The Michigan Humanities Collaboratory has announced this year’s Proposal Development Grant recipients: “Expanding the Reach of the Global Feminisms Oral History Archive” and “Documenting Criminalization and Confinement.”
The Collaboratory’s Proposal Development Grant provides significant funding during May and June of each year. Awarded teams develop research questions and put together a cohesive application for the Project Grant, a generous award of up to $500,000 that supports new and ambitious forms of humanities scholarship.
“Expanding the Reach of the Global Feminisms Oral History Archive” builds on the “Global Feminisms Project,” a “living resource” whose purpose is to provide raw material for scholars of women’s movement activism to use in teaching and research.
The collaboratory grant launches a successive phase in which the team proposes to enhance the “Global Feminisms Project,” through pedagogical and research collaboration among faculty at U-M and through additional domestic and international partnerships.
As part of this expanded project, the team proposes activities including adding new country sites, creating cross-regional thematic sites, and enhancing existing country sites with interviews, introductory films, and translations.
Team members include principal investigator Abigail Stewart, Sandra Schwartz Tangri Distinguished University Professor of Psychology and Women’s Studies; Sueann Caulfield, associate professor of history and Residential College; and Wang Zheng professor of women’s studies and history, and a research scientist of the Institute for Research on Women and Gender.
“Documenting Criminalization and Confinement,” includes principal investigator Heather Ann Thompson, professor of Afroamerican and African studies, history, and Residential College; Matt Lassiter, professor of history; Ashley Lucas, associate professor of theatre and drama, and Residential College; Ruby Tapia, associate professor of English language and literature, and women’s studies; and Nora Krinitsky, postdoctoral fellow in the history of art.
The team, which had previously received a 5×5 Incubator Grant as the “Carceral State Project,” will be the first comprehensive, qualitative research initiative to study the impact of criminalizaton, confinement and criminal justice control in the United States.
Team members propose to “mobilize faculty, graduate and undergraduate students, archivists, and community partners in a series of collaborative and multidisciplinary research projects that span the domains of arts and performance, historical investigations, digital humanities, and public engagement.”
Born in the Office of the Provost, housed in LSA and located in the Hatcher Graduate Library, the Humanities Collaboratory provides significant resources for U-M scholars to experiment with collaborative, team-based approaches to humanities research, its communication to the broader public, and the training of the next generation of humanities scholars.