GWS awarded Affirming Multivocal Humanities Mellon Grant!

March 28, 2024

We are delighted to announce that the Department of Gender & Women's Studies has been awarded a $100,00 Mellon Foundation Grant to sustain our public programming on decoloniality and bodily autonomy. The award is part of Mellon’s Affirming Multivocal Humanities Program (link is external), which “ensure[s] broad access to the study of race, ethnicity, gender, and/or sexuality … equip[ping] a new generation of thinkers and citizens to engage in the multivocal nature of our democracy.”

GWS’s public programming in this period aims to take a deep dive into decolonial views of gender and sexuality. And it aims to theorize and respond to the deluge of attacks on women, pregnant, and gender non-conforming people’s embodied autonomy and freedom, attending to and highlighting the links between reproductive and trans justice.

It is striking how central struggles over racialized sex, gender and sexuality are in the current political moment, both in the U.S. and transnationally. GWS’s public programming will work to reveal and analyze the links between the polity as a whole and gender, to think in public about what is at stake and to envision new openings.