Department Overview

Mission

Compass

The Department of Gender Studies practices interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary research, teaching, and programming that advance our commitment to social justice and social change.

We embrace an approach to gender that explores and challenges racism, capitalism, colonialism, (hetero)sexism, ableism, and other manifestations of power.

Our scholarship, activism and community work centre marginalized, alternative, and relational knowledges, span local and global contexts, and engage historical and contemporary perspectives. Together we foster an accessible, culturally diverse, and transformative learning environment.

Curriculum

Stack of books

Gender Studies at Queen’s is distinguished by the centrality of race and colonialisms across our curriculum, and by a focus on the applications of gender studies within work for social change.

Our curriculum advances knowledge in eight key areas:

  • Feminist, queer, trans, anti-racist, Indigenous, and postcolonial theories and methodologies
  • Political economy and class inequality
  • Activism and social change
  • Indigenous, racialized, and diasporic communities
  • Oral histories and community memories
  • Health, reproduction, education and welfare: politics and policy
  • Body and beauty cultures
  • Representation, art, literature and creative work

Values

Justice and Transformation

We challenge power and privilege, support activism and advocacy, and build relationships and solidarity within and beyond Queen’s.

Multiple Ways of Knowing

We honour diverse forms of knowledge and practice. Our pedagogies are flexible and extend beyond the classroom.

Care and Collaboration

We practice empathy, integrity, collectivism and generosity. We value and celebrate the contributions of students, staff and faculty

Reflection and Dialogue

We model critical and open reflection, dialogue, and responsiveness to our students and communities as we work towards justice.

Vision

Roof

Building on our existing strengths, we aim to advance our standing, internationally, as a leader in transformational education. Specifically, we aspire to 1) diversify our curriculum, grow our enrollments, and enrich the student experience; 2) expand our faculty complement; 3) raise our profile within and outside Queen’s; and 4) enhance connections among our teaching, research and community work.

Strategic Plan, 2019 -22

The Department of Gender Studies practices interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary research, teaching, and programming that advance our commitment to social justice and social change.

We embrace an approach to gender that explores and challenges racism, capitalism, colonialism, (hetero)sexism, ableism, and other manifestations of power.

Our scholarship, activism and community work centre marginalized, alternative, and relational knowledges, span local and global contexts, and engage historical and contemporary perspectives. Together we foster an accessible, culturally diverse, and transformative learning environment.

Read the Department's Strategic Plan for 2019-22

History of social justice work

Throughout its thirty-five-year history, the Department of Gender Studies at Queen’s University has demonstrated a longstanding and steadfast commitment to social justice work both at and outside of the university across local, national, and international scales. Providing a curriculum described as “one of the most theoretically innovative and advanced of equivalent departments anywhere in the world” (CPR External Review Team Report, 2015), the department has a reputation as a vital hub for social justice work on-campus and in the community at-large.

Read the full history of social justice work in Gender Studies
Visual identity

Visual identity

The Department of Gender Studies graphic element is a symbol of our mission, as articulated in the 2019-22 Department Strategic Plan.

Colored stripes are arranged in stylistic reference to LGBTQ+ pride flags, with the six colors coming from the Queen’s University coat of arms.  The circle represents inclusion, togetherness, and that all of us – students, staff, faculty, administration – have a role in enacting the department’s mission.  The Queen’s Q centred on this background reminds us that our work begins here on campus.

History of Women's and Gender Studies at Queen's

The idea of creating a Women’s Studies Program took root in the early 1980s when the Principal’s Advisory Committee on the Status of Women at Queen’s established a Women’s Studies Sub-Committee. 

Read the history of Women's and Gender Studies at Queen's

Contact Us

   Room D508 Mackintosh-Corry Hall, Queen's University, Kingston ON, K7L 3N6

   613-533-6318

   genderstudies@queensu.ca

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