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Faculty Research Networks

Faculty Research Networks at the Research Institute of Comparative Studies in Race and Ethnicity are faculty-initiated and faculty-driven interdisciplinary research communities that bring together Stanford faculty and visiting scholars to develop individual and collaborative research on race and ethnicity. Each network focuses on a different theme that intersects with race and ethnicity (e.g., health, environment, criminal justice, housing).

Application Information

2017-2018 Faculty Research Networks

Emancipatory Performance and Racial Formation

Faculty Coordinators:

Aliya Saperstein  Aliya Saperstein (Sociology)    Michele Elam (English/MTL)

Graduate Student Coordinator:

Danee Conley (

This network will collaboratively interrogate how race and ethnicity have been imagined, performed, and (re)produced – with a particular focus on the questions of whether progressive responses to racial formation are possible and, if so, what shapes they might take. The network welcomes Stanford scholars studying race and ethnicity from a range of perspectives, including identity and identification, categorization and perception, and representation and performativity.

Aftermaths of Slavery

Faculty Coordinators:

Grant Parker  Grant Parker (Classics)  James T. Campbell  James T. Campbell (History)

Graduate Student Coordinator:

Liz Jacob (

What have been the long-term impacts of slavery after formal abolition? In a range of historical contexts we seek to explore the memory of slavery in the longue durée. The network will be comparative, incorporating Atlantic, Indian and Mediterranean worlds (among others), in ancient and modern periods. There will be some emphasis on Cape slavery in South Africa (1653-1834) as a relatively neglected element within comparative slave studies.