Previous Interdisciplinary Collaborative Workshop Award Winners
Mini Grant Awards Spring 2019
Anticipated Award Terms: 2019-2020
This project interrogates what cannot be contained by current framings of how bodies are trafficked in and through the Global South. 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? 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.
Workshop: A talk by Prof. Marta Elena Savigliano, November 22, 2019
Workshop Team Members Affiliation Rachmi Diyah Larasati Department of Gender, Women and Sexuality Studies Hakim Abderrezak Department of French and Italian Sayan Bhattacharya Department of Gender, Women and Sexuality Studies Aytak Dibavar Department of Political Science, York University Maria Mendez Gutierrez Department of Political Science Emily Mitamura Department of Political Science Naimah Petigny Department of Gender, Women and Sexuality Studies Jose Manuel Santillana Blanco Department of Gender, Women and Sexuality Studies Colin Walker Wingate Department of English, Undergraduate Student
The goal of this learning community is to promote interdisciplinary inquiry into collaborative writing. This project will advance opportunities for scholarship and teaching and help 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 group 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.
Workshop: Collaborative writing in teaching, learning, and scholarship workshop, February 21, 2020
Workshop Team Members Affiliation Joseph Moses Department of Writing Studies M. Daniel Emery Writing Across the Curriculum, Center for Writing Cristina Lopez Arts & Humanities Technologies and Projects Support Matthew Luskey Writing Across the Curriculum, Center for Writing Thomas Wolfe Department of History
Full Grant Awards Fall 2018
Anticipated Award Terms: 2018-2021
Public scholarship that bridges boundaries between the academy and the larger community is the theme that will bring together scholars from the University of Minnesota and Historically Black Colleges and Universities. The workshop will address issues concerning democracy, populism, and racial nationalism as well as crime, punishment, and human rights.
Spring 2020: “Democracy under Threat in Times of Populism and Racial Nationalism”
Summer 2020: Online Summer Teach-Ins
Spring 2021: “Crime, Punishment, and Human Rights”
Team Members Affiliation Malinda Lindquist Department of History Ronald Aminzade (emeritus) Department of Sociology Joyce Bell Department of Sociology Rose Brewer Department of African American & African Studies Will Jones Department of History Enid Logan Department of Sociology Michael Minta Department of Political Science
Formally organized in the fall of 2017, The Black Midwest Initiative is a collective committed to advocating for the lives of people of African descent as they are situated throughout the Midwest and Rust Belt regions of the United States. The Black Midwest Symposium will be our first major convening.
Team Members Affiliation Terrion Williamson Department of African American & African Studies Rose Brewer Department of African American & African Studies Kidiocus Carroll Department of American Studies Lauren Eldridge School of Public Health Tia-Simone Gardner Department of Gender, Women & Sexuality Studies Jane Henderson Department of Geography (University of California, Berkeley) Ezekiel Joubert Department of Curriculum and Instruction Rahsaan Mahadeo Department of Sociology Denise Pike Heritage Studies & Public History Thomas Seweid-DeAngelis Department of American Studies Vanessa Steele Department of African American & African Studies Chaun Webster Poet and community organizer, Twin Cities
Fears of a “crisis of reproducibility” have led many to question the value of scientific research. However, reproducibility means many things. An interdisciplinary exploration of the many faces of reproducibility will illuminate how inquiry works, advance cutting-edge investigation, innovate how researchers are trained, and enhance public understanding of science.
