamic interchange between and among scholars and to provide intellectual stimulation for faculty and students doing work across disciplines. Our initiatives critically address gender, race, class, nation, sexualities, and the practical implications and applications of feminist theory.

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Building Intellectual Community

Our courses are designed to break new intellectual ground and to advance the field of Women's and Gender Studies.

"The incredible thing about GCWS courses is the attention to pedagogy, methodology, and feminism not as something studied or a flavor or research, but as a way of living and being a scholar."
- GCWS student
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2014 Women Take the Reel Film Festival, March 2014

This annual film festival is a collaborative effort among Women's and Gender Studies departments involved in the Graduate Consortium in Women's Studies (as well as select institutions/universities aligned with its mission) that features films directed by women and about issues relating to gender, race, sexuality, class and/or feminism. more »


Feminist Pedagogies: Symposium April 12th, 2014

We're happy to announce our list of graduate seminars for the academic year 2013-2014. Addressing topics such as Queer Theory, film, media, and body image, and more they're available to students at GCWS member institutions. more »


Being Feminist Faculty: Faculty workshop April 2, 2014

Few disciplines are as interdisciplinary or as rooted in activism as Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies. What specific conditions does that create for feminist faculty situated in institutions often struggling for gender equity, frequently "loaned" from other departments, and often compelled to educate colleagues about the most basic issues animating our enterprise? Sign up today. more ยป


Mission Statement

The Graduate Consortium in Women's Studies at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology brings together feminist scholars and teachers at nine Boston area institutions devoted to graduate teaching and research in women's studies and to advancing interdisciplinary women's studies scholarship.

Our mission is to advance the field of Women's Studies. For the twenty-first century, Women's Studies needs to develop new scholarship and theory across disciplines and attend to the integration of theory and practice as well as pedagogical innovations. A new Women's Studies agenda must address the shifting global context of women's social and economic lives, the effects of poverty and war, the implications of technology and a deteriorating environment, and the interconnected dynamics of race, class, sex, gender and power across cultures.

In pursuit of this mission, the Graduate Consortium in Women's Studies provides graduate courses, promotes faculty development, builds intellectual community, and offers a model of institutional change.

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The Graduate Consortium in Women's Studies
Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 14N-211
77 Massachusetts Avenue
Cambridge, MA 02139
Phone: 617-324-2085


Sex and the Citizen
Faith Smith
Associate Professor
African and African American Studies and English
Brandeis University
GCWS Board of Directors Co-Chair

Faith Smith is Associate Professor of African and African American Studies and English at Brandeis University and is the GCWS Board Co-Chair. A native of Jamaica, her research interests are gender, nationalism and culture in the Caribbean. Smith recently published the book Sex and the Citizen (U. of Virginia Press, 2011), a multidisciplinary collection of essays that draws on current anxieties about "legitimate" sexual identities and practices across the Caribbean to explore both the impact of globalization and the legacy of the region's history of sexual exploitation during colonialism, slavery, and indentureship. She has been a member of the GCWS Board on two occasions and this is her third year as Board Co-chair.