Mission Statement

Our philosophy.


First Women’s Studies Class, September 18, 1985

Mission

We, in the Department of Gender Studies, are committed to research and teaching that is interdisciplinary and highlights the ways in which feminism, anti-racism, queer/trans studies, and social justice are understood and articulated at the global and local level. What is distinctive about Gender Studies at Queen’s University is the central place that critical race conceptual frameworks occupy within our degree programs. All of our courses have critical race analyses as part of the intersectional lens to understand any topic. But we also have courses that devote the majority of their time to studies of race and racism (including GNDS 125 Gender, Race and Popular Culture; GNDS 375 Queer Race Studies) or indigenous studies (including GNDS 212 Racism, Colonialism and Resistance; GNDS 340 Indigenous Women, Feminism, and Resistance). And at the graduate level, our courses emphasize critical race theory, anti-racist feminism, and indigenous and diasporic realities as we explore critical and social justice theory, politics and methods.

Our Objective:
Our faculty maintain a strong interdisciplinary, transhistorical and international focus on the cultural, economic, and political expression and representation of social justice. Our faculty are internationally recognized for their scholarship, particularly in the areas of:
• Activism and Alliance Building
• Anti-Colonial Thought
• Anti-Racist Feminisms
• Black Geographies
• Colonialisms
• Creative Emancipatory Work
• Ethnography and Qualitative Social Research
• Gender and Poverty
• Gender and Trauma in Memoir and Sequential Art
• Globalization, Work and Social Justice
• Indigenous Studies
• Popular Culture
• Queer Studies
• Transnationalism and Diaspora

Community and Research Initiatives:
Gender Studies is also home to a series of community and research initiatives aimed at enhancing interdisciplinary, intersectional knowledge production.
At the local level we are involved with:
• Men who like Feminism – a campus group committed to learning more about feminism and healthy masculinity
• The Other Kingston Project – a group co-sponsored with the Four Directions Aboriginal Student Center that engages many of Kingston’s diverse communities
• Reel Out Arts Project Inc. – a group that organizes a number of gender and sexual diversity media arts projects including an annual film festival, discussions in local schools and a community lending film library
• Trans Family Kingston – a grassroots social network aimed at combating the isolation often felt by trans people and allies
• Chipped Off Performance Collective – a performance group that explores the possibilities of community collaboration
At the global level we are engaged with:
• the Journal of Critical Race Inquiry – we are proud to house this open-access publication that supports inquiry into critical race issues
• Bader International Study Centre, U.K. - we provide GNDS courses at this medieval castle one hour from London, U.K.
• Oslo University –in the third year of your undergraduate degree in Gender Studies you can be selected to study at Oslo University, Norway
Innovative Learning Formats:
In Gender Studies we strive to provide students with meaningful, effective, critical learning experiences supported by a variety of innovative learning formats. We offer unique activist experiential learning opportunities to fourth year undergraduate students (GNDS 440) and to graduate students (GNDS 850) in the form of a practicum that offers students real-world, collaborative skills in community-based activism. We also provide online learning and blended delivery courses. Students in Gender Studies also have opportunities to become cultural critics and creative producers, working with materials such as zines and podcasts, attending the annual queer film festival, producing a number of creative projects that include visual/verbal posters, skits, diaries, scrapbooks, podcasts, blogs and more. And for students who wish to explore issues of gender and sexual diversity we offer a Certificate program that is invaluable to students in a variety of academic programs who seek to extend their skills.

Your Future:
A Gender Studies education provides you with the tools to be a leader in a wide range of occupations including: human services, social work, media, non-profit organizations, private businesses, advocacy, and the arts. It also provides a solid foundation for pursuing graduate degrees in law, medicine, education, public policy, public health, in addition to any of the social science and humanities programmes.

What Does it Mean to be a Feminist in 2014? See link to statement by the Gender Studies Department here.