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Collaborative Planning Grants


The Institute for Research on Women and Gender announces the availability of planning grants to support collaborative projects on women, gender, and/or sexuality.  The aim of this funding program is to foster collaboration across disciplines in ways that facilitate new relationships between scholars in different fields of study in the early stages of research projects.  Teams should comprise three or more faculty.  It is expected that teams who receive funding will use the support to develop collaborations that lead to the submission of an application for extramural funding and ultimately to published scholarship.

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis throughout the academic year. Please see the Call for Proposals for complete application information.


Current Collaborative Planning Grants (Winter 2014)

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)


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.


Past Collaborative Planning Grants

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

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

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

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.