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The Womens Studies Research Center Internship

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The Womens Studies Research Center Internship

    The Women’s Studies Research Center Internship:

    Student-Scholar Partnership (SSP)

    Project Proposal Form Fall 2009

Please return completed proposal packets (includes: form, 3-5 page statement, CV) by August 17, 2009

    to Kristen Mullin, SSP Program Coordinator: mullin@brandeis.edu Thank you.

SCHOLAR INFORMATION

Name: Dr. Pnina G. Abir-Am

Phone #1: 781-736-8119 Phone #2:

Brandeis Affiliation: Visiting Scholar

Mailing Address:

E-mail: pninaga@brandeis.edu

Are there dates during the semester when you will be travelling/unreachable? Please specify.

    9/21-10/21 : I speak at a conference at the Science Museum in London and conduct research in UK,

    Sweden, and Israel. However, I will be reachable by e-mail and will leave a plan for the students to

    follow and report weekly during that time.

PROJECT INFORMATION

Title of Project: ―Gender, Collaboration, and Allocation of Credit (Recognition) in Science‖

Field(s) of Research: ―Women in Science‖ at the intersection of Women’s Studies and History of

    Science, Sociology, and Science

How long will this project last? (Please circle only one.)

    A. 100 hours - 50 hours over the course of the Fall semester and 50 hours over the course of

    the Spring semester.

    B. 40-50 hours over the Fall semester only.

Is this a Continuing or brand-new project? Continuing

STUDENT PARTNER INFORMATION

Have you participated in the Student-Scholar Partnership in prior years? Yes _x____ No _____

    (Please specify year and student’s name if yes)

     2007-08: Almog Cohen; 2008-09: Christina Luo & Pinar Ozisik

Will you be continuing with a student partner from a previous semester? Yes __x___ No _____

    If continuing, please provide the student’s name and contact information:

Do you have a particular new student candidate or candidates with whom you would like to work?

    Student-Scholar Partnership

    Fall 2009

    Project Proposal

     Yes _____ No ____x_

    If yes, please provide each student’s name and contact information: I am accepting new students

    Please note the Hiring Deadline is rolling so interviews (if appropriate) must be completed as soon as

    possible after receipt of application.

    What is your timeline for work to commence on your research project this semester? (Please indicate if

    the project is ongoing or due to start at a particular point during the semester). Ongoing

    Scholars and faculty members participating in the SSP Program are required to meet with their

    student research assistants on a weekly basis for supervision.

    Please explain how you will fulfill this commitment. Where do you plan to hold supervision meetings?

     I usually meet the students on Wed. or Th. late afternoon in my “office”,or WSRC library.

    Profile of a Suitable Student Candidate:

     Required Preferable

     related coursework __________________ ________x_________

     technical skills __________________ _________x________

     past experience __________________ _________x________

     similar professional __________________ _________x________

     interests

     other (please indicate) _some science courses_________________ _________________

     ADDITIONAL INFORMATION Please submit a curriculum vitae and a 3-5 page explanation of the following:

     1. Describe your research project.

     2. What role will the student play in the project? Please be specific regarding expected

    responsibilities.

     3. How will your project benefit from the student's participation?

     4. What specific knowledge or skills will the student acquire from carrying out this work?

     5. What do you foresee to be the mutual benefits of the mentoring relationship?

     6. Please feel free to add any other information you feel relevant.

Any questions? Please direct them to the Student-Scholar Partnership Coordinator, Kristen Mullin,

    Women's Studies Research Center, Brandeis University, MS 079, Waltham, MA. 02454-9110

    Email: mullin@brandeis.edu Phone messages: (781) 736-3046 Mary G. Berg Research Project, Fall-Spring 2009-10:

Research Project, Fall and Spring 2009-10:

    Student-Scholar Partnership

    Fall 2009

    Project Proposal

We will edit important Latin American literary texts for publication by Stockcero, a Spanish language

    publisher based in Buenos Aires (www.stockcero.com) that aims at the academic market (i.e. class

    textbooks) in the U.S. and Europe. This involves preparation of the text and footnotes, and writing an

    introduction and blurbs. Since students are the expected readers of these books, it is very important to

    have this feedback as well as editorial assistance. We will begin with a 1909 travel book, Viaje de recreo, by the Peruvian author Clorinda Matto de Turner (1852-1909) which is partly done already.

