Collaborative Research Grants

Awards support collaborative projects, such as conferences at UCSB or in the Santa Barbara area; collaborative research or instructional projects by faculty members in one or more departments/programs; and initiatives to bring visiting scholars and arts practitioners to campus for collaborative research or teaching. Click here for more information about faculty collaborative awards.

The following lists winners by award date:

FALL 2022

Listening to Cumbia
David Novak, Music
Raquel Pacheco, Anthropology

FALL 2021

The Global Imagination of Racial Justice: Coalition, Comparativism, Community
Swati Rana, English
Stephanie Batiste, Black Studies & English

Silicon Valley Requiem
Andrew Watts, College of Creative Studies
William Davies King, Theater and Dance

Ecologies of Childhood: An Interdisciplinary International Research Conference
Sara Pankenier Weld, Germanic and Slavic Studies

FALL 2020

Feminismo desde abajo, y al Sur (Feminism from below, and to the South)
Troy Araiza Kokinis, History
Charmaine Chua, Global Studies

FALL 2019

Asian American Studies at 50
John Park, on behalf of the Department of Asian American Studies

Gagaku Collaborative Project
Fabio Rambelli, Religious Studies/East Asian Studies
David Novak, Music
Christina McCarthy, Theater and Dance 

Globalizing Race Before Race
Debra Blumenthal, History Department
Heather Blurton, English Department

Realisms in East Asian Performing Arts
Jessica Nakamura, Theater and Dance
Katherine Saltzman-Li, East Asian Languages and Cultural Studies


An Emotional Revolution: Loves and Loyalties in Imperial Japan
Fabio Rambelli, Religious Studies
Miriam Wattles, History of Art and Architecture

FALL 2018

Contemporary Asian American Activism: An Activist-Scholar Methodological and Collaborative Project
Diane Fujino, Asian American Studies
George Lipsitz, Black Studies and Sociology

Disquantified: Critical Perspectives on Metrics Culture
Christopher Newfield, English
Aashish Mehta, Global Studies
Heather Steffen, Chicano Studies Institute

Modeling the Pacific: Oceanic Research in Science, Technology, and the Humanities
Christina Vagt, Germanic and Slavic Studies
Wolf Kittler, Germanic and Slavic Studies

Timely Intersections: Black Histories on the Page and Stage
Christina McMahon, Theater and Dance
Stephanie Batiste, English and Black Studies


Mapping Urban Materiality
Swati Chattopadhyay, History of Art and Architecture
Jeremy White, History of Art and Architecture

FALL 2017

Cultural Sustainabilities
Timothy J. Cooley, Music
Janet Walker, Film and Media Studies

Just Relations? White Romantic Imaginings and the Black Radical Tradition
Felice Blake, English
Julie Carlson, English

Pacific Coast Branch of British Studies Annual Conference
Erika Rappaport, History
Sears McGee, History

Exploring Catalan Identity
Antonio Cortijo, Spanish and Portuguese
Debra Blumenthal, History
Eloi Grasset, Spanish and Portuguese 

Patterns and Networks in Classical Chinese Literature: Notes from the Digital Frontier
Thomas Mazanec, East Asian Languages and Cultural Studies


Embodying the Present Moment in Theatrical Jazz Performance
Stephanie Batiste, Black Studies/English
Felice Blake, English
Vilna Bashi Treitler, Black Studies

Future Tripping
Alenda Chang, Film and Media Studies
Laila Shereen Sakr, Film and Media Studies
Jeremy Douglass, English

Minority Language Learning and Acculturation
Aline Ferreira, Spanish and Portuguese
Viola G. Miglio, Spanish and Portuguese
John W. Schwieter, Wilfrid Laurier University, Canada, and University of Greenwich, England

Water is Life: Standing with Standing Rock

Claudio Fogu, French and Italian
Janet Walker, Film and Media Studies
Margaret McMurtrey, Religious Studies

