1136 Lane Hall
204 S. State Street
Ann Arbor, MI
Current Faculty Seed Grant Recipients (Winter 2013)
"The Sing-Song Woman" by Sui Seen Far [Edith Eaton], in Land of Sunshine 9.5 (October 1898), p. 225.
(Department of English Literature, History, and American Culture)
Selling the Land of Sunshine: Women and Regionalism in Magazines of the American West
This project examines the role of women's regional literary fiction in marketing the West. The rapid development of California in the late-19th century was as much a textual as an economic phenomenon. Periodicals such as Land of Sunshine, Overland Monthly, the Argonaut, and Sunset Magazine – part boosterism and part amateur ethnography – aimed to shape the region's identity by profiling its cultural attractions and offering regional fiction for mass consumption. My research extends recent work on regionalism as both ethnography and as global commodity by reading women's literary regional fiction within commercial and cultural context of late–19th-century Western periodicals.
Lilia M. Cortina
Department of Psychology and Women's Studies)
Gender, Culture, and Incivility at Work
This mixed-methods project involves collaboration across three universities, to understand workplace incivility through the lenses of gender and culture. This includes indigenous research conducted in one cultural context (Turkey), as well as cross-cultural studies that draw comparisons to another context (North America: specifically, the northern United States and Canada). The driving aim is to uncover cultural norms and gendered values that infuse experiences of uncivil conduct on the job. Project findings should yield new workplace theory and practice, informing interventions that promote diversity and protect dignity in modern multinational organizations.
(Department of Dance)
Meanings and Makings of Queer Dance
Meanings and Makings of Queer Dance is an anthology project that includes a book of essays and complementary website. This project seeks funding for the website, which will include eight choreographic works, all created by artists who contributed essays to the book and who will perform live in Ann Arbor from 2013-15. The project seeks to ensure inclusion of women in the category of queer performance; chart how artists have been and still are central to queer politics; and explore how a feminist and queer investment in bodies helps create a genealogy of queer history grounded in feminism.
Lisa Kane Low
(School of Nursing and Department of Women's Studies)
A study of the Clinical and Nonclinical Factors Influencing the Use of Electronic Fetal Monitoring
The routine use of Electronic Fetal Monitoring (EFM) presents both clinical and ethical problems. Despite strong evidence that EFM offers very limited clinical benefit and increases the risk of cesarean delivery, it is used in 85 percent of all births in the United States. Although theories abound, we do not know the reasons for the routine use of EFM despite the serious implications of its overuse. The purpose of this pilot study is to identify the clinical and nonclinical factors that contribute to the use of EFM by holding focus groups with maternity-care providers (midwives, physicians, and nurses).
Brenda K. Marshall(Department of English Language and Literature)
Everything That Dies: Same-Sex Love, Fiction, Opera
As a novelist, I work to integrate the stories of women who love women into larger fictional worlds. My project, a novel-in-progress, is a meditation on loss that interweaves the unexpected journey of a lesbian in her late 40s, whose lover of 18 years has died, with that of an older man who is in the early stages of Alzheimer's. Research for this 'on the road' novel includes traveling as a means by which to translate my own sensory experiences into the characters' separate and shared emotional journeys.
(Department of Anthropology)
Designing Genitals in Ghent: Toward an Ethnography of Sex Reassignment in the World's Leading Institution
The surgical techniques used in the often-controversial practice of genital sex reassignment surgery (SRS) vary widely and unevenly across the world. Variation has been anecdotally attributed to differences in politics, beliefs about the sexed body, surgeons' styles, and the piecemeal flow of knowledge from innovators to practitioners. In this project, I begin ethnographic and historical research on SRS surgical variation by working with the surgical team at Ghent University Hospital, the world leaders in SRS practice and research. This will provide the foundation for a larger project on global variation, SRS knowledge, and associated bio-psycho-medical theories of the sexed body.
Helen Kang Morgan
(Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology)
Why do Medical Students Rate Male Faculty as Better Teachers than Female Faculty? A Qualitative and Quantitative Analysis of Expectations and Bias
Medical students rate male clinical faculty as better teachers than female clinical faculty. This project will investigate how gender impacts faculty evaluations, and whether medical students hold faculty accountable to different standards of medical professionalism based on the gender of the physician. Case studies and focus group discussions will be used to explore whether child care issues and part-time appointments contribute to differences in expectations and bias.
IRWG Funding would go towards conducting archival research necessary for revision. I will revise according to reader comments generated 1. during my third-year faculty review (April 2012); 2. during my manuscript review (26-27 February 2013); and 3. from reader reports from university presses (submission May 2013).
Sherie M. Randolph
(Department of History and AfroAmerican and African Studies)
Black Radical Feminism: Florynce "Flo" Kennedy
My project, which centers on a political biography of black feminist Florynce "Flo" Kennedy, explores the theory and practice of an activist-intellectual who worked at the intersection between Black Power and feminisms and forged interracial and cross-gender coalitions. Kennedy's lifelong political organizing and theorizing provided a wide-open window onto postwar radicalism. Working in the civil rights, New Left, Black Power, and women's movements simultaneously, Kennedy moved fluidly between these struggles and organizations, approaching critical theories and strategies and extending what she believed to be the best elements of each movements to the others.