    The next step will involve close reading and research for a preface that describes the author and the

    historical contexts of the book, as well as discussing the major issues addressed by the text, and

    including an up-to-date bibliography. The text will be extensively annotated, which will also involve

    decision making and research. It will involve several rounds of proofreading. The next in line is an

    Argentine 1906 novel of romance and intrigue, María Cristina Ramos Mexía’s De la sombra a la luz.

    And then Leopoldo Lugones’ famous science fiction stories, Las fuerzas extrañas, also published in Argentina in 1906. A contemporary collection of Cuban science fiction by women is also in the lineup,

    as soon as the last copyright details can be resolved.

Student’s role in the project:

Stockcero’s goal is to produce classic texts for student use in the US and Europe, so the student’s role

    is crucial: he/she is the ideal target for these publications, and our choice of what needs footnoting will

    be made on the basis of what the student wants to know more about. Updating the bibliography and

    researching the historical context of the book will involve library and online research, and writing up

    of summaries of this material.

Knowledge and skills student will acquire:

The student will become familiar (in great detail and depth) with a really interesting book, an

    important text of Latin American literature. Library and online research skills will be developed as we

    write up preface ideas and notes.

Mutual benefits of this adventure:

It should be the ideal merging of student and professorial perceptions and readings of a major Latin

    American text. And we should end up with an edition that is useful to other students and professors.

    Student-Scholar Partnership

    Fall 2009

    Project Proposal

    The Women’s Studies Research Center Internship:

    Student-Scholar Partnership (SSP)

    Project Proposal Form Fall 2009

Please return completed proposal packets (includes: form, 3-5 page statement, CV) by August 17, 2009

    to Kristen Mullin, SSP Program Coordinator: mullin@brandeis.edu Thank you.

SCHOLAR INFORMATION

Name: Rosa DiVirgilio

Phone #1: 781-736-8111 Phone #2:

Brandeis Affiliation: WSRC Staff

Mailing Address:

E-mail:

Are there dates during the semester when you will be traveling/unreachable? Please specify.

    No

PROJECT INFORMATION

    Title of Project: Public Relations for the Women’s Studies Research Center

Field(s) of Research: Public relations, business, arts

How long will this project last?

    C. 25 hours over the Fall semester only.

Is this a Continuing or brand-new project? Brand New

STUDENT PARTNER INFORMATION

Have you participated in the Student-Scholar Partnership in prior years? Yes ___X__ No _____

    (Please specify year and student’s name if yes)

Will you be continuing with a student partner from a previous semester? Yes _____ No _X____

    If continuing, please provide the student’s name and contact information: Do you have a particular new student candidate or candidates with whom you would like to work?

     Yes _____ No __X___

    Student-Scholar Partnership

    Fall 2009

    Project Proposal

    If yes, please provide each student’s name and contact information:

    Please note the Hiring Deadline is rolling so interviews (if appropriate) must be completed as soon as

    possible after receipt of application.

    What is your timeline for work to commence on your research project this semester? (Please indicate if

    the project is ongoing or due to start at a particular point during the semester).

    As soon as we can!

    Scholars and faculty members participating in the SSP Program are required to meet with their

    student research assistants on a weekly basis for supervision.

    Please explain how you will fulfill this commitment. Where do you plan to hold supervision meetings?

    Student will work out of the WSRC and meet with supervisor there as well.

    Profile of a Suitable Student Candidate:

     Required Preferable

     related coursework courses requiring writing marketing, public relations; journalism,

     technical skills ability to fill out fields via internet access, MS Word

     past experience __________________ _________________

     similar professional __________________ _________________

     interests

     other (please indicate) _excellent communication skills, strong writing skills; prior experience

     typing press releases would be helpful__

     ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

    Please submit a curriculum vitae and a 3-5 page explanation of the following:

     1. Describe your research project.

     2. What role will the student play in the project? Please be specific regarding expected

    responsibilities.

     3. How will your project benefit from the student's participation?

     4. What specific knowledge or skills will the student acquire from carrying out this work?

     5. What do you foresee to be the mutual benefits of the mentoring relationship?

     6. Please feel free to add any other information you feel relevant.

Any questions? Please direct them to the Student-Scholar Partnership Coordinator, Kristen Mullin,

    Women's Studies Research Center, Brandeis University, MS 079, Waltham, MA. 02454-9110

    Email: mullin@brandeis.edu Phone messages: (781) 736-3046

    Student-Scholar Partnership

    Fall 2009

    Project Proposal

    The Women’s Studies Research Center Internship:

    Student-Scholar Partnership (SSP)

    Project Proposal Form Fall 2009

Please return completed proposal packets (includes: form, 3-5 page statement, CV) by August 17, 2009

    to Kristen Mullin, SSP Program Coordinator: mullin@brandeis.edu Thank you.

