Welcome to the Gender Institute
A university-wide research center funded by the Provost, the Gender Institute supports and promotes research and teaching related to women, gender, and sexuality. We offer fellowships, grants, and cosponsorships to faculty and students to encourage and support their research on women and on the intricate connections between gender and other social constructions, such as sexuality, race, class, health, age, nationality, religion, and nature. We also sponsor and cosponsor programs, including lectures, workshops, conferences, symposia, film screenings, and art exhibitions, to encourage interdisciplinary scholarship and artistic achievement.
Fall 2013 Welcome Reception
and Janice L Moritz Distinguished Lecture on Women and Labor
October 7, 2013
UB Professor and Chair of the Department of Sociology, Debra Street, gave the Janice L. Moritz Distinguished Lecture at our Annual Welcoming Reception for New and Returning Faculty at the Frank Lloyd Wright Fontana Boathouse, on the Buffalo Waterfront.
Read our spring 2013 NEWSLETTER
Fall 2013 Dissertation Workshop
This semester, the Gender Institute will once again host its dissertation writing workshop,
which meets weekly to write and discuss over lunch. Writers include domestic and
international graduate students from three different schools across campus
(College of Arts and Sciences, School of Nursing, and School of Social Work) who are conducting research on women and gender.Participants of the Spring 2013 Dissertation Workshop: Aubrey Kubiak (Romance Languages and Literatures; Facilitator), Tina Žigon (English), Theresa Warburton (Global Gender Studies), Rachel Eshenour (History), Sarah Handley-Cousins (History), Jessica Saltzberg Perkins (American Studies), Keiko Ogata (English), Whitney Mendel (Social Work). Not Pictured: Roslyn Collins (Social Work), Jin Young Seo (Nursing)
"A mother's vision includes tough nurturance, survival love, a demanding state of grace. It is a vision slowly forming from the body of work created by women. I imagine a wide and encompassing room filled with women lost in concentration. They are absorbed in the creation of an emotional tapestry, an intellectual quilt."
Louise Erdrich, The Blue Jay's Dance
"Looking back over the chapter I recently submitted, I was surprised to see how much I had completed during our dissertation workshop."
"The workshop created an atmosphere where like-minded Ph.D. students could spend time writing, while gaining encouragement from others who truly understand the underlying level of stress writing can have on an individual's life; the workshop also created an atmosphere where support and suggestions were freely offered (i.e. creating a balance for writing, normalizing the writing process, balancing writing with family, job, proper nutrition, exercise, etc.)."
Roslyn Collins, School of Social Work
"I enjoyed having a time set aside dedicated to writing, and consistent group of colleagues for support; what a great way to meet new people, make friends, and form new networks within the University. I found it beneficial because not only did it set aside that time on Monday for writing, but it helped to keep my dissertation prospectus at the front of my attention, which motivated me to write throughout the week, as well. By the last meeting of the group, I had completed my prospectus. I hope to be involved again in the future!"
Sarah Handley-Cousins, History
The Gender Institute is pleased to announce our
2013-14 Dissertation Fellows
David Squires, English
"Adapting the Archive: Modern Literature and the Rise of Library Science"
Mr. Squire's project investigates the epochal shifts in the social function of archival institutions that came with the rise library science between 1880 and 1950. Tracing those changes through their impact on modern literature, he argues that library science transmuted knowledge of gender, race and national belonging by pioneering new modes of circulating information in the Atlantic world.
Bincy Wilson, Social Work
"Examination of the process of exit of women from Commercial Sexual Exploitation (CSE) across cultures - India and the US"
To understand the cultural nuances in the exit process of women from Commercial Sexual Exploitation (CSE) and develop/modify services that would best assist them in the process, this study captures the experiences of women who are currently in, exiting, or have exited CSE, and are receiving or have received services from non-profit agencies along with tapping into the knowledge gained by service providers across India and the US.