CSWS’s Research Interest Groups (RIGs) are collaborations among faculty members, staff, graduate students, and community members at the University of Oregon. The goal of the RIGs is to bring people together around a shared project, idea, or vision around CSWS’s mission: to generate, support, and publicize intersectional research on women and gender.
- Américas RIG
- Feminist Philosophy RIG
- Gender in Africa and the African Diaspora (GAAD) RIG
- Indigenous Women of the Northwest: Culture and Community Partnerships RIG
- Narrative, Health, and Social Justice RIG
- Social Sciences Feminist Network RIG
The goals of RIGs include:
- facilitating collaborative research and inquiry
- assisting RIG members in preparing and submitting grant proposals
- building links between scholars and community activists
- supporting innovative thinking about curricula and pedagogy
- creating opportunities for cross-disciplinary discussion among scholars.
CSWS initiated the RIG program in 1994. You can read a brief review of the history in this 2014 Annual Review article.
Notable outcomes of RIGs include:
- community partnerships featuring Northwest women writers, like the Northwest Women Writers Symposium, now in its fifth year
- international platforms for feminist collaboration and publishing, like the Fembot Project
- vibrant centers for collaboration, research, and mentoring like the Americas RIG
- research centers like the Center for Latino/a and Latin American Studies (CLLAS).
As this brief list illustrates, some RIGs have expanded in scope into major partnerships; still others have attracted large research grants and become major program initiatives within CSWS. Some have simply remained RIGs, open to the shifting needs and interests of group members.
RIGs are led by RIG coordinators or co-coordinators, who organize and publicize events and activities. RIGs can be multi-year groups or groups that come together around a specific theme or idea.
UO faculty, graduate students (with a faculty advisor), or staff are eligible to apply for CSWS RIG Sponsorship. RIGs seeking funding can apply for RIG Innovation Funding. Other RIGs receive sponsorship in the form of links on our website, access to the CSWS listserv for publicity and communication, assistance with scheduling rooms, as well as access to the Jane Grant Conference Room and the Acker Conference Room.
Guidelines: If you need CSWS to design posters, etc., please refer to this form for deadlines and other guidelines.
RIG sponsorship: New Application Forms for 2016-17 will be posted soon.
RIG Innovation Funding: on hiatus for AY 2017-18