SCHOLAR INFORMATION

Name: Lisa Fishbayn

Phone #1: 781-736-3116 Phone #2:

Brandeis Affiliation: Director, Project on Gender, Culture, Religion and the Law, Hadassah-

    Brandeis Institute. VRA Women’s Studies Research Center

Mailing Address: Mailstop 079

E-mail: Fishbayn@bramdeis.edu

Are there dates during the semester when you will be traveling/unreachable? Please specify.

    No.

PROJECT INFORMATION

Title of Project: Untying the Knots: Theorizing Conflicts between Gender Equality and Religious

    Laws

    Field(s) of Research: Women’s Studies, Law, Politics, Near Eastern and Judaic Studies

How long will this project last? (Please circle only one.)

    D. 100 hours - 50 hours over the course of the Fall semester and 50 hours over the course of

    the Spring semester.

Is this a Continuing or brand-new project? New

STUDENT PARTNER INFORMATION

Have you participated in the Student-Scholar Partnership in prior years? Yes _X____ No _____

    (Please specify year and student’s name if yes) 2007, 2008 Becca Wasser

Will you be continuing with a student partner from a previous semester? Yes _____ No __X___

    If continuing, please provide the student’s name and contact information:

    Student-Scholar Partnership

    Fall 2009

    Project Proposal

    Do you have a particular new student candidate or candidates with whom you would like to work?

     Yes _____ No ____X_

    If yes, please provide each student’s name and contact information:

    Please note the Hiring Deadline is rolling so interviews (if appropriate) must be completed as soon as

    possible after receipt of application.

    What is your timeline for work to commence on your research project this semester? (Please indicate if

    the project is ongoing or due to start at a particular point during the semester).

    Mid-September

    Scholars and faculty members participating in the SSP Program are required to meet with their

    student research assistants on a weekly basis for supervision.

    Please explain how you will fulfill this commitment. Where do you plan to hold supervision meetings?

    Weekly meetings at a mutually convenient time in my office at the HBI

    Profile of a Suitable Student Candidate:

     Required Preferable

     related coursework __________________ _________________

     technical skills __________________ _________________

     past experience __________________ _________________

     similar professional __________________ _________________

     interests

     other (please indicate) _____________familiarity and interest in women’s struggle for legal

    rights under religious law in any legal regime or religious tradition, good editing and research

    skills_____ _________________

     ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

    Please submit a curriculum vitae and a 3-5 page explanation of the following:

     1. Describe your research project.

     2. What role will the student play in the project? Please be specific regarding expected

    responsibilities.

     3. How will your project benefit from the student's participation?

     4. What specific knowledge or skills will the student acquire from carrying out this work?

     5. What do you foresee to be the mutual benefits of the mentoring relationship?

     6. Please feel free to add any other information you feel relevant.

    Student-Scholar Partnership

    Fall 2009

    Project Proposal

Any questions? Please direct them to the Student-Scholar Partnership Coordinator, Kristen Mullin,

    Women's Studies Research Center, Brandeis University, MS 079, Waltham, MA. 02454-9110

    Email: mullin@brandeis.edu Phone messages: (781) 736-3046

    Untying the Knots:

    Theorizing Conflicts between Gender Equality and Religious Laws

    Lisa Fishbayn

    Director, HBI Project on Gender, Culture, Religion and the Law

SSP Project Description:

The Project on Gender, Culture, Religion and the Law is to conducts research which explores conflicts

    between women’s claims to gender equality and legal norms justified in terms of religious and cultural traditions.

    It’s location in the Hadassah-Brandeis Institute, a leading research centre on Jewish women’s studies,

    shapes its unique approach to exploring these issues. The Project support research on the rights of

    women in Jewish law, both in Israel and the Diaspora. It also supports comparative work that

    examines the issues of women’s rights under religious laws in inter-disciplinary and cross-cultural perspective.