Team Members Affiliation Alan Love Department of Philosophy Caitlin Bakker U of M Libraries Nicole Basta Epidemiology and Community Health (Public Health) Mary Butler Health Policy and Management (Public Health) Rebecca Davies Veterinary Population Medicine (Veterinary Medicine) Colin DeYoung Department of Psychology Jed Elison Institute of Child Development (Education and Human Development) Eva Enns Health Policy and Management (Public Health) Samuel C. Fletcher Department of Philosophy John Freeman Department of Political Science Charles Geyer School of Statistics Kathryn Grace Department of Geography, Environment & Society David Greenstein Genetics, Cell Biology, and Development (Biological Sciences) Nathaniel Helwig Department of Psychology and School of Statistics Galin L. Jones School of Statistics Ezekiel Joubert Curriculum and Instruction Robert Krueger Department of Psychology Erich Kummerfeld Institute for Health Informatics (Academic Health Center) Georgiana May Ecology, Evolution, and Behavior (Biological Sciences) Matt McGue Department of Psychology Rebekah Nagler Hubbard School of Journalism & Mass Communication Mary Porter Genetics, Cell Biology, and Development (Biological Sciences) A. David Redish Neuroscience (Academic Health Center) Amy Riegelman U of M Libraries Alexander J. Rothman Department of Psychology Franklin Sayre U of M Libraries Eric Shook Department of Geography, Environment & Society Emilie Snell-Rood Ecology, Evolution, and Behavior (Biological Sciences) Steven Stovitz Family Medicine and Community Health (Academic Health Center) Frank Symons Educational Psychology (Education & Human Development) Valerie Tiberius Department of Philosophy Michael Travisano Ecology, Evolution, and Behavior (Biological Sciences) Jos Uffink Department of Philosophy Carston Wagner Medicinal Chemistry (Pharmacy) Niels G. Waller Department of Psychology Rachel Widome Epidemiology and Community Health (Public Health) Julian Wolfson Biostatistics (Public Health) Marco Yzer Hubbard School of Journalism & Mass Communication
Mini Grant Awards Spring 2018
After Janus: Worker Centers and the Future of Labor
We occupy a critical juncture concerning the future of labor. Organized labor, since the early 1980s, has faced coordinated exercises of power that have considerably weakened its influence. The currently pending US Supreme Court case Janus v. American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees is expected to further limit the power of unions. What options remain available to workers to pursue their interests?
Through a study group, a community-based meeting and forum, and blog content creation, this project will explore non-traditional forms of labor organizing in the past and present, including “worker centers” in the USA and abroad.
Event: Conversation with Labor Historian & Activist Scholar Peter Cole, October 4, 2019
Team Members Affiliation Yuichiro Onishi Department of African American & African Studies John Budd Work and Organizations (Carlson School) Ruth Shaw Ecology, Evolution and Behavior (CBS) Sumanth Gopinath School of Music Elizabeth Hartman Department of American Studies Vanessa Guzman Department of American Studies Jimmy Patiño Department of Chicano & Latino Studies Kristiana Wright Department of Communication Studies Bruce Braun Department of Geography, Environment & Society Vinay Gidwani Department of Geography, Environment & Society J. B. Shank Department of History Will Jones Department of History Michael Goldman Department of Sociology Timothy Lensmire Curriculum and Instruction (College of Education and Human Development) Roozbeh Shirazi Organizational Leadership, Policy, and Development (College of Education and Human Development) Isuru Herath Community Organizer Ginger Jentzen Community Organizer Nazir Khan Community Organizer Peter Rachleff East Side Freedom Library
Intersectional Food Studies: Putting the Pieces Together
Food lies at the confluence of multiple social and political systems, particularly although not exclusively systems of gender and race. And yet, it is challenging for researchers to embed food in multiple systems, and to evaluate their importance relative to each other.
This workshop brings together scholars from multiple fields with investments in “getting it right” regarding food. We will form relationships with each other and share knowledge, as well as offer local and national public events.
