Residential Research Group Fellowships Fall 2018: Lab in Residence: Tinkering with Feminist and Social Justice Science Methods

Residential research groups (RRGs) are in essence teams of researchers, often unknown to each other before residency, and assembled to work on a commonly-defined research agenda. They are composed of a range of UC faculty, visiting scholars (including UC postdoctoral scholars), UC doctoral students, and non-UC faculty as resources allow. The organizing premise of the residential research program is that when the challenges of communicating across disciplines are surmounted, breakthroughs in knowledge are possible.

This call is for participation in the fall 2018 residential research group, “Lab in Residence: Tinkering with Feminist and Social Justice Science Methods.” Please see the residence research group abstract below for more information.

Eligible Applicants
UC Faculty, recently graduated UC PhDs, UC doctoral students (must be ABD), and non-UC faculty
Maximum Award
On-site offices at UC Irvine, meeting rooms, multi-media room, reference library, furnished apartments for the residency quarter on as-needed basis (resources permitting), replacement costs to the faculty division, and travel cost to the institute for resident fellows. Faculty are typically required to contribute sabbatical credits. Recently graduated UC postdocs receive salary, and PhD candidates receive stipends.
Application Opens
Wednesday, October 4, 2017
Application Deadlines
Friday, January 5, 2018
Award Announced
January 2018
Funding Source

Final awards for all of our grants are contingent upon available funding. Funding must be spent in accordance with all applicable UC rules and regulations.

Research Agenda

Convened by Professors Kalindi Vora and Sara Giordano, Gender, Women and Sexuality Studies, UC Davis

Based on the conveners’ experience bringing community-based technoscience research into research design and undergraduate pedagogy, this residential research group brings together scholars in the humanities who are already experienced with and involved in current projects committed to collaborations that produce applied social justice results. The goals of this group are: 1) drafting a set of models for university-based and community-informed research collectives; 2) publishing a guide to distribute these models, complete with methods and ethics discussions; and 3) creating a pedagogical resource for instructors who want their students to participate in community-informed research as part of their coursework and training.

Our proposed culture lab will gather resources to plan and troubleshoot a functional model for a “feminist science shop.” The feminist science shop is a space for working out feminist approaches to building communities around material and political problems. Working together, scholars, artists, activists, and others will form relationships, imagine frameworks, and build tools to work toward a more just politics of knowledge production. We base our model on science shops in Amsterdam over the last two decades. The goal of science shops is to orient the direction of technological and scientific research toward the needs of marginalized groups in the service of social justice goals.

Weekly meetings will be led by each participant (preferably with collaborators). In addition to talking about the nature of the collaboration/conversation between practitioners, scholars, artists, etc., there will be sessions devoted to what these mean pedagogically in terms of what happens in the classroom, and also  how community members and organizations can participate in, teach, and initiate collaboratories based on the models we produce.

Application Details

The RRG is open to scholars across the UC system interested in participating in the research agenda. Applicants are strongly encouraged to contact their respective campus representative on the UCHRI Advisory Committee well in advance of the application deadline for guidance in the application process.

Applicants must apply online via UCHRI’s FastApps system. Required documents include:

  •      Short Biography (200 words max)
  •      Project Title and Abstract (200 words max)
  •      Project Description (2,000 words max. Please explain your personal research aims for the residence and explain how they relate to the collective research agenda)
  •      Curriculum Vitae (2 pages max)

Individual applicants are selected based on their ability to contribute to the research agenda of the group.

For program related questions, please contact Suedine Nakano, community relations officer, at

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