Call for Proposals: Center for the Study of Social Difference at Columbia University Accepting Proposals for Projects in 2016

March 1, 2016


Funding is in the amount of $35,000 over two years with the possibility of $15,000 for a third year, contingent on working group interest and the availability of Center funds.


The Center for the Study of Social Difference at Columbia University (CSSD) promotes innovative interdisciplinary scholarship on the role of gender, sexuality, ethnicity, and race in global dynamics of power and inequality. As the umbrella organization and research hub for five interdisciplinary programs, CSSD brings together faculty in humanities, law, social science and the arts, to investigate problems of social, economic, and cultural inequality. CSSD working groups challenge the disciplinary divides among the humanities, the arts, and the social sciences by asking not only how historical categories of social difference intersect on the level of identity, but also how these categories shape institutions, modes of knowing, acts of representation, and processes of globalization. The Center creates the conditions for scholars, artists and practitioners to work collaboratively on themes of common interest and to set intellectual agendas for the future.

CSSD welcomes proposals for a new project that would begin in 2016. Proposals may be submitted for consideration by any Columbia or Barnard faculty member(s) whose project aligns with the mission of CSSD, although preference will be given to faculty affiliated with one or more of CSSD’s member centers and institutes. This year we particularly welcome proposals that address the theme, broadly conceived, of “Reframing Gendered Violence.”

CSSD seeks projects that are interdisciplinary in nature and favors proposals from an already-constituted core working group (usually 5-8 people). Center support is seed money to enable working groups to get off the ground; it is the expectation of the Center that all projects will also seek additional funding.


Project proposals should not exceed five double-spaced pages and should include a project description, a provisional budget, a short CV for each tentative working group member, and a detailed work plan for group meetings, public events, and the dissemination of project research. Proposals should also describe a plan for soliciting and adjudicating applications for working group membership from the wider University community. Any anticipated curricular or pedagogical outcomes of the proposed project should be noted.

Proposals should be directed to CSSD Associate Director Laura Ciolkowski ([email protected]), by or before March 1, 2016.  A sample CSSD project proposal is available by request.  Projects will be selected by the CSSD Executive Committee. All applicants will be notified by April 11, 2016.