Event: Bryn Mawr Visiting Professor Stephen Vider, “Mission Nutrition: Queer Foodways and Coalitional Intimacy in Response to HIV/AIDS”, February 28, 2019
Team Members Affiliation Tracey Deutsch Department of History Lorena Munoz Department of Gender, Women & Sexuality Studies Martin Manalansan Department of Asian American Studies Jigna Desai Department of Gender, Women & Sexuality Studies Karen Brown Interdisciplinary Center for the Study of Global Change Psyche Williams-Forson Department of American Studies, University of Maryland Melissa Laska Epidemiology and Community Health (School of Public Health) Traci Mann Department of Philosophy Lisa Heldke Department of Philosophy Craig Hedberg Environmental Health Sciences (School of Public Health) Jennifer Breen Healthy Food, Healthy Lives Institute Sophia Lenarz-Coy Hunger Solutions Minnesota Valentine Cadieux Sustainability and Environmental Studies, Hamline University Rachel Schurman Department of Sociology Frances Bettelyeon Native American Medicine Garden Mary Rogers Department of Horticultural Science (College of Food Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences) Julia Grossman Department of Horticultural Science (College of Food Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences) Sheri Breen Department of Political science Randal Hanson Department of Geography, Environment & Society Arshiya Sethi Fulbright Postdoctoral Fellow
Reparations, Repatriation, and Redress
The workshop on reparations, repatriation, and redress brings together multiple disciplines across CLA, colleges across UMN campuses, and local communities to think through the challenges of and the possibilities for repair, atonement, return, and/or apology as potential ways to address some of the foundational wrongs of the US that have shaped longstanding institutional structures and inequalities.
In addition, we are interested in exploring whether and to what extent the rubric of “reparations” addresses the continuing inequalities experienced by indigenous communities and multiple communities of color. Using a critical and comparative approach to reparations, repatriation and redress, and engaging with local communities, we hope to catalyze thought around potential strategies to address systemic racial inequality.
A recent outcome that was created through a partnership between The RIGS Initiative and the University of Minnesota Libraries is the Reparations Syllabus. The Reparations Syllabus is an online working syllabus that is free and available to the public. This was an important component to the Reparations, Repatriation, and Redress Symposium because we intended for the conversation to extend past the Symposium and to be widely accessible to others.
Event: Reparations, Repatriation, and Redress Symposium, November 1, 2018
Team Members Affiliation Karen Ho Department of Anthropology Greg Donofrio Architecture (College of Design) Katherine Hayes Department of American Indian Studies; Department of Anthropology Kevin Murphy Department of History Karen Brown Interdisciplinary Center for the Study of Global Change Catherine Squires Department of Communications Studies Samuel J. Myers Roy Wilkins Center for Human Relations and Social Justice (Humphrey School of Public Affairs) Edward Goetz Urban and Regional Planning (Humphrey School of Public Affairs) Rose Brewer Department of African American and African Studies Brenda Child Department of American Studies Tade Okediji Department of African American and African Studies; Applied Economics (College of Food Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences) Yuichiro Onishi Department of African American and African Studies Terrion Williamson Department of African American and African Studies Gabriela Spears-Rico Department of Chicano & Latino Studies Juliana Hu Pegues Department of Chicano & Latino Studies Jean O’Brien Department of History Josephine Lee Department of English Jigna Desai Department of Gender, Women & Sexuality Studies John Matsunaga Twin Cities Japanese American Citizens League Rashad Williams Urban and Regional Planning (Humphrey School of Public Affairs) David Lemke Department of English
Full & Mini Grant Awards Fall 2017
Migration and Migrants in Terrifying Times
We live in uncertain and, occasionally, terrifying times. Assumptions, myths, and misinformation about migration and migrants are routinely and increasingly manifested in daily conversations and interactions in our everyday lives.
At the same time, migration was, is, and will continue to be, an essential and vibrant part of our lived experience as individuals, communities, Minnesotans, Americans, and global citizens.
This workshop explores this tension via the theme, “Migration and Migrants in Terrifying Times.” Four semester-long reading/discussion groups and symposia modeled on the Law School’s Human Rights Lab will cover four highly relevant and timely topics will facilitate conversations and collaborations among scholars and other interested persons and parties in and outside of CLA and the University of Minnesota.
This initiative seeks to create a space where people can collectively reflect on and proactively respond to current and future events and processes that have and will have an impact on migration and migrants in the Twin Cities, Minnesota, and the rest of the country.
