Bestowing GRACE

We’re happy to announce the two projects that will be getting RA assistance through the GRACE program this summer. It was a close call, but this quarter, the final winners are:

Ramya Ramanath, School of Public Service

Project: Place-making by displaced women: A qualitative action research on slum relocation and rehabilitation in Mumbai, India

The RA working with Ramya will be helping her to organize and analyze qualitative data collected in focus groups and face-to-face interviews with women in Mumbai in 2012.

Tom Foster, History

Project: This project examines the sexual assault and sexual exploitation of enslaved men. It examines forced reproduction, sexual assault by men and women, and the broader context of sexuality within the institution of slavery.

The RA working with Tom will be reading through the WPA Slave Narrative archives for references or allusions to the experiences of sexual and romantic life of slaves.

All the applications were very good, so we will be looking at all of the proposals to see how we can work to support them outside of the GRACE program with consultations, trainings, or smaller chunks of RA time. We will offer GRACE again every quarter, so watch this space for the announcement of the next GRACE session.

A special thanks to all of the applicants and to the SSRC Advisory Board for their part in reviewing applications. [Note: Ramya Ramanath is a member of the SSRC Advisory Board, but did not review the GRACE applications.]

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Author: Jessica Speer

As the Research Specialist at SSRC, Jessica edits re/search, consults with faculty, and conducts SSRC research projects. She is interested in questions of information management, preservation, communication, and dissemination.

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