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CFP: CLACS Interdisciplinary Faculty-Student Reading/Writing Groups

September 9, 2020

CLACS invites applications from groups of affiliated graduate students and faculty to form interdisciplinary reading and/or writing groups in the academic year 20-21. The purpose of this initiative is to enhance learning about a specific topic, country or region from a number of disciplinary perspectives. Preference will be given to groups that focus on the impact of COVID-19, anti-Black racism and/or social justice movements.

Groups should have an ongoing core membership and meet at least four times per academic year to read and discuss scholarship from different disciplines and/or to read and workshop participants’ scholarship. The groups should be open to any one interested.

Covered expenses are limited to costs of materials (e.g. books) and honoraria for speakers, up to $1000 per group.

Reading/writing groups are encouraged to propose a visiting speaker who can offer a public lecture in CLACS and meet privately with the group.

The graduate student coordinator is entitled to up to $500 from CLACS toward conference or research expenses during the 20-21 academic year, in recognition of efforts in support of the group (e.g. arrange and publicize meetings, arrange for readings to be available, submit the brief year-end report, organize speakers’ visits).

Other items may be covered by request.

Proposals are due to Kate_Goldman@brown.edu by September 30, 2020, and must include the following:

  • Group title
  • Names and affiliation of sponsors (minimum one faculty and one graduate student)
  • Names of other confirmed and/or interested participants (minimum five total including the two co-sponsors)
  • One paragraph description of the purpose of the group
  • Preliminary proposal of what meetings will focus on
  • Brief budget

Funding decisions will be made by Friday, October 16, 2020.

Please note that all Reading Group activities must comply with all university protocols regarding health and safety during the COVID-19 pandemic.