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Proposal Writing and Critical Social Science Writing Intensive Workshop

5 hour course by Suad Joseph (UC Davis)

  • Schedule: 1 July (10:00-15:00h)
  • Venue: IBEI

This intensive course teaches all the basic components for a successful research proposal. These components are the bedrock of critical writing in the social sciences. It is simultaneously a course in logical argumentation, persuasion, social science writing, and winning grant-writing. Participants are invited to submit a maximum of a one-page abstract in advance. A select number of these abstracts will be workshopped in the seminar. The instructor has over 30 years of experience teaching and training on this subject and serving on the review panels of major social science foundations.

Format of the workshop

  • Set of lectures (5 hours, with intermittent coffee breaks and lunch)
  • Open to grad students, faculty, researchers. Participants can ask questions throughout the day
  • Open to the social sciences, humanities, and STEM disciplines, as well as NGO practioners
  • Voluntary abstracts by participants from which a selection will be discussed in the lectures.
    Questions that need to be addressed in a maximum of one page abstract:
    1. What is your research question?

    2. What is your preliminary answer to the question?

    3. How have others answered this question?

    4. What is missing in the answers others have provided to the question?

    5. Why is the proposed answer better?

    6. Why should we be answering this question?

The abstracts should be sent to Professor Suad Joseph prior to the workshop to give her the chance to browse the material regarding the abstract writing and research planning.

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Suad Joseph
Distinguished Research Professor at the University of California, Davis.

Suad Joseph is the founder and founding president of the Middle East Section of the American Anthropological Association), founder and founding president of the Association for Middle East Women's Studies (AMEWS) and founder/director of the Arab Families Working Group. She founded and directed the University of California Davis Arab Region Consortium. She was president of the Middle East Studies Association of North America in 2010-2011.  She is co-founder and founding president of the Arab American Studies Association and co-founder of the Association for Middle East Anthropology and the Journal of Middle East Women’s Studies. She is General Editor of the prize-winning Encyclopedia of Women and Islamic Cultures. She has edited or co-edited 12 books, and published over 100 articles in journals and books, most recently Reporting Islam: Muslim Women in the New York Times, 1979-2011 (2023); Handbook of Middle East Women (2023); The Politics of Engaged Gender Research in the Arab Region: Feminist Fieldwork and the Production of Knowledge (2021); the award-winning Arab American Women: Representation and Refusal (2021). She is the founder and founding director of the Middle East/South Asia Studies Program at UC Davis; co-founder of the UCD Feminist Research Institute. She was awarded the UC Davis Prize – the largest undergraduate teaching and research prize in the United States; the Middle East Studies Association Jere L. Bacharach Lifetime Service Award in 2019; the Association for Middle East Women’s Studies and the Arab American Studies Association lifetime service awards. Her research on her native Lebanon focuses on gender and citizenship, the state, family, children and youth, trauma, and the cultural politics of selfhood. She currently PI’s multi-university collaborative projects on gendering STEM education, refugee mental health, and mapping the production of knowledge on women and gender in the Arab region.