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Collaborative Planning Grants


Application Guidelines / Call for Proposals

The Institute for Research on Women and Gender announces the availability of grants to support collaborative research on women, gender, and/or sexuality. The aim of this funding program is to foster collaboration across institutions and disciplines in ways that facilitate the submission of extramural grant. Grant teams should be comprised of three or more faculty. It is expected that teams who receive funding will submit an application for extramural funding within one year.

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis throughout the academic year.

Current Collaborative Planning Grants (Winter 2015)

Renee R. Anspach (Sociology, Women’s Studies)
Raymond G. De Vries (Center for Bioethics and Social Sciences in Medicine, Medical Education/Obstetrics and Gynecology)
Lisa H. Harris (Obstetrics & Gynecology, Women’s Studies)


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The objective of this research is to examine how conscience informs the everyday practice of medicine, especially in navigating difficult dilemmas surrounding abortion care. The grant will make it possible to continue data analysis and expand the project nationally.

Elizabeth A. Armstrong (Professor, Department of Sociology)
Sandra R. Levitsky (Assistant Professor, Department of Sociology)

Setting the Standard: The Struggle over Title IX Compliance

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This project investigates how American colleges and universities are reacting to increasing pressure from the federal government to prevent sexual violence. On April 4, 2011 the U.S. Department of Education Office for Civil Rights issued a “Dear Colleague” letter stating that “the sexual harassment of students, including sexual violence, interferes with students’ right to receive an education free from discrimination and, in the case of sexual violence, is a crime.” Schools that cannot create an “educational environment free from discrimination” could be denied federal funding. This rapid change in the legal environment has created a space in which various groups are contending to define the meaning of compliance with Title IX. We plan to study this process.

Lilia M. Cortina (Associate Professor, Departments of Psychology and Women's Studies)
Sari M. van Anders (Associate Professor, Departments of Psychology and Women's Studies; Program in Neuroscience; Reproductive Science Program; Science, Technology, & Society Program; Biosocial Methods Collaborative)
M. Sandy Hershcovis (Professor, Department of Business Administration, I.H. Asper School of Business, University of Manitoba, Canada)

The Embodiment of Insult: Gender and Biobehavioral Response to Incivility in Organizations

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When people encounter incivility within workplace relationships, how do they respond? What biological and behavioral reactions are most common, and why? What roles might sex, gender, and power play? This multi-disciplinary, multi-site project will take up questions such as these. Our primary goal is to identify physiological (specifically, hormone) pathways through which workplace insult gets “into the body.” Paying special attention to intersections of gender, race, and class, we will investigate whether workers from minority social locations bear disproportionate biological burdens of these workplace insults. A second goal is to build new bridges between organizational science, women’s and gender studies, and social neuroendocrinology—catalyzing new interdisciplinary conversations. This IRWG Collaborative Planning Grant will make it possible for the three investigators on this project to collaborate across institutions (and nations) to develop these research ideas fully. Our work will culminate in a grant application to the National Science Foundation (NSF) to fund empirical tests of our models.

Abby Stewart (Sandra Schwartz Tangri Distinguished University Professor of Psychology and Women's Studies; Co-Director, Global Feminisms Project)
Rebecca Friedman (Associate Professor of History, Florida International University; Director, Miami Florida European Union Center of Excellence/European Studies)
Valerie Kivelson (Professor of History, University of Michigan)
Kristin McGuire (Co-Director, Global Feminisms Project, University of Michigan)
Natalia Pushkareva (Senior Researcher, Professor of History, Russian Academy of Sciences, Moscow)

Global Feminisms in Russia

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This planning grant will facilitate inclusion of Russia in the Global Feminisms Project (GFP), an online archive that currently includes women from China, India, Nicaragua, Poland, the U.S., and – in process – Brazil. The archive is a powerful tool for teaching and research about women’s movement activists. The grant will enable us to bring Prof. Natalia Pushkareva, a leading feminist Russian historian at the Russian Academy of Sciences, to the University of Michigan to plan for ten interviews in Russia and for classroom use in both settings. It will also be used to conduct one pilot interview.


