The Women's and Gender Studies Program offers interdisciplinary perspectives on the complex role gender plays in shaping the world around us. It enables students to understand how gender impacts their everyday lives as well as its role in society, institutions and practices both locally and globally. Coursework addresses important topics that are traditionally underrepresented in academic studies, such as the lives and works of women, gays, lesbians and peoples of color. Through its innovative pedagogies, the Program's encourages students to develop their own analytical skills to evaluate how gender is imagined and practiced throughout the world.
Women and Gender Studies draws upon coursework in fields such as Anthropology, English, History, Latin American Literature and Culture, Political Science, Psychology, Religious Studies, and Sociology. Drawing up transnational and intersectional approaches, students investigate gender through its connections with race, class, cultural identity, sexuality, nationality, and religion. This holistic approach enables us to interrogate essentializing categories of identity and static notions like "traditional vs. modern," "West vs. East," "heterosexual vs. homosexual," which distort significant gendered differences across the globe.
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Women Under the Open Sky
Rebecca Chowdhury '13 received the Hatcher Prize for her essay that analyzes Liliana Ancalao's second book of poems entitled, Mujeres a la intemperie: Pu Zomo Wekuntu Mew which can be translated as Women Under the Open Sky: Pu Zomo Wekuntu Mew. More...
The Transnational Collective is an interdisciplinary group of Kenyon faculty and staff pursuing curricular initiatives that explore the intersections of race, class, and gender through transnational and feminist theories and pedagogies.
Women in Science and Science Fiction
Please read Professor of Biology Joan Slonczewski's post concerning Women in Science and Science Fiction