Project title: Junior Faculty Peer Support for Interdisciplinary Book Publishing
Name of contact: Shannon Cram
Position/Rank: Assistant Professor
Other RIG members: Adam Romero, Naomi Bragin, Jade Power Sotomayor, Thea Tagle, Christian Anderson, Lauren Berliner

Summary: This research group is organized around support for a form of scholarly research and production—book manuscripts—rather than a thematic inquiry.

Purpose, significance, and objectives: The goal of the group is to facilitate peer and tangible supports for junior faculty pursuing book projects, collectivizing and sharing our experiences and insights from this arduous and complicated process for the support and betterment of all involved. 

RIG relationships and activities will be comprised of: 

1) Ongoing meetings, peer support, and skill sharing for book production from conception, through proposal and manuscript revision, all the way through to publication. Here our activities will consist of regularized meetings and conversations throughout the year, and 

2) Specific collective support for individuals at key moments in their process. This could include things like editing and reading support or advice, or support for specific aspects of the editorial and publishing process (from marketing of projects to presses, to obtaining permissions, etc. etc.) on an as-needed basis.

Funding at the level of $400 per individual member, to be used as they see fit in support of advancing their book projects (to supplement travel for research promotion, for indexing, photograph reproduction, and permissions, etc.) 

I-DISCO funding cannot be used refreshments for the activities described above: if a longer workshop that meets the requirements of food approval is held, this funding can be restored.

Funding awarded: $ 2,800

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Project title: Critical Acts: Socially Engaged Art and Performance
Name of contact: Anida Yoeu Ali
Position/Rank: Artist in Residence
Other RIG members: Jade Power Sotomayor, Naomi Bragin Thea Quiray Tagle, Minda Martin, Jed Murr, Diana Garcia-Snyder

Summary: This is an application to renew our RIG for another year of funding. Our RIG will continue to focus on expanding and deepening socially engaged arts practices at IAS and UWB by providing opportunities for students, colleagues and community members to collaborate across multiple sites with differently located practitioners.

Purpose, significance, and objectives: As scholars, artists, and educators, we are involved in a range of arts-based projects which connect local, national, and international cultural workers to IAS. The RIG works to help us further our individual research and creative practice, to materialize and strengthen the connections among our existing projects, and to build sustainable collaborations between UWB, local artists and performers, and arts institutions

We intend to produce the following outcomes with our RIG: 

  • Hold three quarterly meetings and a three-day retreat at Whiteley Center. 
  • Continue to formalize a plan for an Artist in Residency program and select an artist to participate in on campus 3-day residency as well as one off-campus event featuring the research and/or creative practice of RIG members, alongside or in conversation with regional arts exhibitions and performances. RIG will develop new and strengthen existing partnerships with local and regional artists, educators, and arts venues. We will record audience attendance at each event and build a contact list of artists, scholars, educators and presenters who attend the events from both within and outside UWB.
  • Produce “Alive 3.0 Performance Festival.” The campus-wide festival, scheduled for late Spring 2019, features students’ course-based performance projects and provides students the opportunity to share their work outside of class. Students will have the option to share their performances through an online platform, created to document student and faculty arts collaborations. We will also host the Imagine Performance Showcase. 
  • Initiate, name and develop the online sanctuary platform for sharing work.

Funding awarded: $ 3,000

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Project title: Identity and Pedagogy for Female Scholars of Color
Name of contact: Min Tang
Position/Rank: Lecturer
Other RIG members: Anida Yoeu Ali, Alka Kurian, Mira Shimabukuro

Summary: This RIG aims to bring together women of color in IAS faculty to reflect on how their embodied positionalities and pedagogy transform one another, share experiences and problems faced in the classroom setting due to their minority backgrounds, and discover possible mechanisms of support and intervention in reducing biases against them

Purpose, significance, and objectives: This research interest group aims to: 
- Engage in scholarship on positionality and pedagogy with regard to minority faculty groups 
- Explicate in what ways and to what extent biases exist 
- Explore supporting practices and resources for female scholars of color 
- Expand collaborative network across campus to increase awareness on the issue 

Fall 2018: create a list of literatures on identity and pedagogy on minority female faculty(excerpts from the following titles: Presumed Incompetent: The Intersections of Race and Class for Women in Academia, Women Faculty of Color in the White Classroom, Race in the College Classroom: Pedagogy and Politics); discuss challenges faced from past experiences; brainstorm possible intervention methods in reducing biases in classroom and in evaluations; 

Winter 2019: develop workshops and pilot studies in collaborating with TLC and Diversity Center 

Spring 2019: present at annual Teaching and Learning Symposium; arrange a research retreat to the Whiteley Center; plan potential publications. 

Funding awarded: $ 1,500

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Project title: Islamophobia and the Arts
Name of contact: Silvia da Costa Ferreira
Position/Rank: Lecturer
Other RIG members: Anida Yoeu Ali, Maryam S. Griffin

Summary: We are seeking to renew our RIG so that we can deepen the work we began that brings into collaboration the arts, humanities, and social sciences in order to engage our campus community in analyzing and confronting Islamophobia, not just as an issue of individual bias, but as an issue that has structural roots and implications and that intersects with other forms of racism, discrimination, and oppression.

