CRG Research Working Groups

The Center for Race & Gender sponsors on-going research initiatives that investigate specific areas of inquiry related to racial and gender justice.  CRG also hosts research working groups to support faculty and/or graduate students to sustain interdisciplinary critical research on topics related to race, gender, and their intersections.   Working groups create productive intellectual exchange among members, facilitate deeper understandings of the identified research topic, and catalyze innovative ideas about the research area.

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CRG MAJOR RESEARCH INITIATIVES:
Islamophobia Research & Documentation Project
Undocumented Student Research Project

2015-16 CRG RESEARCH WORKING GROUPS:

Asian America & Asian Diaspora Studies
Borderland Practice: Citizenship, Race, Gender, and Critical Praxis
 (3rd year)
The Color of New Media: Race, Ethnicity, and Digital Culture (3rd year)
Critical Trauma
Feminist of Color Geographies
Intersectional Working Group
Islamophobia, Gender, and Sexuality (2nd year)
Living Archives: 1960s-1980s Indigenous, Third World & Anti-Colonial Women's and Queer Transnational Solidarities (3rd year)
Migration at the Intersections
Muslim Identities & Cultures (5th year)
Race & Yoga (4th year)
Reproductive Justice (4th year)
Social Movements Working Group (2nd year)
Soul Colectiva

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 Asian America & Asian Diaspora Studies (AAADS)
AAADS seeks to merge community-engaged research, activism, and critical race theory and methodology. As a working group, we do not take the category of “Asian American” for granted, but instead seek to understand the complex matrices of identity, history, and community that produce racialized and gendered communities. This group will provide a dynamic and engaging space for reading new scholarship, exchange ideas on shared research interests, and critiquing ongoing writing projects; create opportunities for Asian Americanists across disciplines to foster connections, build academic community, and learn from one another; and provide ongoing professionalization and mentorship opportunities for working group members with invited speakers, informal “brown bag” meetings, and presentation opportunities.

Borderland Practice: Citizenship, Race, Gender, and Critical Praxis
This working group aims to a) examine the intersections of race, class, gender, and citizenship within health, social service, and practice settings and b) foster opportunities for meaningful collaboration and participatory research with grassroots groups and community-based organizations engaged in supporting immigrant and migrant communities.  More here:  http://crg.berkeley.edu/content/borderland-practice

The Color of New Media: Race, Ethnicity, and Digital Culture
This working group will seek to add new voices, and new lenses, to the new media studies “conversation,” in order to diversify and broaden the scope of that conversation.  The overarching goals of this group will be: to share resources on issues of race/ethnicity/nation and new media, to foster the creation of new scholarship on these issues, and to nurture fellowship and social networking among scholars, particularly scholars of color, working in the field of new media studies.  More here: http://crg.berkeley.edu/content/color-new-media

Critical Trauma
We are a group of graduate students and community practitioners who conceptualize trauma as a symptom/proximal manifestation of exposure to structural and interpersonal oppression e.g. colonialism, capitalism/economic racism, patriarchy, etc, and acknowledge individual and community-level capacities to heal from oppression. As a working group, we wish to create a safe space to share our own ideas, work-in-progress, and theoretical frameworks in order to develop a more nuanced understanding of the larger implications of trauma on groups of people. We will explore how systemic forms of oppression lead to biological, psychological, and community detrimental effects within and across generations and within and across various marginalized populations.

Feminist of Color Geographies
Women of color feminists, who have much to say about power, domination, and violence, are rarely read for their insights into space and spatiality. This working group seeks to “decolonize the spatial turn” by recasting woman and queer of color scholar-activists as spatial theorists. We will read Black, Indigenous, and transnational feminist scholars for how they approach the interlaced logics of race, gender, and sexuality as spatial phenomena.  

Intersectional Working Group
Using intersectionality as a primary analytic frame, this group will explore the implications of race, class, and gender across research areas including: how weight bias, race, and gender stereotypes affect Black women in health care settings; how long‐term incarceration affects Black men and their relationships to their families and community; how sociological factors, explain the absence, presence, and severity of implicit racial bias; how the national context of France shapes the anti‐racist efforts of nonprofit organizations; and finally, how racial struggles and the suppression of black voices influenced the evolving notion of educational equity and desegregation reform in the Chicago Public Schools.

Islamophobia, Gender, & Sexuality
The primary goal of this working group is to develop analyses of the place of gender, sexuality, and race in Islamophobia and the effects of Islamophobia on gendered, sexualized, and racialized subjects.

Islamophobia Research & Documentation Project
The Islamophobia Research and Documentation Project focuses on a systematic and empirical approach to the study of Islamophobia and its impact on the American Muslim community.  Today Muslims in the U.S., parts of Europe and around the world have been transformed into a demonized and feared global "other," subjected to legal, social, and political discrimination.  Even at the highest levels of political discourse, the 2008 U.S. Presidential elections, Islamophobia took center stage as a sizeable number of Americans expressed fear that Barack Obama, the first African American president, is somehow a closet Muslim.  Newspaper articles, tv shows, books, popular movies, political debates, and cultural conflicts over immigration and security can readily produce ample evidence of the stigmatization of Islam within dominant culture.  The challenge for understanding the current cultural and political period centers on providing a more workable and encompassing definition for the Islamophobia phenomenon, a theoretical framework to anchor present and future research, and a centralized mechanism to document and analyze diverse data sets from around the U.S. and in comparison with other areas around the world.  For more info, please visit: http://crg.berkeley.edu/content/islamophobia or contact Hatem Bazian at hatemb@berkeley.edu