This year, the Project is launching a book series that will provide an avenue for publication of work

    produced by the Project and work which furthers the mission of the Project. The first title in the series

    will be Untying the Knots: Theorizing Conflicts between Gender Equality and Religious Law, edited

    by Lisa Fishbayn at Brandeis and Sylvia Neil at Northwestern University.

The book is a collection of essays addressing the theoretical and practical challenges of ameliorating

    women’s inequality under religious laws. It is based on the proceedings of a very successful conference we held on this topic here at Brandeis in April 2008. Contributions from lawyers, political

    theorists and activists deal with conflicts under Jewish law and Muslim law in civil and personal status

    law countries. Introductory and concluding essays consider the challenges and benefits of cross-

    cultural dialogue and collaborations.

    Papers topics include : the debate over allowing faith based arbitration for family law cases in Canada: the scope of duty to accommodate minority religious practices under American constitutional law:

    innovative strategies being used by Israeli family lawyers to sue husbands for money damages for

    refusing to grant their wife a divorce; the political struggles to create egalitarian laws of Islamic

    marriage in South Africa; the role of toanot rabbaniyot in interpreting Jewish laws of family purity.

Role of the Student Partner:

    I will be editing the contributions to this volume during the next two academic terms. This will

    include editing submissions from authors and writing a comprehensive introduction that describes and

    reflects upon current scholarship in the field of gender and multiculturalism.

The student will copy articles or excerpts, check out books from the library or download articles from

    computer sources. The student will also summarize and comment on material in memo form and may

    be involved in preparing power point slides for presentation of this material in lecture form. . The

    student will also assist in editing submissions and preparing memos to authors. Finally, the student

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    Project Proposal

will assist with the preparation of an index for the book, helping to develop a strategy and working

    with appropriate software to generate the index. This assistance will be gratefully acknowledged in the

    book, forthcoming 2010..

This research assistance will help me to pull together and sift through key material for the introduction.

    It is also useful to have a fresh pair of eyes to comment on drafts as it develops. During the editing

    process, the student will verify the accuracy of author footnotes, becoming familiar with the style of

    editing used in law journals.

The experience will benefit a student who wishes to deepen their understanding of this fascinating

    intersection between the struggle for women’s rights and desires to protect and promote religious rights

    and traditions, , who wishes to engage in comparative analysis of these sorts of struggles in different

    religious traditions and legal regimes, and who wishes to explore interdisciplinary work at the

    intersection of law, gender theory and social theory. The student will gain experience with

    collaborative academic research and writing and exposure to excellent cutting edge work on gender

    and multiculturalism by some of the leading theorists in this area

    Student-Scholar Partnership

    Fall 2009

    Project Proposal

    The Women’s Studies Research Center Internship:

    Student-Scholar Partnership (SSP)

    Project Proposal Form Fall 2009

Please return completed proposal packets (includes: form, 3-5 page statement, CV) by August 17, 2009

    to Kristen Mullin, SSP Program Coordinator: mullin@brandeis.edu Thank you.

SCHOLAR INFORMATION

Name: Florence Graves and E.J. Graff

Phone #1: 781-736-4249 (Florence) Phone #2: 781-736-4247 (E.J.)

Brandeis Affiliation:

    WSRC Resident Scholars; Founding Director of the the Schuster Institute for Investigative

    Journalism; Associated Director and Senior Researcher for the Schuster Institute for

    Investigative Journalism

Mailing Address:

    Office: 415 South St, MS 043, Waltham, MA 02454

E-mail:

    fgraves@brandeis.edu and ejgraff@brandeis.edu

Are there dates during the semester when you will be traveling/unreachable? Please specify.

    E.J. will be travelling September 27-October 2; other travel dates not yet confirmed.

PROJECT INFORMATION

Title of Project:

    Reporting and research support for The Schuster Institute for Investigative Journalism

Field(s) of Research:

    Violence against women, sex discrimination, international adoption, politics, media coverage of

    women, constitutional law, and other gender-related issues; Journalism, especially investigative

    reporting; politics, social issues, gender, legal issues, especially Innocence Project.

How long will this project last? (Please circle only one.) We are flexible. Either is acceptable.

    E. 100 hours - 50 hours over the course of the Fall semester and 50 hours over the course of

    the Spring semester.

    F. 40-50 hours over the Fall semester only.

Is this a Continuing or brand-new project? Both new and on-going projects

    Student-Scholar Partnership

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    Project Proposal

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