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Women, Gender & Sexuality is an interdisciplinary department in which students study gender and sexualities with an emphasis on transnational perspectives.


By examining social issues, literary, scientific, and historical materials, students develop a critical, socially engaged sense of how gender and/or sexualities shape and are shaped by the world around them. Topics range from women’s political participation to body politics to lesbian/gay parenting and transgender concerns.  Courses currently being offered focus on women's media, literature, and art, women in sports, queer theory, gender politics, and LGBTQ Studies.

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When a radio interviewer suggested to the Iranian poet Forough Farrokhzad that her verses could... read more

Feeling pain and fear in the marrow of my fingers, I wonder what was so dangerous, so menacing... read more

Transgender characters on television shows, in movies and in other mainstream media have never... read more

Upcoming Events

Susana Baca in Concert at UVA

Sunday, February 17, 2019 , 7:00pm

Old Cabell

Symposium on the Music of Judith Shatin

Friday, April 5, 2019 , TBD

TBD