Event: Migration & Migrants in Terrifying Times, March 25, 2019
Team Members Affiliation Jack DeWaard Department of Sociology Erika Lee Department of History, Department of Asian American Studies, and Immigration History Research Center Ryan Allen Humphrey School of Public Affairs & U of M Extension Cawo Abdi Department of Sociology and Institute for Global Studies Bruce Braun Department of Geography, Environment & Society Fernando Burga Humphrey School of Public Affairs Bianet Castellanos Department of American Studies Linus Chan James H. Binger Center for New Americans (Law School) Vichet Chhuon Curriculum and Instruction (College of Education and Human Development) Giovanna Dell'Orto Hubbard School of Journalism and Mass Communication Marissa Hill-Dongre International Student and Scholar Services & U of M Immigration Response Team Douglas Hartmann Department of Sociology Jessica Hellmann Ecology, Evolution, and Behavior (College of Biological Sciences) & Institute on the Environment Karen Ho Department of Anthropology & Race, Indigeneity, Gender and Sexuality Studies
Memory, Trauma, and Human Rights at the Crossroads of Art and Science
This workshop brings together team members from the University, community, and research institutions abroad to better understand the impacts of traumatic memory upon individuals and societies and to critically engage the issues of how we come to terms with and heal from trauma, seek accountability for human rights abuses that led to severe trauma, and mitigate future traumatization.
This initiative explores the long-term effects of traumatic experiences as varied as war and dictatorship, terrorist attacks and state terrorism, genocide, captivity, and sexual abuse. The workshop explores how a more interdisciplinary understanding of memory and traumatization can illuminate the pathways between artistic production and healing. A full understanding of trauma and its implications in modern society needs to address its individual and social dimensions, and place 1) therapeutic and artistic work, 2) critical cultural analysis and scientific modelling/experimentation, and 3) sociological as well as historical study and medical practice in dialogue.
This project brings together, for the first time at the University, recognized leaders in all these fields in a sustained manner that will lead to vigorous intellectual exchange and important peer-reviewed publications, curricular development that foments co-teaching across departments, community outreach, and internationalization of the University.
Event: Memory, Trauma, and Human Rights at the Crossroads of Arts and Science, October 3 &4, 2020
Team Members Affiliation Ofelia Ferrán Department of Spanish and Portuguese Studies Brian Engdahl Neuroscience (Medical School) and Minneapolis VA Health Care System Ana Forcinito Department of Spanish and Portuguese Studies and Institute for Global Studies Alejandro Baer Department of Sociology Janet Dubinsky Neuroscience (Medical School) Jan Estep Department of Art Francisco Ferrándiz Politics of Memory, Memories of Violence at the Centro Superior de Investigaciones Científicas, Madrid, Spain Ana Paula Ferreira Department of Spanish and Portuguese Studies Rosa García-Peltoniemi Center for Torture Patrick McNamara Department of History Leslie Morris Department of German, Scandinavian and Dutch EmmaLee Pallai Community University Health Care Center Francesc Torres Artist Bill Viestenz Department of Spanish and Portuguese Studies Elizabeth Wieling Family Social Science (College of Education and Human Development) Gary Christenson Psychiatry (Medical School) and Boynton Health Service Stephen Engel Department of Psychology Mary Jo Maynes Department of History Patricia Shannon School of Social Work (College of Education and Human Development)
Effects of Parental Incarceration on Family and Child Wellbeing: Informing Best Practices Through an Investigation of Caregiver Experiences
Incarceration rates in the United States have reached unprecedented proportions. Over two million people are incarcerated in prison, jail, on probation, or on parole. This is nearly a 500% increase over the last forty years (i.e., 1976-2016).
Over one million inmates are parents of children under 18 years of age. In other words, one in twenty-eight minors in the United States has a caregiver in jail or prison. The effects of parental incarceration are devastating and vary by developmental stage. Infants may not form an attachment bond with their parent, and as a result, develop behavioral problems. Disruption of the parent-child relationship is associated with an inability to form or maintain interpersonal relationships and cognitive impairment (i.e., attention, memory, logic and reasoning, auditory processing) in young children. Internalizing (i.e., anxiety, depression) and externalizing (i.e., conduct disorder, oppositional defiant disorder) problems lead to poor academic achievement in school-age children. Parental incarceration also increases the likelihood of being arrested as an adult.