Purpose, significance, and objectives: During the 2018-2019 academic year, we will expand the work we began last year by drawing new voices and perspectives into our local instantiation of a broader national and global conversation about effective strategies for combating Islamophobia. We aim to do this by hosting relevant programming that brings artists, scholars, activists, and community members engaged with issues related to Islamophobia to campus, and by deepening our research capacities on this issue by attending relevant conferences. 

We will use $2000 to bring relevant guests to campus throughout the year (eg, Alma Salem, creator of the Syria Sixth Space Contemporary Art Curatorial Platform; Palestinian artist duo Basel Abbas and Ruanne Abou-Rahme; and/or New York City-based artist, cultural worker, and activist, Yalini Dream) and $1,000 in conference travel funding to enable us to circulate our research in a collaborative context beyond our home institution and to bring back the insights gained in those interactions.

Funding awarded: $ 3,000

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Project title: Art, Culture, and Technology
Name of contact: Carrie Bodle​
Position/Rank: Lecturer
Other RIG members: Abraham Avnisan, Amaranth Borsuk, Ted Hiebert

Summary: The Art, Culture, and Technology RIG brings together faculty from Interdisciplinary Arts, Interactive Media Design, and the MFA in Creative Writing and Poetics curricular areas whose creative practice intersects with emerging technologies and critical discourse in the arts. Building off of our work in the areas of digital arts, experimental practices, and interactive experiences we will exchange insights and best practices from our work in the art, culture, and technology field. We would like to build connections to the broader national and international conversations by participating in an upcoming symposium, Interrupt, hosted by the Seattle Art Museum and Eyebeam Gallery NYC. As part of our involvement we would like to bring artists from the event to our campus and facilitate workshops/talks with faculty and students. This event in the fall will be the catalyst for our continued meetings and engagements for the academic year. 

Purpose, significance, and objectives:
- Participate in the Interrupt event onsite at the Seattle Art Museum’s Olympic Sculpture Park with visiting artists from Eyebeam Gallery NYC and also bring speakers/workshops to UWB from the event 
- Shape faculty dialogue around art, culture, and technology by connecting academic discourse with artistic practice 
- Create visibility for the UWB IA, IMD, and MFA programs and represent our unique approach to socially-engaged interactive art to a national/international community 
- Make connections to community members for future collaborations and engagement with UWB 

Funding awarded: $ 3,000

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Project title: Critical Geographies of Place, Culture, and Cities 
Name of contact: Christian Anderson
Position/Rank: Assistant Professor
Other RIG members: Ben Gardner, Jin-Kyu Jung

Summary: We pursue several overlapping interests. Broadly speaking, we focus on the intersections among cultural, social, political-economic, and historical-geographical processes in space—especially in an urban context. Alongside pertinent theoretical considerations, we collaboratively integrate different methodological approaches (spanning discourse analysis, ethnography, GIS and Geo-visualization, and other place-based and participatory qualitative methods) to produce innovative research and teaching on these topics. Integral to these ends, we continue to work to identify and pursue opportunities for place-based/community engaged collaborative research in the Seattle metro area and beyond, especially under the broad umbrella of the People’s Geography of Seattle project that has emerged as a direct result of our collaborations to date. 

Purpose, significance, and objectives:
--To begin a theoretically grounded and methodologically diverse discussion of critical urban geographical issues among UWB/IAS faculty with different but overlapping research agendas 
--To locate collaborative methodological intersections between our work 
--To pursue opportunities to leverage both of the above stated goals into innovative, community engaged teaching and research. 

1) Seattle Public Library event with community partners, AUTUMN 2018:

2) EXPEDITION SEATTLE Class, Autumn 2018: Christian Anderson will be teaching an elective graduate course in the Master of Arts in Cultural Studies program, which will act as a space of study, workshopping, and researching on the themes that have begun to emerge in the preliminary People’s Geography Conversations.

3) Workshops, Tours, site visits, and consultation with community participants in relation to the above, coordinated with the assistance of program manager Amir Sheikh

4) Digital Archive development: This in particular will be the focus of an upcoming submission for a grant from the Simpson Center, and is one of the main areas of activity we hope to further develop in conversation with our growing network of collaborators over the upcoming year. 

Funding awarded: $ 3,000

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Project title: Expanding the Environmental Humanities
Name of contact: Jennifer Atkinson
Position/Rank: Senior Lecturer
Other RIG members: Shannon Cram, Adam Romero

Summary: This research interest group seeks to advance members’ interests in Environmental Humanities scholarship and teaching, and to explore potential collective work as we develop a new curricular area in EH for our revised Environmental Studies major. At present, RIG members are engaged in separate initiatives but share common interests in promoting understanding and exchange across fields and approaches, engaging our Environmental Studies students in humanistic modes of inquiry, and bringing UWB into conversation with other scholars and institutions working in this interdisciplinary field. The Environmental Humanities RIG is intended to promote exchange around these efforts and explore how they might expand.

Purpose, significance, and objectives: We plan to jointly attend at least two more conferences in 2018-19, continue research on our respective book projects, examine Environmental Humanities models/programs at other institutions, and meet with our three new CRESS colleagues to explore potential collaborations that connect humanities scholarship with their research efforts. Building on our work from 2017-18 (including our collaborations and presentations at the Knowledge/Culture/Ecologies Conference), we are also designing a new core course for the major, "Environment and Humanities," which we will team-teach in spring 2019. 

Funding awarded: $ 3,000