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ASTR’s José Esteban Muñoz Targeted Research Working Sessions
The late performance theorist José Esteban Muñoz once described the limits experienced by minoritarian knowledge producers (including, especially, scholars of color) in the academy thus:
Recognizing this dynamic and this imperative, the Executive Committee of ASTR has established competitive, funded, three-year working sessions in order to support, promote, and feature the production of research by and about people of color at ASTR. The EC places particular emphasis on these working sessions as an opportunity to foster and forward intersectional work that also attends to and includes LGBTQ communities, disability communities, and scholars without regularized institutional support. Now in its second year, each working session will constitute one cycle of three continuous years, with a final count of three complete cycles. The first session commenced its three-year cycle at the 2016 conference, with the second and third sessions beginning consecutively in 2017 and 2018. The organizers of each working session must commit to the working session running for a continuous three-year period, though the leadership may change or rotate (with the approval of the ad-hoc committee for selections).
Funding: Each selected working session will be granted a $3,000 budget each year to support its work. Organizers will propose a budget in the application but are left with wide latitude regarding the utility of funds. Organizers might, for example, use funds to subsidize the travel and lodging of working session participants or use the money programmatically. In addition to the funding grant, ASTR conference registration fees will be waived for the organizers of the working session. With the exception of graduate students, however, organizers may not use funds to pay for their own travel and lodging for the conference. Graduate student organizers may use up to $500 each to defray such costs.
Proposal and Selection Process for ASTR’s Muñoz Targeted Research Working Sessions
Proposal Form: Applicants will submit the same information as included on the standard working session proposal form with the addition of the following: