The UC Berkeley Center for the Study of Sexual Culture (CSSC), in conjunction with the Center for Race and Gender (CRG), announced a dissertation workshop retreat for candidates whose dissertation research focuses on interactions of sexuality, race, and gender.

The two-day retreat will take place February 26-28, 2016, from Friday evening through Sunday at noon, at Westerbeke Ranch in Sonoma County (an hour’s drive north of San Francisco). The CSSC will cover the costs of the workshop, including meals and accommodation. Participants are responsible for their own transportation, though the Center will help facilitate rideshares and reimburse drivers for transportation costs.

The retreat is intended to provide an opportunity for doctoral students to receive in-depth feedback on their dissertation projects from other students and faculty, as well as participate in formal and informal discussions about broader theoretical, methodological, and professional issues relevant to work at the intersection of sexuality, race, and gender. The group will include 8-12 students and 3-4 faculty mentors.

This dissertation workshop retreat is also meant to provide a starting point to establish ongoing dialogue between colleagues from a diverse range of disciplines. To this effect, participants will be encouraged to form an ongoing dissertation working group after the retreat, supported by the CSSC. Participants may also be invited to present work at a one-day symposium sponsored by the CSSC and the CRG in the Fall 2016 semester.

Applicants must be advanced to candidacy but preferably not graduating in May 2016. Priority will be given to those with at least one completed chapter draft, followed by those who have already submitted their dissertation prospectus, though pre-prospectus candidates with substantially articulated dissertation plans will be considered. Projects from across the humanities and social sciences will be considered. Applicants will be selected based on the content of their individually submitted projects, as well as on the broader goal of bringing together a diverse group of scholars across disciplines, intellectual traditions, historical areas, and world areas or cultures and whose work will benefit from these interactions.

To apply, email the following documents, preferably in PDF form, and any questions, to the attention of Jocelyn Saidenberg at at the Center for the Study of Sexual Culture at [email protected] by Friday, November 20, 2015 at 4 pm.

  • One-page (maximum) single-spaced cover letter describing:
    1. at what stage of your dissertation project you currently are,
    2. a brief overview of your dissertation project and its relevance to the intersection of sexuality, race, and gender, and
    3. what your goals for this workshop retreat are.
  • 10-page (maximum) double-spaced writing sample from a dissertation chapter, your prospectus, or a seminar or conference paper or article if you have not yet submitted a prospectus.
  • Your CV.

Applicants will be notified of the decision by mid-December.