Announcing New Interdisciplinary Projects in the Social Sciences

The Social Science Research Council is pleased to announce the inaugural grantees of New Interdisciplinary Projects in the Social Sciences, a request for proposals open exclusively to faculty of the College and University Fund for the Social Sciences member institutions.

This spring, Scholarly Borderlands, the SSRC’s research incubator program, invited proposals for interdisciplinary working groups that would ask novel questions, develop new frameworks, rethink methodological approaches, and find innovative answers.

The response made it clear that this kind of funding fills a significant gap in the research environment. We were thrilled to receive 29 applications from PIs representing 14 different member institutions. (With the inclusion of co-PIs, 21 College and University Fund institutions were represented in the applicant pool.)

With such a wealth of applications and suggested topics ranging from the governance of new environmental technologies to the cultural foundations of human cognition, it was a challenge for the Scholarly Borderlands Research Advisory Committee to select finalists. We are pleased to announce that funding has been awarded to the following projects:


Forced Migration and Mental Health: Transforming Mental Health Education and Research through Interdisciplinary Partnerships

PI: Adam Brown, The New School
Co-PIs: Kyle Farmbry, Rutgers University–Newark; Maria Höhn, Vassar College

This project will use funds to convene researchers, policymakers, practitioners, students, and social entrepreneurs to explore ways mental health education and training may better address the mental health needs of refugees and forcibly displaced migrants. Researchers will examine how current practices in education and training can be enriched and transformed through the development of new courses, modes of teaching, and research partnerships between universities, liberal arts colleges, local partners, and nongovernmental organizations.


Reconstructing Memory in Dharavi, Mumbai and Rocinha, Rio de Janeiro

PI: Ana Paulina Lee, Columbia University
Co-PI: Anupama Rao, Barnard College

Funding will support the activities of the Geographies of Injustice working group at the Center for the Study of Social Difference at Columbia University. This working group is committed to exploring the question of subaltern urbanism and aesthetics from an explicitly South-South perspective by bringing urban studies into conversation with studies of social difference and inequality, with specific focus on representation and decolonization as they relate to subaltern urban architectural and infrastructural forms.