The 2022 CSWS Annual Review is now available. You can download a PDF here or pick up print copies at the Oct. 26 New Faculty Welcome Reception. Read more about the issue in the editor's introduction below.
INSIDE THIS ISSUE: After more than a year of delayed research and remote teaching, University of Oregon faculty and students finally returned to campus in the fall of 2021. But the effects of the pandemic were far from over.
During the past year, COVID-19 surges, ongoing worker shortages, soaring inflation rates, and other economic disruptions continued to impact faculty and student research—all while enormous social and political changes sweep our nation. In the post-Roe era, our mission to support research on the complexity of women’s lives and the intersecting nature of gender identities and inequalities has never been more crucial.
In this issue, we check in with some of our affiliates’ responses to the Dobbs decision in the feature story “On the Implications of Overturning Roe.” Plus, CSWS Director Sangita Gopal, cinema studies, considers the challenges of our current social and political climate, and how the center can meet those challenges as we approach five decades of support for feminist research at UO.
The past year also marked a return of regular CSWS programming, with a virtual noon talk series featuring graduate student research (see back cover) and the long-delayed 2022 Acker-Morgen Lecture with Dr. Raka Ray, professor of sociology and South and Southeast Asia studies and dean of social sciences at UC Berkeley. Political science doctoral student Olivia Atkinson shares her reflections on Raka’s talk in this issue. In other stories, we look at how CSWS has expanded support for graduate students, and we check in with former Jane Grant Dissertation Fellow Baran Germen, assistant professor of film and media studies at Colorado College.
Effects of the pandemic can also be seen in the distribution of research articles by faculty and graduate student grant awardees in this issue. Where we usually publish about 10 articles evenly divided between faculty and graduate student research, for this issue we have 13 graduate student articles and two faculty articles. This is for two reasons: First, during the lockdown CSWS shifted our programming budget to increase funding for graduate student research; and second, faculty research progress continued to be delayed for numerous reasons. These circumstances have resulted in a “bubble” of research reports to publish over two or more years, starting with research by graduate student grant awardees in this issue. Over the course of 2022-23, CSWS will resume publication of the quarterly Research Matters to share research by our faculty grant awardees.
Stay tuned for more from CSWS in the coming months, including a completely redesigned and more user-friendly website.
—Jenée Wilde, Managing Editor