Living Archives: 1960s-1980s Indigenous, Third World & Anti-Colonial Women's and Queer Transnational Solidarities (2nd year)
Living Archives plans to challenge this erasure by engaging in the study and the construction of oral histories on the overlapping archive of women’s movements, LBT movements, Black Panther, Third Worldism, Latin American and Arab revolutionary anti-imperialisms and pan-Africanism of the 1960s and 1970s.  We will convene periodically  to share our distinct but overlapping research projects on anti-colonial movements in Africa, Latin America, and the Mediterranean, and their inter-articulations with anti-racist feminist and LBT activism in the United States, and particularly Indigenous, Black, Latina, Asian, Arab, and Muslim Power and anti-colonial movements.  More here: http://crg.berkeley.edu/content/archiving-solidarities

Migration at the Intersections
The Migration at the Intersections working group will be an inclusive interdisciplinary space for graduate students and faculty from Berkeley and other academic institutions whose research addresses the intersection of at least two of the following axes of identity: race, gender, sexuality, and immigration status. Because the law school is often isolated from the broader Berkeley community, the goals of the working group will include creating an intellectual exchange between legal and other scholars and bringing immigration, and more specifically, immigration law into conversation with scholarship in other disciplines. 

Muslim Identities & Cultures (3rd year)
The Muslim Identities and Cultures (MIC) working group studies Muslim identities and cultures from multiple standpoints including but not limited to: race, gender, queer (of color) theory, nationalism, critical cultural geography, etc.  Our primary objective is to study the impacts of '9/11' on Muslim individuals and communities through these lens, as well as the "racialization" of Muslims in the United States and abroad.  In particular, we have been researching the intersections of "anti-terrorist/terrorism" initiatives around the world.  We are interested in how these intersections represent Muslim identitities, especially those of Muslim women.  This theme is, however, not foreclosed; we explore in a way that allows time and space for different inquiries and analyses, as is apparent in our history of activity.  The promotion of inter and transdisciplinary/departmental research is our priority, for we believe that it is precisely through diverse discourses that we can discuss Muslim identities and cultures as well as their worldings.  For more information, please contact Saima Akhtar at sakhtar@berkeley.edu.

Race & Yoga (3rd year)
This across campus working group will examine the intersections of race, gender, class, sexuality, and age in relation to the practice of yoga andother mind-body disciplines.  in addition to viewing yoga through the lens of intersectionality and Women of Color / Third World Feminism, this group will focus on somatic theories and explore the curriculum, pedagogy, and praxis of yoga programs.  The group will explore yoga programs offered in non-traditional spaces, such as prisons, schools, and rehabilitation facilities, and in more traditional spaces, such as studio settings.  The primary purpose of this working grouop is to bring race, gender, class, sexuality, and age to the forefront of discourses surrounding yoga in the U.S.  The broader implications of such a conversation will be to critique activist work that does not account for the specificities of lived experiences and to develop strategies that foster useful methods of community intervention.  For more info, please contact Tria Andrews at tria.andrews@berkeley.edu.

Reproductive Justice
Currently, there are students and faculty interested in the theory and practice of “reproductive justice,” or the right to have children, the right to parent and the right to not have children.  Advocates and academics from various disciplines will explore meta‐questions that have long plagued efforts to secure reproductive rights for, and eliminate reproductive oppression of, marginalized and vulnerable groups. We plan to build on the foundation already set by a small community of students, faculty and community members interested in or actively engaged in researching issues related to reproductive justice. The group currently reads articles of interest related to exploring the relationship between a broad concept of reproduction and social justice. 

Social Movements Working Group (2nd year)
The CRG “Social Movements Working Group” seeks to be an interdisciplinary space for graduate students and faculty members who teach, research, and/or write about various types of social movements (immigrant rights, climate change, LGBTQ, etc.) and aspects of them (protests, coalitions, discourses, time and space, etc.). The working group is open to scholars who utilize multiple types of data (e.g. interviews, field notes, surveys, archives) and social science research designs (qualitative, quantitative, or mixed-methods). Working Group activities will include, but are not limited to: feedback on works in progress (papers, dissertation proposals, manuscript chapters, grant applications, etc.); reading groups; discussions on pedagogy; guest speakers; and conferences.

Soul Colectiva
The primary purpose of this working group is to give voice to the multiple experiences of Black womanhood. We strategically chose to focus on Black women to counter the erasure of the Black woman’s experience, which has occurred across multiple domains historically. Additionally, the goal of this group is to critically examine multiple aspects of black womanhood through discussion, reading and artistic expression. We aim to explore how we can begin to create a space for all Black lives to exist and matter within a context of equality as the Black lives Matter Campaign has called necessary attention to the complex ways in which oppression continues to marginalize and obscure the black experience. However, the campaign has also caused us to ask the difficult question: which Black lives matter? This question has further forced us to acknowledge that some lives matter more than others.

Undocumented Students Research & Action Initiative

A collaboration of UC Berkeley partners launched a research initiative to explore the topic of improving the campus climate for undocumented students at Berkeley.  The initiative includes community building efforts among undocumented students to decrease isolation, an engaged research project that collects critical data about the experiences and insights of undocumented students at Berkeley, a narrative writing course to collect qualitative data, and sharing the results of research findings.  Fall 2013 will see a release of the findings from our research, a launch of an anthology produced by students who participated in the writing course, support for queer undocumented student organizing initiatives, and a symposium on the politics of (im)migration.

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Applications for research working groups for the 2016-17 academic year coming soon!  

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