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WGGP Upcoming Events

WGGP library exhibit  
WGGP Main Library Exhibit Preview  
WGGP September Main Library Exhibit
Main Library 1st Floor North-South Corridor

Special thanks to Cindy Ingold and her team at the Social Sciences, Health, and Education Library for setting up this month-long exhibit of WGGP's history.  They are putting the finishing touches on it and will be ready to start the showcase on September 1st.   The exhibit is complete with a timeline since 1980, history of the named fellowships, and much more.  Also, special recognition to former ATLAS Intern Esraa Ahmed, for her archive research to make this exhibit possible.


Afghan women  
Photo credit: AFP  

Panel on Solidarity with Afghan Women: Imperial Wars and Feminist Struggles in Afghanistan

Tuesday, September 7
via Zoom

Please join us to see the current moment in Afghanistan through a historical feminist lens revealing how imperialism and religion weave the patriarchal order in Afghanistan and how Afghan women resist this order. Three outstanding Afghan scholar-activists will share their experiences and analyses.

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Laura McCloskey  
Dr. Laura McCloskey, Indiana University Bloomington  

Gender, Power and HIV in South Africa: Disparities in risk for girls and women

Friday, September 24
via Zoom

Dr. McCloskey's interdisciplinary research program focuses on the role of gender-based abuse in women’s health and well-being with her most recent empirical project based in South Africa.   

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Click here for a complete list of WGGP Fall 2021 events



Illinois Global Institute 2021-2022 Lecture Series


The 2021-2022 Blueprint for Transitional Justice in the US: Building on Lessons and Insights from Global Perspectives Series presented by the Illinois Global Institute in partnership with Center for African Studies, Center for East Asian and Pacific Studies, Center for Global Studies, Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies, Center for South Asian and Middle Eastern Studies, European Union Center, Lemann Center for Brazilian Studies, and Women and Gender in Global Perspectives Program.

Fionnuala Ní Aoláin  
Dr. Fionnuala Ní Aoláin  

September Speaker

The Relevance of Transitional Justice Twenty Years after 9/11

Dr. Fionnuala Ní Aoláin
University of Minnesota Law School

Thursday, September 30

via Zoom

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This lecture will address the challenges and relevance of transitional justice twenty years after the events of 9/11 and in the context of the return of the Taliban to territorial control of Afghanistan.  Lessons learnt over the past twenty years, and in particular the relevance of accountability, truth, justice and reparations to the 'war on terror' will be examined.

This series is made possible by the Chancellor’s 2021-2022 Call to Action to Address Racism & Social Injustice Research Program and co-sponsored by the Humanities Research Institute and the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Diversity, Equity & Inclusion.  Additional support is provided by the Department of Education Title VI Program.


Upcoming Campus Events

  Lisa Elzey Mercer
  Lisa Elzey Mercer
Women@NCSA September Event
Lisa Elzey Mercer on Responsible Design and Social Innovation

Wednesday, September 1
via Zoom

Lisa Mercer, UIUC Assistant Professor of Graphic Design and Design for Responsible Innovation, on a talk titled Responsible Design and Social Innovation.

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Mary L. Gray, Microsoft Research  
Just Infrastructures Features Microsoft Research Mary L. Gray

Just Infrastructures
free fall speaker series hosts Mary L. Gray, senior principal researcher at Microsoft Research and faculty associate at Harvard University’s Berkman Klein Center for Internet and Society.

Wednesday, September 8
12:00pm via Zoom

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GWS Open House  
Gender and Women's Studies Open House

Thursday, September 9

1205 W. Nevada (Outside)

Come meet the GWS faculty, staff, and fellow students, outside the GWS House (1205 W. Nevada St., Urbana). We will have food, swag (including new buttons), and fun waiting for you!


Faculty Affiliate News

D. Fairchild Ruggles  
Dede Fairchild Ruggles  

Dr. Dede Fairchild Ruggles is a Professor and the Debra L. Mitchell Chair in Landscape Architecture.  She holds appointments in Art History, Architecture, Medieval Studies, Spanish & Portuguese Studies, and the Center for South Asian and Middle East Studies.  She is the art and architecture field editor for the Encyclopedia of Islam, and is the author of award-winning books on Islamic landscape and architectural history, as well as authoring or editing numerous other volumes on Islamic art, heritage, and the arts patronage of women in the Islamic world and South Asia. View Dr. Fairchild Ruggles' Faculty Affiliate profile.

To learn more about becoming a WGGP Faculty Affiliate, please contact WGGP Associate Director, Anita Kaiser, at arkaiser@illinois.edu or (217) 333-6221.