FALL 2016

Lukacs and the World: Rethinking Global Circuits of Cultural Production

Naoki Yamamoto, Film and Media Studies
Glyn Salton-Cox, English

Workshop on “Saturation”
Melody Jue, English
Janet Walker, Film and Media Studies

Studies in Late Antiquity: Late Ancient Worlds

Elizabeth Digeser, History


Medieval Bestsellers versus Solitary Masterpieces: What was Read Then and Now

Heather Blurton, English
Dwight Reynolds, Religious Studies

New Colloquia

Colin Gardner, Art
Elyse Gonzales, Art, Design and Architecture Museum

FALL 2015

After Tahrir: Egypt’s Revolutionary Experiences and Future Visions

Paul Amar, Global Studies
Sherene Seikaly, History

Democratizing Education: Creating Racialized Spaces of Community Building Through Critical Pedagogy, Improvisation, and the Public Humanities

Diane Fujino, Asian American Studies
Esther Lezra, Global Studies

The Global-Popular Workshop

Bishnupriya Ghosh, English
Bhaskar Sarkar, Film and Media Studies

w/Shakespeare: Shakespeare, Phenomenology, Play

James Kearney, English
Irwin Appel, Theater and Dance

R-Shief Media System Workshop

Amr El Abbadi, Computer Science
Laila Shereen Sakr, Film and Media Studies


Metamorphosis: Human, Animal, Armor

Elisabeth Weber, Germanic and Slavic Studies
Wolf Kittler, Germanic and Slavic Studies
Julie Carlson, English

FALL 2014

A Spatial Turn in Holocaust Studies

Claudio Fogu, French and Italian
Harold Marcuse, History
Werner Kuhn, Geography
Mary Hagarty, Psychology

Women, Gender, Sex: Social and Cultural Histories of the Long Nineteenth Century — a conference in honor of Patricia Cline Cohen

Ann Marie Plane, History

War and Remembrance: Cultural Imprints of Japan’s Samurai Age

Katherine Saltzman-Li, East Asian Languages and Cultural Studies


The Musical Heritage of “Moorish Spain”

Dwight Reynolds, Religious Studies
Scott Marcus, Music

On the Beach: Precariousness, Risk, Forms of Life, Affinity, and Play at the Edge of the World

Aranye Fradenburg, English

Child’s Play: Multisensory Histories of Children and Childhoods in Japan and Beyond

Sabine Fruhstuck, East Asian Languages and Cultural Studies

FALL 2013

Re-reading the Feminist Sixties

Eileen Boris, Feminist Studies
Diane Fujino, Asian American Studies

Dirty, Sexy Policy Conference

Jennifer Holt, Film and Media Studies
Constance Penley, Film and Media Studies

American Mysteries: Urban Crime Fiction from Sue’s Mysteries of Paris to the American Noir and Steampunk

Dominique Jullien, French and Italian Studies
Catherine Nesci, French and Italian Studies
Jon Snyder, French and Italian Studies

Translation Studies Conference: Language, Literature and Culture as the Novel Goes Global

Suzanne Jill Levine, Spanish and Portuguese
John Nathan, East Asian Languages and Cultural Studies


From the Academy to the Public Sphere: Writing Opinion Pieces for the Mainstream Media

Nelson Lichtenstein, History

LISO Symposium IV: “Multiple Engagements: Complexity in Human Involvement”

John W. DuBois, Linguistics
Amy Kyratzis, Education
Gene Lerner, Sociology

FALL 2012

Mediating the Nonhuman

Jeremy Douglass, English
James Pulizzi, English
Scott Selisker, English

Histories of the Japanese Book: Past, Present, Future
Michael Emmerich, East Asian Lanugages and Cultural Studies


Appoggiatura, a world premiere by James Still

Risa Brainin, Theater and Dance

UC-Caribbean Conference: “Rising Tides”

Roberto Strongman, Black Studies

Image and the Imaginary in 17th-Century China

Peter Sturman, History of Art & Architecture
Xiaorong Li, East Asian Languages & Cultural Studies

FALL 2011

“Can Fiction Make Us Care?”

