Interdisciplinary Collaborative Workshop Award

 
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The Interdisciplinary Collaborative Workshop (ICW) program is intended to spur 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.

ICWs are meant to convene scholars from within the college and beyond, and as such, 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 third year, the ICW program has supported 14 workshops. Workshop leadership teams have collectively brought together 152 faculty and staff members from CLA, 68 from other units at the University of Minnesota, and 98 scholars and professionals from outside the University. These workshops in turn actively engage dozens of participants—students, community members, artists, policy makers—and host events drawing hundreds more.

Mini Grant Awards Spring 2019

 

Bodies that Haunt: Rethinking the Political Economy of Death

The project proposes to convene an interdisciplinary, transnational group of scholars, students, and artists to rethink methodologies of apprehending the global traffic in black and brown death. How does centering questions of value and desire change how we visualize, remember, and employ the dead? With what consequence for racialized life?

This project interrogates what cannot be contained by current framings of how bodies are trafficked in and through the Global South. The Global South is framed as a site of disorder. As recent as references to s**thole countries, the continuity of this understanding effaces not only ongoing colonial domination but vital strategies of living in and with death cultivated by racialized communities today. Drawing scholars and artists from across disciplines, this collaborative workshop, culminating in a convening and collective writing project, excavates the aesthetic and ghostly forces that shape the global political economy of death.

Team Description:

Workshop Lead: Dr. Rachmi Diyah Larasati, Associate Professor of Gender Women and Sexuality Studies

Workshop Team Members Affiliation
Emily Mitamura PhD Candidate Department of Political Science, CLA, UMN
Maria Mendez Gutierrez PhD Candidate Department of Political Science, CLA, UMN
Hakim Abderrezak Associate Professor in the Department of French and Italian, CLA, UMN

Invited Participants

Invited Participants Affiliation
Colin Walker Wingate Current undergraduate in English and Gender Women Sexuality Studies,
CLA UMN and soon to be Graduate Student in Black Studies at the University of Texas Austin
Aytak Dibavar PhD Candidate Department of Political Science, York University
Sayan Bhattacharya PhD student Department of Gender Women Sexuality Studies, CLA UMN
Naimah Petigny PhD candidate Department of Gender Women Sexuality Studies, CLA UMN
Jose Manuel Santilliana Blanco PhD candidate Department of Gender Women Sexuality Studies, CLA UMN

Collaborative writing in teaching, learning, and scholarship: a community of practice

The goal of this learning community is to promote interdisciplinary inquiry into collaborative writing. This exploration will advance opportunities for scholarship and teaching, helping to create bridges between intentions, objectives and achievement in collaborative writing projects.

The goal of this learning community is to promote interdisciplinary inquiry into collaborative writing. This exploration will advance opportunities for scholarship and teaching, helping to create bridges between intentions, objectives and achievement in collaborative writing projects. Participants will have the opportunity to work on their own projects while learning from peers, as well as engaging in practices of authentic collaboration. Our interdisciplinary cohort will be exposed to new strategies for collaborative writing and learn about available campus resources. The learning community is open to faculty, staff, postdoctoral researchers, and graduate students at the Twin Cities campus. The learning community is a two-semester program beginning in the fall of 2019.

Team Description:

Workshop Lead: Joseph Moses, Ph.D., Senior Lecturer, Writing Studies, moses004@umn.edu. 612-554-6897. Joe teaches courses in the Writing Studies program in Technical Writing and Communication (TWC) where he conducts classroom research on collaborative writing-to-learn in courses on technical and professional writing and project design and development.

Workshop Team Members Affiliation
Cristina Lopez, Co-investigator Ph.D., Arts & Humanities Technologies and Projects Support
Liberal Arts Technologies and Innovation Services (LATIS), CLA, clopez@umn.edu, 612-626-6639.
MDaniel Emery Ph.D., Co-investigator Assistant Director, Writing Across the Curriculum,
writing.umn.edu/wac, demery@umn.edu, 612-625-0849.
Matthew Luskey, Ph.D., Co-investigator Associate Director, Writing Across the Curriculum, Center for Writing (http://writing.umn.edu), (mluskey@umn.edy), 612-625-1684
Potential Participants

We will recruit participants via Thomas Wolfe, Associate Professor of History at the University of Minnesota. His collaborative learning activities are featured here: The Benefits of Collaborative Learning.