The purpose of this workshop is to better understand the experiences of families with an incarcerated caregiver, and in doing so, suggest future directions for research and policy.
Team Members Affiliation(s) Joshua Page Department of Sociology Damir S. Utržan Pediatrics (Medical School) Caitlin Curry Department of Sociology Julie Matonich Children of Incarcerated Caregivers Barbara Frey Human Rights Program (Law School) Perry Moriearty Child Advocacy and Juvenile Justice Clinic (Law School)
Blackness and Disability Studies: Interrogating Anti-Black Racism and Disablement
This collaborative reading group and symposium explores new directions in Black disability justice. Beginning as a reading group in early 2018, our dialog will culminate in a symposium in April 2018, inviting national disability scholars and activists to converse about Black disability activism, resistance, and power.
According to the Ruderman Foundation, over half of people killed by police have a disability. Disabled people of color are seen as doubly “unruly” and threatening. Recent examples of disabled Black people being shot for not following police instructions include Charleena Lyles, shot by police in Seattle in 2017; Keith Lamont Scott, shot in Charlotte, Virginia, in 2016; Mario Woods, shot in San Francisco, California in 2015, and many more. Black disabled activists have responded to this crisis in policing with a call to acknowledge the role of ableism in state violence. The workshop Blackness and Disability Studies gathers activists and scholars working on responses to state violence against Black disabled people to converse with Critical Disability Studies Collaborative members and interested stakeholders across the University.
Team Members Affiliation(s) Aren Aizura Department of Gender, Women & Sexuality Studies Jigna Desai Department of Gender, Women & Sexuality Studies Jennifer Pierce Department of American Studies Patrick McNamera Department of History Jay Wilson Disability Resource Center Angela Carter Department of Gender, Women & Sexuality Studies Nancy Herther Disability Studies Haley Kimmet Disability Resource Center David Perry CLA Advising
Narrative/Medicine: Personal Narrative Analysis Across the Liberal Arts and Medical Practice
This two-day Narrative/Medicine Workshop in August, 2018 will be the culmination of a longer-running research collaborative that explores the emerging field of narrative medicine, with a focus on illness narratives in particular. The summer workshop will involve local, national, and international participants who all work with personal narrative analysis from the various perspectives represented in our group – from history, the social sciences, literature, law, narrative medicine, and psychoanalysis.
Team Members Affiliations Mary Jo Maynes Department of History Leslie Morris Department of German, Scandinavian & Dutch Susanna Blumenthal Law and History (Law School) Alejandro Baer Department of Sociology Steven Borowsky Park Nicollet Kyle Cedermark Prairie Care Shelley Cross Mayo Clinic John Davidson Mayo Clinic Andrew Elfenbein Department of English Jan Estep Department of Art Ofelia Ferrán Department of Spanish & Portuguese Studies Shirley Garner Department of English Jennifer Gunn History of Medicine (College of Science and Engineering) David Homans Park Nicollet Rebecca Krinke Landscape Architecture (College of Design) Richard D. Lentz Park Nicollet and Psychiatry (Medical School) Gloria Burgess Levin Minnesota Psychoanalytic Institute Scott McRae Park Nicollet Krista Nelson Family Circle Counseling EmmaLee Pallai Community-University Health Care Center Jennifer Pierce Department of American Studies Laurence Savett Medical School Svetlana Simovic Psychiatry (Medical School) and Minnesota Psychoanalytic Society and Institute Madelon Sprengnether Department of English Karen-Sue Taussig Department of Anthropology Dominique Tobbell History of Medicine (College of Science and Engineering) Barbara Welke History and Law (Law School)
Mini Grant Awards Spring 2017
Exploring the Future of Embodied Technologies
Recent development in computing has moved devices increasingly closer to our bodies; as a result, significant work with wearables and embodied technology is well underway across the University of Minnesota. This initiative strives to develop a foundational step in connecting and leveraging scholarship and artistic practice across the Colleges of Liberal Arts, Design, Education and Human Development, and Science and Engineering as a means to explore the future of embodied technologies. As interdisciplinary scholars, and together with graduate and undergraduate student scholars, this project extends existing theory and creates new frameworks. Through emergent use cases, this ICW investigates what it means to technologize ourselves through immersive and embodied devices.
