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.
CSWS initiated the RIG program in 1994. You can read a brief review of the history in this Annual Review article.
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.
Notable outcomes of RIGs include:
- community partnerships featuring Northwest women writers, like the Northwest Women Writers Symposium
- international platforms for feminist collaboration and publishing, like the Fembot Collective
- 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 (see below). 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.
RIG Innovation Funding
CSWS offers small grants to faculty and graduate students to organize interdisciplinary working groups focused on particular themes for the academic year. Working groups will provide participants the opportunity to discuss readings and share their research. Funding may be used to pay for reading materials, food, and visits by scholars. RIGs are encouraged to use working groups as the foundation for future conferences and symposia, course development, and publications.
Those interested in organizing a working group should submit a proposal that includes the following elements:
1. Title and subject area
2. Purpose of the work group
3. Potential outcomes
4. List of participants
6. Itemized Budget ($500 max.)
Send proposals Attn: operations manager: email@example.com
Guidelines: If you need CSWS to design posters, etc., please refer to this form for deadlines and other guidelines.