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The Rice Feminist Seminar (RFS) is an ongoing project of the Center for the Study of Women, Gender, and Sexuality (CSWGS) that takes up different urgent topics every few years. It is a collaborative endeavor of faculty, postdocs, graduate students, and undergraduates, all of whom are invited to share their research on topics that fall under the seminar rubric. The topic for the inaugural seminar for 2019-2021 is “Climates of Violence, Politics of Change.”
As this topic suggests, this three-year instantiation of the seminar examines different types, locations, and modalities of gendered violence as well as the many ways in which groups and individuals have identified, theorized, and resisted that violence. Specific topics that might be explored under this capacious rubric include: domestic violence, violence at the border, economic violence, racial violence, and planetary or ecological violence. We are open to research projects that think through the dynamics of violence in terms of scale, place, and/or identity.
We anticipate that some participants in “Climates of Violence” will work in teams while others will work on projects individually and share them with the group. Teams can include people from all over the university and beyond. We encourage interdisciplinary teams. Research projects may be organized through undergraduate and/or graduate-level classes.
Fall 2019 began the pilot year of the RFS. The seminar meets three times each semester. Meetings will focus on readings and works in progress. The RFS may also host outside speakers or arrange field trips. Our first academic year sponsored six research teams:
“Learning from Marxist Feminism and from Each Other” – Krista Comer, Rosemary Hennessy
“The Reservation: from Black Neighborhood to Red-Light District, 1865-1917” – Brian Riedel, John Mulligan
“Homing” – Helena Michie
“Toxicity in Houston: Environmental Justice and Feminist Critique” – Zoe Wool, Tim Quinn, Izzie Karohl, Alison Yelvington
“Beyond subterranean extractivisms: feminist research methodologies in the making” – Andrea Ballestero, Lupe Flores, Mai Ton
"Violence, Liberation and Trauma in the Global South” – Sophie Esch, Marlene Sanchez, Diana De La Torre Pinedo, Mark Williams Laforest
Preference will be given to groups in which faculty, graduate students, undergraduates and members of the public collaborate in some form. Applications may be for a single semester; a year-long commitment is preferred. Applicants may re-apply for a subsequent year. Applications may include requests for funding of up to $2,000.
Applications should include the following:
• Project description/narrative (250 to 500 words)
• Project budget (1 page of text maximum)
• Summary of team member(s) and role(s)
Eligible budget items include, but are not limited to:
• student labor
• consultation fees for off-campus professionals
• incentives for research subjects (gift cards, travel vouchers, etc.)
• transportation to conduct research off-campus
• field trips
• honoraria and travel for outside speakers to come to Rice
• works-in-progress meetings
• disseminating and presenting supported research at conferences
• reasonable print and media production costs to create research tools or share research findings