Aranye Fradenburg, English

Women Singers in Global Contexts: Music, Biography, and Identity

Ruth Hellier-Tinoco, Music

This Was Funny Yesterday: Humor and Power in Contemporary Art

Jane Mulfinger, Art
Stephanie Washburn, College of Creative Studies


The Past, Present, and Future of Feminist Studies

Eileen Boris, Feminist Studies
Patricia Cline Cohen, History

Entangled: A World Premiere

Risa Brainin, Theater and Dance

Earth in Crisis: The Emergence of New Political Cultures for Global Climate Justice

John Foran, Sociology
Richard Widick, Orfalea Center

Kazakhstan: The Meaning of Language for Ethnic and National Identity

Cynthia S. Kaplan, Political Science
Adrienne Edgar, History

Gender, Creative Dissidence, and the Discourses of African Diaspora: A Colloquium in Honor of Ama Ata Aido’s 70th Birthday

Christina McMahon, Theater and Dance
Stephen Miescher, History
Jude Akudinobi, Black Studies

FALL 2010

Framing the Word: Bibles in European Culture and Society, c. 1250-1611

Sharon Farmer, History

Black California Dreamin’: Social Vision and the Crisis of California’s African American Communities

Clyde Woods, Black Studies
George Lipsitz, Black Studies
Gaye Johnson, Black Studies


Entrenchment and Plasticity: Linguistic and Literary Change

Aranye Fradenburg, English

Public Research, Participation, and Place: A Collective Mapping of Isla Vista, CA

Kim Yasuda, Art
Mike Goodchild, Geography
Martin Raubal, Cognitive Science

FALL 2009

Facs of Life

Colin Gardner, Art

The Speeds Project

Christopher Pilafian, Theater and Dance
Ninotchka Bennahum, Theater and Dance

The Ancient Mediterranean City in Real Space

Christine M. Thomas, Religious Studies
Elizabeth DePalma Digeser, History


Women, Culture and the Arts in Medieval and Renaissance Europe

Cynthia Brown, French and Italian

Vox California: Cultural Meanings of Linguistic Diversity

Mary Bucholtz, Linguistics
Dolores Inés Casillas, Chican@ Studies

Literature and the Emotions: Talking Cures

Aranye Fradenburg, English

Bridging Worlds: New Approaches to U.S.-Middle East Relations

Salim Yaqub, History

FALL 2008

Food Sustainability & Food Security Conference

Allison Carruth, English
Stephanie LeMenager, English

Transnational Feminisms in Africa: A Seminar and Related Events with Professor Takyiwaa Manuh at UCSB

Peter Bloom, Film and Media Studies
Stephan Miescher, History

Constitutional Spain: Culture and Democracy, 1978-2008

Silvia Bermúdez, Spanish and Portuguese

The American Right and the U.S. Labor Movement: Politics, Ideology, and Imagination

Nelson Lichtenstein, History
Catherine Fisk, UC Irvine School of Law


Maize and Migration in Our Lives: Understanding Change and Persistence in One Maize Farming Family in Oaxaca, Mexico

Daniela Soleri, Geography

Vox California: Cultural Meanings of Linguistic Diversity

Mary Bucholtz, Linguistics
Doris Ines Casillas, Chicana and Chicano Studies

Black to ’68: A Global Year in Education

Jeffrey Stewart, Black Studies

FALL 2007

Space and Architecture in Modern Greece

Apostolos Athanassakis, Classics

Beyond Environmentalism: Culture, Justice, and Global Ecology

Stephanie LeMenager, English

Democracy by Force?