Components of the proposed Interdisciplinary Collaborative Workshop include support for bringing scholars together to experience and collaborate within multiple studio spaces; development of an event to showcase those who are exploring the intersections and juxtapositions of embodied technologies; and support for research groups to complete grant proposals for further funding. In short, the primary goal of this mini-grant is to spur development of this signature interdisciplinary area of study at the University of Minnesota.
Team Members Affiliation Ann Hill Duin Department of Writing Studies Diane Willow Department of Art, Department of Gender, Women & Sexuality Studies Lucy Dunne Department of Design, Housing & Apparel (CEHD), Wearable Reseach Collaboratory Brad Holschuh Department of Design, Housing & Apparel (CEHD), Wearable Reseach Collaboratory Aaron Doering Curriculum and Instruction (CEHD) and Learning Technologies Media Lab Maki Asaka Department of Asian Languages & Literatures Juliana Abel Department of Mechanical Engineering (College of Science and Engineering)
Sonance: Musical Performance in/of/as Cultural Research
Music scholars are increasingly adding composition and performance to their methodological toolkit. Faculty distributed across University of Minnesota’s College of Liberal Arts have taken a lead in that movement, exploring musical questions through participant observation, ethnography, experimentation, action research, and applied work. The scholars involved in this project use musical improvisation, composition, and performance in their research and are asking interrelated questions about performativity, sound, and culture. Now we seek to exchange that knowledge via a monthly symposium, performed near campus, gain new insights into performance-based research via that exchange, and use our critical mass at the University of Minnesota to lead the national conversation around engaged musical research.
Team Members Affiliation(s) Mark Pedelty Department of Communication Studies Scott Currie School of Music Tim Gustafson Department of Writing Studies Sumanth Gopinath School of Music Matthew Sumera Department of American Studies and Office of Student Affairs Additional faculty in the School of Music and Department of Cultural Studies & Comparative Literature
City as Commons: Municipalism in America
The Municipalism Research Group is a workshop focusing on the topic of the “City as Commons: Municipalism in America.” Municipalism is a form of political organization that has recently gained popularity across Europe, based on assemblies of neighborhoods, practicing direct democracy, which are organized into a system of municipalities, as an alternative to the centralized state. A primary goal of the workshop is to develop collaboration among academics, activists, and artists interested in urban governance and social reproduction in the Twin Cities and to put them in conversation with colleagues across North America, Europe, and South America who are studying, or experimenting with, municipalist forms of governance. This project envisions a series of monthly meetings culminating in a conference at Minnesota in June 2018, an edited book on the topic, and further identification of external funding sources to support additional activities by the collaborative.
Team Members Affiliation Bruce Braun Department of Geography, Environment & Society Daniela Sandler Department of Architecture (College of Design) Jenny Schmid Department of Art Michael Gallope Department of Cultural Studies & Comparative Literature George Henderson Department of Geography, Environment & Society John Kim Macalester College Sam Gould Beyond Repair & Red76 Diane Mullin Weisman Art Museum Nisa Mackie Walker Art Center Ross Elfline Carleton College Fernando Canteli De Castro Parsons School of Design Strategies & Barcelona en Comu Alan Moore CoLab & ABC No Rio Charmaine Chua Oberlin College Seth Kim-Cohen School of the Art Institute Chicago Marc Allen Herbst Journal of Aesthetics and Protest Ed Marszewski Lumpen Magazine and Lumpen Radio Chicago Tana Hargest Black Market Graduate students in the Departments of Geography, Environment & Society; Cultural Studies & Comparative Literature; Political Science, Sociology; Art; and Architecture