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Call for Papers: Conference on Right-Wing Studies & Conference for Research on Male Supremacism

ISSI's Center for Right-Wing Studies and the Institute for Research on Male Supremacism are pleased to announce a general call for papers for a joint conference. The 2nd annual Conference on Right-Wing Studies and Inaugural Conference for Research on Male Supremacism will take place August 5-6, 2020 in Berkeley, CA. Papers on all topics related to the Right as a social, political, or intellectual phenomenon from the 19th century to the present day are welcome, and in addition there will be a special conference track focused on the burgeoning area of research on male supremacism. Participants will have the rare opportunity to join an expanding network of scholars who conduct research on the right-wing and on male supremacism, facilitating the development of this interdisciplinary field and future collaborations that emerge from these connections. 

We invite proposals for panels and paper presentations from faculty, graduate students, independent scholars, and others whose work addresses the study of the Right. Individual paper proposals should consist of a title and 500-word abstract. Panel proposals should include a title and a 500-word panel abstract, as well as titles and brief abstracts for all papers; discussants and chairs are welcome, but not mandatory. Paper and panel proposals should be submitted hereBoth are due by February 3, 2020.


ATLAS.ti Training [PC Version]

April 18-19, 2020

This workshop will provide both a conceptual background and practical experience in computer assisted qualitative data analysis (CAQDA) using ATLAS.ti. After instruction in the fundamental aspects of CAQDA, the course turns to the logic of the ATLAS.ti program, and how it functions as a tool for CAQDA.

By the end of the course, participants will have all the conceptual and practical tools necessary to employ ATLAS.ti in their current or future projects involving qualitative data.

The workshop will be limited to 12 participants so that everyone receives individual attention. Sliding scale: $400-700. Hosted by the Center for Ethnographic Research. Learn more and register here.


Angela R. Aguilar, ISSI Graduate Fellow and PhD Student in Ethnic Studies, was awarded the 2019 Graduate Student Paper Prize by the Complementary and Alternative Medicine / Integrative Medicine Special Interest Group of the Society for Medical Anthropology for her paper, "Envisioning 'Loving Care' in Impermanent Healing Spaces: Sacred and Political Organizing Towards Decolonial Health/Care in Oakland, California." 

CRWS Mini-Grant Recipient Hilary Lynd Uncovers Important History from South Africa's Transition to Democracy

During the course of my dissertation research, funded in part by a mini-grant from ISSI's Center for Right-Wing Studies in 2018, I stumbled upon an important untold story of South Africa’s transition to democracy. On the eve of the country’s first democratic elections in 1994, black and white right-wing formations were planning to boycott the elections. Had they done so, the cost in human lives would have been tremendous. The Zulu nationalist Inkatha Freedom Party was convinced to participate in elections due to the last-minute transfer of 2.8 million hectares of land to the Zulu King. Many have long suspected that such a deal took place, but my research has provided the first comprehensive account: names, dates, documents, linkages between Zulu politics and the Pretoria-based white minority government. A short version of this research appeared in the South African Mail & Guardian in August 2019.

- Hilary Lynd, PhD Candidate, History, UCB

Award for Anticipatory Anthropology

Congratulations to BCSM faculty affiliates Charles L. Briggs and Clara Mantini-Briggs who have been awarded the Robert B. Textor and Family Prize for Excellence in Anticipatory Anthropology by the American Anthropological Association. The Prize is to encourage and reward excellent contributions in the use of anthropological perspectives, theories, models and methods in an anticipatory mode. Such contributions will allow citizens, leaders and governments to make informed policy choices, and thereby improve their society's or community's chances for realizing preferred futures and avoiding unwanted ones.

BCSM Affiliates Receive 2019 Mentoring Grant

Congratulations to Berkeley Center for Social Medicine faculty affiliate Dr. Seth Holmes and BCSM affiliated graduate students Carlos Martinez and Fabian Fernandez for being awarded the William T. Grant Foundation Mentoring Grant! The two-year mentor grant is designed to support junior researchers of color in their career trajectories and to help faculty strengthen their mentoring support for these researchers. Martinez and Fernandez will each receive a grant to support their dissertation research, training, and travel to present at professional conferences.

Fabian Fernandez is enrolled in the dual UCSF and UCB M.D./Ph.D. Medical Anthropology Program and Carlos Martinez is enrolled in the joint Medical Anthropology program at UCSF and UCB. Holmes, Martinez, and Fernandez will also receive financial support to further develop their group mentoring skills, build “vertical” and “horizontal” networks of support, and engage in collaborative writing projects. Their grant is one of the seven mentoring grants awarded in 2019. More details here.

CRSC-Affiliated Professor Franklin Zimring Wins Top Criminology Award

Berkeley Law Professor Franklin Zimring has won the top international honor in criminology, the Stockholm Prize. Noted among his accomplishments cited by the award committee were his books, Crime is Not the Problem: Lethal Violence in America (with Gordon Hawkins) and The City That Became Safe. Professor Zimring joined the Berkeley Law faculty in 1985. He shares this award with Duke University economist Philip Cook, who earned his Ph.D. at UC Berkeley. The full story is here.

Investigating Health of Residents in the Rural South

Berkeley Center for Social Medicine faculty affiliate Dr. Mahasin Mujahid is playing a key role in a new six-year, $21 million study probing the causes of the disproportionately poor health outcomes of people from rural communities in the southern United States. Dr. Mujahid, Associate Professor of Epidemiology at UC Berkeley, is serving as a principal investigator (PI) of the Risk Underlying Rural Areas Longitudinal (RURAL) study to investigate the factors at play in cardiovascular health issues among white, Black, and Latino residents living in the most rural counties in Kentucky, Alabama, Mississippi, and Louisiana. Dr. Mujahid is PI of the Social Determinants Core which is responsible for assessing multi-level contextual, psychological, social, and environmental determinants of health among participants.

2020 FOUNDATIONS FOR CHANGE: Thomas I. Yamashita Prize

Nominations due January 13th, 2020

ISSI is now accepting nominations for the FOUNDATIONS FOR CHANGE: Thomas I. Yamashita Prize. The award of $2,500 honors an outstanding social change activist/scholar in California whose work transforms the existing social landscape and serves as a bridge between the academy and the community. The Prize uses a nomination system, where someone other than the nominee identifies the nominee, their contributions, and the kinds of expertise they bring to understanding how change works. Nominations are due by 5pm on Jan. 13, 2020. Read more here.

Bipartisan Support for Immigrants among California Voters

CRSC faculty affiliate G. Cristina Mora is quoted in an LA Times piece about recent polling that found that a majority of California voters from both parties agree that immigrants make the US "a better place to live."


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