CSWS Special Projects have emerged through Research Interest Groups or in other ways. They are funded, in part, by CSWS Special Projects Funding for up to $5,000. For more information regarding this funding program, please visit our Special Projects Funding source page.
Designed to re-imagine academic writing and research, the Fembot Project participates in the ongoing revolution in academic publishing, taking seriously the advice of scholars to democratize our publications by embracing open access, open source publications. The Fembot Project centrally includes a new journal—Ada: Journal of Gender, New Media, and Technology—that will be broadly accessible, both in terms of physical access and in terms of its content. The Fembot website comprises three overlapping projects: Ada, Laundry Day, and a professional clearinghouse.
In fall 1992, CSWS began its research initiative Women in the Northwest (WNW), originally envisioned as a five-year project to promote and spotlight research on women’s lives in the Pacific Northwest. CSWS received a large private gift in 1997 from Mazie Giustina, specifically endowing more work on women in the Northwest. The Mazie Giustina gift continues to provide funding for research projects related to women in the Northwest.
CSWS was awarded a Ford Foundation grant in March 2008 from the National Council for Research on Women (NCRW). “Diversifying the Leadership of Women’s Research Centers” promotes the leadership of women of color from historically underrepresented groups in the United States within NCRW and within its women’s research, policy, and advocacy member centers. CSWS and the UO Office of the Vice President for Research provided matching funds.
This group organized MemoirFest, the first annual CSWS Women Writers Symposium, held May 12, 2012. This CSWS special project migrated from being a research interest group and is aimed toward exploring local, regional, and university collaborations, most notably a women writers conference. The Women Writers Special Project seeks to foster and enhance opportunities for women writers on campus, in the community, and throughout the Pacific Northwest; to bring distinct voices of published women writers to campus; and to support the work of creative writing by bringing together writers from different disciplines.