Pauline Jewett Institute of Women’s and Gender Studies (PJIWGS)

Established in 1987, the Pauline Jewett Institute of Women’s and Gender Studies fosters research and study, sponsors events and speakers, and promotes discussion and debate on women’s issues among faculty and students across the campus. Faculty members in various departments at Carleton University conduct research into diverse areas including: the intersections of race/class/gender/culture, transnationalism, migration, gendered labour, dis/ability, sexuality, LGBTQ issues, masculinities, and much more.

In addition, the Institute houses the Carleton University – University of Ottawa Joint Chair in Women’s Studies, established by the Secretary of State Women’s Program in 1985.

As of July 2018, the Institute also offers a minor in Sexuality Studies and a minor in Disability Studies.

Areas of Research

Faculty members in various departments at Carleton University conduct research into diverse areas including:

  • Intersectional theory
  • Queer theory
  • Affect theory
  • Transnationalism
  • Migration
  • Cultural/Gender history
  • Archival research
  • LGBTQ issues
  • Masculinities
  • Decolonization
  • Dis/ability
  • Sexuality
  • Violence against women
  • Gender and diversity
  • Gender and the media
  • Gendered affective labour
  • and much more

Commitment to Excellence

The Pauline Jewett Institute of Women’s and Gender Studies is committed to achieving the highest standards of excellence in our teaching, research and scholarship. The Institute’s main purpose is to encourage engaged, critical feminist thought from diverse perspectives. It is a place to explore scholarship and activism for all those with an interest in feminist and equity issues.