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Center for the Critical Analysis of Social Difference (CCASD)

Co-Director: Lila Abu-Lughod

Co-Director: Marianne Hirsch

Associate Director: Laura E. Ciolkowski

(212) 854-7374

767 Schermerhorn Extension

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The Center for the Critical Analysis of Social Difference at Columbia University is an advanced study center that promotes innovative interdisciplinary scholarship on the role of gender, sexuality, ethnicity and race in global dynamics of power and inequality. Working together with colleagues from universities and research centers around the world, CCASD Fellows and faculty challenge the disciplinary divides among the humanities, the arts, and the social sciences by asking not only how historical categories of social difference intersect on the level of identity, but also how these categories shape institutions, modes of knowing, acts of representation, and processes of globalization. The Center’s collaborative work recognizes the crucial role of history in the study of global structures of inequality and social difference and develops rigorous conceptual and empirical analyses of complex networks of culture and power. CCASD creates the conditions for scholars, artists and practitioners to imagine alternative social structures and to set new and daring intellectual agendas for the future.


  • CCASD Keywords 
  • The Future Of Disability Studies
  • Engendering The Archive 
  • Borders And Boundaries 
  • Toward An Intellectual History Of Black Women 
  • Liberalism's Others

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