CRG Research Working Groups

CRG Research Working Groups

Race & Yoga

The Race and Yoga Research Working Group examines the intersections of race, gender, class, sexuality, able-bodiedness, and age in yoga. In addition to viewing yoga through the lens of intersectionality and Women of Color / Third World Feminisms, this group focuses on somatic theories to explore the praxis of yoga programs. Race and Yoga explores programs offered in yoga studios and other non-traditional settings, such as prisons. Although statics on annual income, educational level, and the ratio of female to male yoga practitioners in the United States are readily available, there is a...

The Visual/Visible in the Marking of Blackness, Asianness and Mixedness

The goals of this working group include but are not limited to:

1) Fostering a safe space to further discussions about the production and circulation of race-blackness, Asianness and mixedness-and intersections with gender.

2) Engage with afropessimism, afrotopia, bluetopia, and others in light of findings from our own fieldwork experiences, research findings and outstanding questions regarding blackness in particular.

3) To prompt and inspire new and creative scholarship, whether via the dissertation, articles (for publication) and/or working papers. We are all...

Critical Methodologies in Educational Research

This working group begins from an understanding of the hierarchies within social science research methods which delegitimize the qualitative methods that address equity and social justice, and speak from “epistemologies of the wound” as Gloria Gonzalez-Lopez explains. Meetings will offer participants opportunities to collaboratively gather a knowledge-base of race, class, gender, and queer-based epistemological issues, particularly in the field of educational research.

While quantitative methods serve an uncontested value in research, critical qualitative methodologies bring a...

Moving Beyond the Margins (formerly Soul Colectiva)

The purpose of this working group is to move beyond the obvious legibility of women of color and look between the margins in an attempt to acknowledge and remember the women who are often forgotten in theoretical discourse: everyday women whose own lives are quiet soliloquies of resilience. We are seeking to ground womanisms and feminisms as an everyday praxis.

Women of color have long withstood the pangs of colonial conquest, multiple oppressions and marginalization therefore this working group is an attempt to honor the modes of survival which have been employed by women of color...

Migration at the Intersections: Race, Gender, Sexuality, & Status

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. The group is meant to complement the Borderland Practice working group, which brings together practitioners.

Living Archives

The 1960s -1980s witnessed an explosion of transnational exchanges between women and queers from the global north and global south, conjuring up new and powerful imaginaries of social justice and forever altering the landscape of movements for sexual and gender justice. Radical and critical autonomous Indigenous feminist and queer of color, and of all colors, subjects and movements left various traces of their theories and practices in alternative journals, leaflets, posters, pictures, poetry, artwork, music, personal writings, and the like. Yet, many of these histories have been erased,...

Islamophobia, Gender, & Sexuality

Islamophobia, Gender, & Sexuality working group’s primary goal 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.

Reproductive Justice

The Reproductive Justice Working Group's primary goal is to co-create an environment in which participants can deepen their understanding of reproductive justice and develop practical ideas for integrating reproductive justice into their research and practice.

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...

Pacific Imperialisms

The Pacific Imperialisms working group focuses on the interconnected racial and gendered geographies of Pacific spaces from Latin America and California to the western US-Canada borderlands and Alaska, and across the sea to the Pacific Rim of East Asia, the Philippines, and Hawai’i and the rest of the South Pacific. We will build a common core understanding of the different ways in which imperial powers have overlapped and succeeded each other in the Pacific, and how spaces that are locationally distant and racially differentiated have actually been co-produced through Pacific...