Interdisciplinary Collaborative Workshop Award

The Interdisciplinary Collaborative Workshop (ICW) program spurs new collaborations among scholars in CLA and beyond. It provides support to bring together faculty, staff, postdoctoral researchers, and graduate students from a variety of fields to intensively study a topic. Proposed forms of workshops may include (but are not limited to) reading groups, research projects, seminars, symposia, conferences, or virtual centers.

The program originated in the college Roadmap process, an ongoing consultative process that is driven by students, staff, and faculty and our various publics. ICWs are funded by the Joan Aldous Innovation Fund, in support of the College's Roadmap goal to generate new levels of innovative research through focused investment strategies.

Now in its fourth year, the ICW program has supported 19 workshops. Workshop leadership teams have collectively brought together 184 faculty and staff members from CLA, 82 from other units at the University of Minnesota, and 101 scholars and professionals from outside the University. These workshops in turn actively engage hundreds of participants—students, community members, artists, policymakers—and host events drawing hundreds more.

The following workshops are in their award periods but many of the previous workshops are still active and are described further below.


Full Grant Awards Fall 2019

Anticipated Award Term: 2020-2023

Environmental Humanities Initiative 2.0: New Directions in Research and Outreach

The Environmental Humanities Initiative aims to catalyze research, foster pedagogical innovation, and enhance public outreach among faculty and graduate students interested in broadly humanistic approaches to environmental issues that stretch across the globe. In the coming years, we will  widen our network of affiliated faculty and graduate students, provide substantial and sustained support for graduate research, and create venues for the creation and dissemination of Environmental Humanities research as part of public humanities projects.

Team Members
Team Members Affiliation
Charlotte Melin Department of German, Nordic, Slavic & Dutch
Christine Marran Department of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies
Dan Philippon Department of English

Queer and Trans* Ecologies: Bodies, Social Relations, and Environmental Justice in the Anthropocene

This interdisciplinary collaboration spans the arts, humanities, and sciences to explore questions in the fields of queer and trans* ecologies about new embodiments and social relations in the Anthropocene. Graduate students and faculty from underrepresented communities developed this project to provide much-needed perspectives on some of the most pressing issues of our time related to nature, the environment, global climate change, and sustainability. Over a three-year period, we will create resources for intersectional and transnational queer and trans* studies scholars, convene a reading and working group, and conduct engagement activities in environmental justice.

Team Members
Team Members Affiliation
Erin Durban Department of Anthropology
Aren Aizura Department of Gender, Women & Sexuality Studies
Merle Davis Mathews Department of Anthropology
Kate Derickson Department of Geography, Environment & Society
Kale Fajardo Department of American Studies
Rebecca Montgomery Forest Resources
Khoi Nguyen Department of American Studies
Corinne Teed Department of Art

Workshop and Pilot Investigation of Auditory Behaviors of Bald Eagles

This project brings together scholars from various fields to examine development of sound-based deterrent signals designed to reduce the mortality of bald eagles resulting from collision with wind turbines. Investigators from CLA, Raptor Center, and St Anthony Falls Laboratories have collaborated to understand eagle auditory thresholds and responses. Further scholarship is needed to understand whether auditory deterrents (warnings) or attractants could change eagle behavior around wind farms. Acoustic deterrent signals will be developed over multiple phases of behavioral response and flight response testing of bald eagles. The project will build on prior work by this research team and will pilot new testing methods in addition to offering multiple engagements with various constellations of researchers, stakeholders, and members of the public.

Team Members
Team Members Affiliation
Peggy Nelson Center for Applied & Translational Sensory Science, UMN
Lori Arent Raptor Center
Jeffrey Marr St. Anthony Falls Laboratory, UMN
JoAnn McGee Animal Bioacousticians
Christopher Milliren St. Anthony Falls Laboratory, UMN
Andrew Oxenham Center for Applied & Translational Sensory Science, UMN
Julie Ponder Raptor Center
Patrick Redig Raptor Center
Edward Walsh Animal Bioacousticians
Regulatory Stakeholder Minnesota Department of Commerce
Regulatory Stakeholder U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
Wind Energy Stakeholder Xcel Energy