Faculty and Student Announcements
  • WGGP Faculty Affiliate Dr. Angharad Valdivia has been named the Chair of the Department of Latino-Latina Studies.
  • Former WGGP Assistant Director Anita Kaiser has been promoted to Associate Director.
  • Mia Leigh Renna (GRID Student and Ph.D. Student, Civil Engineering) received the Pat Tillman Foundation Scholarship.
  • Rachita Rana (GRID Student and Ph.D. Student, Education) received the Jean M. Due and Marianne Ferber International Award.
  • Ananya Tiwari (GRID Student and Ph.D Student, Educational Psychology) received the 2021-2022 International Fellowship from the American Association of University Women.

If you have news to share, please let us know at wggp@illinois.edu

2022-23 HRI Campus Fellowships
Deadline: December 3rd (application opens in September)

The 2022–23 Campus Fellowship theme will be “Un/Doing”— a collaboration between the Humanities Research Institute (HRI) and African American Studies, American Indian Studies, Asian American Studies, Latino/a Studies, and Gender and Women’s Studies at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign.

Faculty fellows receive a two-course release and $3,000 in research funds. Graduate fellows receive a stipend and a tuition and partial fee waiver.

We seek faculty and graduate fellows in and allied with humanities disciplines and interdisciplines whose research grapples with the im/possibilities of Un/Doing in and across various fields, with particular attention to race, indigeneity, gender, and/or sexuality. Whether you take various forms of Un/Doing as your object of study, your method, or your condition, we invite you to apply to work with us to figure out how we come together when things come undone.

Click here for information on Campus Fellowships
Call for Proposals to Join a Research and Publishing Consortium
Deadline for Submissions: August 31, 2021

Africa's 21st Century Feminist Social Movements and Struggles: Changing Terrains, Identities, Technologies and Politics

Please submit a short proposal of no more than 2,000 words under the following headings: a) introduction, b) background and context, c) problem statement and research questions, d) methodology, e) workplan covering the 36 months of the project starting from October 2021; and f) budget. A separate short CV of no more than 1,000 words should be included in the application dossier.

A panel constituted by Feminist Africa will select 6 proposals for the Project. Selected proposals will be supported with a small grant of up to US$6,000 for research and writing costs over two years. Researchers who join the project will be expected to participate in an inception workshop, other project-wide activities and submit 3 manuscripts for possible publication in Feminist Africa over a three-year period.

All submissions and enquiries should be emailed to: contact@feministafrica.net; and copied to  Dzodzi Tsikata (dzodzit@yahoo.co.uk and Lyn Ossome (lyn.ossome@gmail.com).

ATLAS Undergraduate Internships Available

The ATLAS Internship Program is currently interviewing for the fall semesters of 2021!! We match students in the College of LAS with clients, both on and off campus, who have projects that they need accomplished. This can range from writing a newsletter and running an organization's social media, to writing for a website or producing digital content for a non for profit. If you are interested in knowing more about different projects our interns have worked on, check out our Internship Spotlight: https://atlas.illinois.edu/student-information/atlas-internship-program/intern-spotlight

While all of our internships involve technology in some fashion, you do not need to have a computer or technology based background! These internships are an amazing opportunity to learn and gain hands-on skills with technology, as well as explore potential career options. We are accepting applications from all undergraduate LAS majors, and all GPAs. Specifically for the fall semester, we have positions open in content creation, social media strategist, communications, and website content. Aside from the experience, skills, and networking opportunities you would gain as an ATLAS intern, there is also the option of academic credit for eligible students!

Internships consist of a minimum of 10 hours a week and for the fall semester can be online, in person, or a hybrid of both. Students can apply here:

Click here to apply for Fall 2021 ATLAS Internship


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Institute for Women's Policy Research  

IWPR  has experienced rapid growth over the past year and we are hiring for a number of important new positions. IWPR is looking to attract the best possible talent to contribute to growing the organization and helping us build a more equitable society for women and working families.

Click here to find list of career opportunities at IWPR


Call for Workshop Participation

Call for participation in the Feminist Africa and Caribbean Review of Gender Studies action research workshop to be held during the Kwame Nkrumah Festival on Sept 23, 2021.

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WGGP Programs

WGGP Gender Relations in International Development Graduate Minor

WGGP offers a graduate minor in Gender Relations in International Development (GRID). The GRID interdisciplinary minor is designed to give students the analytical and empirical skills needed to address and critically evaluate human development issues in research and policy analysis, as well as in daily life. As of 2021, GRID Alumni have come from 41 departments across campus and 52 different countries.

To learn more about the GRID minor, please contact Anita Kaiser at arkaiser@illinois.edu or by phone at 333-6221.

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Certificate in Global Health  
Undergraduate Certificate in Global Health
Joint with WGGP and LAS Global Studies

LAS Global Studies, in conjunction with Women and Gender in Global Perspectives (WGGP), is offering a Certificate in Global Health. This certificate is open to all undergraduate majors at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

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