Previous Interdisciplinary Collaborative Workshop Award Winners
Full Grant Awards Fall 2019
Anticipated Award Term: 2020-2023
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.
|Charlotte Melin||Department of German, Nordic, Slavic & Dutch|
|Christine Marran||Department of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies|
|Dan Philippon||Department of English|
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.
|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|
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.
|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|
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
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
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”
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.
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.