IRW working groups seek to foster collaborative, interdisciplinary research on women, gender, and sexuality at Rutgers. We nurture innovative ideas, both big and small. We also support projects that bridge research and activism, develop public scholarship, or encourage professional development. In the last few years, we have hosted four working groups:
The Gender, Race and Disability Politics of Science and Technology Working Group. A Newark-based group designed to build a collaborative inter-disciplinary network of students and scholars working to better understand the gender, race, sexual and disability politics of science and technology, both historically and contemporarily.
The Carceral Studies Working Group. A New Brunswick-based group to explore carceral studies from feminist, queer, and decolonial perspectives.
The Working Group on Dalit and Adivasi Women. A New Brunswick-based group to address the violence inflicted upon these communities and the responses to human rights violations by women and/or other non-state actors working with them.
The Working Group on Democracy in Hong Kong. A New Brunswick-based group to explore the struggle for democracy and human rights in that region.
If you are a faculty member who is exploring a new area of research relating to gender or sexuality and looking for others to partner with, or a graduate student who wishes to start a writing group, please reach out to IRW. We provide financial support, meeting space, and logistical assistance for projects lasting from one to four semesters. The topics of working groups are open, and may also involve skills-building, such as grant writing or even community organizing. See our current call for proposals for more information.