Grants for Projects, Seminars and Workshops

The Citizenship, Rights and Cultural Belonging TAE will entertain requests for funding support for immediate needs from faculty affiliated with the TAE. Grants may be awarded to support transdisciplinary research projects, seminars or workshops involving faculty in multiple departments in one of the TAE research theme areas (Movement, Place, Conflict; Human Rights; Citizenship and Belonging) or an appropriate intersection. We encourage proposals that demonstrate a clear potential for transdisciplinary research collaboration and might lead to future seed grant or other internal or external grant applications. Awards are decided by the steering committee on the basis of the quality of the proposal in addressing the TAE's objectives as well as other budget commitments and priorities.

For the 2019–2020 academic year, a grant was awarded for:

Ethnography Lab

Joshua Price, sociology

Ethnography and the work of ethnographers are keys to understanding in situ fundamental issues of citizenships, rights and cultural belonging. The Ethnography Lab is a place to incubate research projects; and discuss methodology, ethics and the epistemological concerns of conducting ethnographic fieldwork, oral histroy, participant-action research and other qualitative, immersive or engaged forms of social research. The lab will promote experimental as well as well-established forms of ethnographic research. 

The lab will be a plaform for interdisciplinary collaboration, with many participants focused on issues of social justice and human rights, particularly in the community and region around Binghamton.

The lab will host speakers, sponsor workshops and conduct outreach to explore collaborations across the University, the community and at other universities. Some speakers will conduct specially designed workshops with graduate students and faculty on practical as well as theoretical dimensions of ethnography. 

For more information, contact Joshua Price at

For the 2018–2019 academic year, a grant was awarded for:

Medieval Unfreedoms: Slavery, Servitude, and Trafficking in Humans before the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade

Oct. 19–20, 2019

Elizabeth Casteen, history, and Olivia Holmes, English

This interdisciplinary conference, hosted by the Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies (CEMERS) at Binghamton University, brought together scholars whose research relates to unfreedom before the advent of the trans-Atlantic slave trade to foster conversations across traditional disciplinary boundaries about the definitions, cultural significance and evolution of unfreedom in disparate parts of the medieval world.

For information, contact Elizabeth Casteen at