Swati Chattopadhyay, History of Art
Bhaskar Sarkar, Film Studies
Bishnupriya Ghosh, English

Race, Space, and Power

George Lipsitz, Black Studies
Clyde Woods, Black Studies

Console-ing Passions: An International Conference on Television, Audio, Video, New Media and Feminism

Anna Everett, Film Studies
William Warner, English

Writing, Performance and Theatricality in George Sand’s Works

Catherine Nesci, French and Italian


African and Afro-Caribbean Performance conference

Leo Cabranes-Grant, Spanish and Portuguese
Catherine Cole, Theater and Dance

Masculinities in Japan

Sabine Frühstück, East Asian Languages and Cultural Studies

Grammar in Real Time: Linguistic Structure as Co-ordinated Action

Sandra Thompson, Linguistics
Gene Lerner, Sociology
Geoffrey Raymond, Sociology

The Buddhist Influence on Chinese Language and Literature

Hsiao-jung Yu, East Asian Languages and Cultural Studies

Exploring the Contribution of Walter H. Capps to the Study of Religion

Richard Hecht and Wade Clark Roof, Religious Studies

FALL 2006

Al-Jazeera and the New Arab Media

Kathleen Moore, Law and Society/Center for Middle East Studies

Synaesthesia in the Arts, Religion, and Cognitive Science

Ann Taves, Religious Studies
Michael Gazzaniga, Psychology

Intimate Labors: an Interdisciplinary Conference

Eileen Boris, Women’s Studies

Language, Interaction and Social Organization

Mary Bucholtz, Linguistics
Jenny Cook-Gumperz, Education
Gene Lerner, Sociology


Risa Brainin, Theater and Dance
Grace Chang, Women’s Studies and Jim Lee, Asian American Studies
Carl Gutierrez-Jones, English and George Lipsitz, Sociology
George Legrady, JoAnn Kuchera-Morin, Marko Peljhan, Media Arts and Technology

FALL 2005

Disciplining the Horn

Steven Gross, Music

A Digital Drawing Model: The Temple of Artemis Project

Fikret Yegul, History of Art and Architecture (with UCLA collaborative team)

Straws in the Wind: Ballads and Broadsides 1500-1800

Anita Guerrini, History


Languages and Genes

Bernard Comrie, Linguistics
Carol Genetti, Linguistics

Subaltern II

Swati Chattopadhyay, Art History

FALL 2004

Iraq in Crisis: Where Do We Go From Here? Seventh Annual Regional Middle East Studies Conference

Juan Campo, Religious Studies
Nancy Gallagher, History
Lisa Hajjar, Law and Society
Scott Marcus, Music

Conference on Language, Interaction, and Social Organization

John Du Bois, Linguistics
Sandra Thompson, Linguistics
Amy Kyratzis, Education
Don Zimmerman, Sociology
Paul Drew

Medieval Studies Conference: The Inquisitions Reopened

Ed English, History/Medieval Studies
Carol Lansing, History

Conference: AfroGEEKS II: International Perspective on the Digital Divide

Anna Everett, Film Studies/Black Studies
Guisela Latorre, Chicano Studies

Focus in Translation: Pilot Journal: First Issue: Proceedings of Humanities Conference April 2004: Literary Translation in the Humanities: Revisiting the Text

Suzanne J. Levine, Spanish and Portuguese
Yunte Huang, English
Annette Levine, Graduate Student

(Auto)biographies of Survival

Janet Walker, Film Studies
Kwame Braun, Art and Film Studies

“Home Free I.V.”: Action Research Design Group: Design Model for Mixed Use Faculty Housing and Research Center in the Community of Isla Vista

Kim Yasuda, Art
Harry Reese, Art
Jane Mulfinger, Art
Marco Peljhan, Art
Chris Miller-Fisher, Architect


On the Edges of Development

Kum-Kum Bhavnani, GISP/Sociology

Science, Theatre, Audience, Reader: Theoretical Physics in Drama and Narrative

King/Young/Abbott/Storm, Drama/English

Calculating Machines: Art Between Relay and Network

Spieker/Kittler, Germanic and Slavic

FALL 2003

Subaltern and the Popular

Swati Chattopadhyay, Art History
Bhaskar Sarkar, Art History

AfroGEEKS: From Technophobia to Technophilia

Anna Everett, Film Studies

Facts, Rights and Remedies: Enforcing International Law in the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict

Lisa Hajjar, Law and Society

Visiting Series on Poetics

Yunte Huang, English

FALL 2002

The Cultural Turn: Institutions and Instituting

Roger Friedland, Religious Studies
John Mohr, Sociology

Ninth Annual Conference on Language and Social Interaction

Gene Lerner, Sociology
Sandy Thompson, Linguistics
Chuck Bazerman, Education

Tabla Practice, Tabla Performance, and the Cultural Context of North Indian Classical Music in Nepal and India

Scott L. Marcus, Music

Towards a Critical Globalization Studies: Continuing Debates, New Directions and Neglected Topics

William I. Robinson, Sociology
Richard Appelbaum, Sociology

Irreconciliable Differences? Jacques Derrida and the Question of Religion

Elisabeth Weber, Germanic, Slavic, and Semitic Studies
Thomas Carlson, Religious Studies


A Cultural Cartography of Sera Byes Monastic University

Jose Ignacio Cabezon, Religious Studies

Violence, Victims and Vindication in Late Antiquity

H.A. Drake, History

Beyond Noise: Acoustic, Technical, and Metaphorical Aspects of Noise in Music and Visual Arts

Lisa Fales, Music

A Corpus of Christian Inscriptions and Monuments in Phrygia

Christine M. Thomas, Religious Studies

FALL 2001

Electronic Bibliography in Applied Linguistics (EBAL)

Dorothy Chun, Germanic, Slavic, and Semitic Studies
Timothy McGovern, Germanic, Slavic, and Semitic Studies

Capitalism and its Culture: Rethinking Mid-20th Century American Social Thought

Nelson Lichtenstein, History

11th Annual UCSB New Music Festival and World Premiere of the Opera Red Azalea by William Kraft

William Kraft, Music

Race and Nation, Identity, and Power: Ethnic Systems Around the World

Paul Spickard, History

Queer Visions in the Americas: A Conference on LGBT/Q Studies in Religion

Melissa M. Wilcox, Religious Studies


Writing as a Human Activity: An Interdisciplinary Conference at UCSB

Charles Bazerman, Education
Charles Li, Education
Carol Holder, Education

Women’s Studies, Disciplinarity and Interdisciplinarity: Conversations for Change

Eileen Boris, Women’s Studies

West African Performance Ensemble and Artistic Residency

Catherine Cole, Drama
Nina Fales, Drama

Diabolical Beauty: A Collaborative Project

Colin Gardener, Art Studio
Jane Callister, Art Studio

FALL 2000

Trobada Catalana/ Catalan Encounter in Culture and Literature

Victor Fuentes, Spanish and Portuguese
Silvia Bermudez, Spanish and Portuguese

Conference on Language, Interaction, and Social Organization

Charles Bazerman, Education
Sandra A. Thompson, Linguistics
Don Zimmerman, Sociology


Racialization of Crime

Carl Gutierrez-Jones, English
Denise Segura, Sociology
Jonathan Inda, Chicano Studies

Soviet Leader, Ideology, and the Cold War

Tsuyoshi Hasegawa, History
Fredrik Logevall, History

Towards Comparative Epistemology

Bruce Robertson, History of Art
Mark Meadow, History of Art

Artist Exchange UNAM-Mexico

Richard Ross, Art Studio

Revealing the Sacred in Asia America

Paul Spickard, History
Wade-Clark Roof, Religious Studies

FALL 1999

Renegotiating the Scope of Chinese Studies

Francesca Bray, Anthropology
Charles Li, Linguistics

An Early End to the Cold War? Cold Culture and the East-West Conflict in the Aftermath of Stalin’s Death, 1953-1956

Tsuyoshi Hasegawa, History
Aaron Belkin, Political Science

Chicano Studies Colloquium

Francisco A. Lomeli, Chicano Studies
J. Manual Casas, Spanish and Portuguese