Past Collaborative Planning Grants

Lisa Nakamura (American Culture, Screen Arts & Cultures, English, Women's Studies)
Liz Losh (Culture, Art & Technology, Media Theory, Digital Rhetoric, University of California - San Diego)

Winter 2014

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FemTechNet is a nationally-renowned network of hundreds of scholars, students, and artists who work on, with, and at the borders of technology, science, and feminism in a variety of fields including Science and Technology Studies (STS), Media and Visual Studies, Informatics, Design, Art, Women’s, Queer, and Ethnic Studies. One of FemTechNet’s original purposes was to address shortcomings in distance education by offering courses on feminism, the digital, and technology via an innovative decentralized network. It has since become a network that brings together research and teaching on digital feminism and gendered technologies. Members of the network are now being asked to speak nationally and internationally as representatives of a technologically enhanced learning initiative that actually works.

With a Collaborative Planning Grant from IRWG, we will bring together digital feminist scholars to plan the future of the FemTechNet program. We envision this gathering as a space in which to work out where we want this project to go, what extramural resources we can apply for to get there, and how we will assess the early stages of what we’ve been doing.

Jill B. Becker (Psychology, Molecular and Behavioral Neuroscience Institute)
Michelle McClellan (History)
Beth Glover Reed (Social Work)

Pre-meeting Workshops on Gender and Addictions
Winter 2013

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We will complete initial scholarly and integrative informatics activities and engage in four one-day workshops on "Sex Differences, Gender, and Addictions." The goals are: (1) advance knowledge related to gender and addictions; (2) identify existing bodies of knowledge about sex differences and gender in relation to addictions as well as gaps in knowledge and important research opportunities; (3) create strategies to increase attention to sex differences and gender in addiction research, treatment, and policy; (4) develop a theoretical and integrative informatics framework for research; (5) study the process of transdisciplinary development of ideas and concepts surrounding this topic. 

An interdisciplinary graduate course will be offered in Fall 2013 to examine gender and addiction.

Maria Cotera  (American Culture and Women’s Studies)
Paul Conway (School of Information)

Chicana por mi Raza: A National Collaboratory
Winter 2012

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This project will develop the key organizational infrastructure necessary for the establishment of a national collaboratory for Chicana por Mi Raza, a digital humanities initiative with the aim of creating a central repository for public and private archives, oral histories, and research related to the development of Chicana feminist praxis during the civil rights period. Chicana por Mi Raza proposes both the collection of oral histories and documents related to this history—photographs, posters, correspondence, written material (published and unpublished), ephemera—and the development of a flexible user interface that can allow users, both professional and novice, to access these materials through interactive time line and mapping utilities.

With the collection of 500-600 documents (and more to come), the initiative is now ready to shift into a new phase, which involves building key relationships across widely divergent fields and multiple campuses in order to produce both a high-performing online tool (cyber infrastructure development) and an expansive database of visual and textual materials (content development).

Martha S. Jones (History, Afroamerican and African Studies, and Affiliated Faculty of Law)
Hannah Rosen (Institute for Research on Women and Gender)

The Celia Project
Winter 2012

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This project will generate new scholarship that illuminates the history of sexual violence, women, and slavery in the United States through a detailed exploration of the case The State of Missouri v. Celia, A Slave. In Missouri in 1855, Celia, an enslaved woman, was tried, convicted, and ultimately executed for murdering her owner. She confessed to committing the murder in an effort to end what had been five years of sexual abuse. The case was brought to light by historian Melton McLaurin’s book Celia, A Slave (University of Georgia Press, 1991), which was published on the cusp of an unprecedented wave of scholarship that newly interpreted women and slavery;  race, gender, and sexual violence; slavery and memory; and slavery and the law. McLaurin himself did not benefit from these insights, nor has there been a broad rethinking of the case in light of recent scholarship. Nor has there been an analysis of the case and its broader context from a feminist or critical race studies perspective.

The Celia Project brings together social, cultural, and legal historians with literary scholars to explore how we might collectively produce and present new analyses of Celia and the multiple implications of the case. The working group has already met once, with two additional meetings planned. The next stages of the project will include a range of humanities-related endeavors, including an innovative edited book, an interactive digital component, and a public history intervention.

The IRWG grant will be used over a two-year period to support the preliminary research and planning that would be the basis of an application for a National Endowment for the Humanities Collaborative Research Grant.