2016 Grant Call: Women and Protest

by Pablo K


Invites applications for small grants:

To enable research in the pursuit of a PhD project
To help fund travel, interviewing, or media connected with PhD research
To contribute towards writing-up costs for a PhD dissertation

The AL Charitable Trust is a 30-year-old foundation aimed at assisting PhD students in the social sciences, especially sociology. A limited number of small grants of up to £1,000 are available each year.

Through providing small grants, the AL Trust helps students complete parts of their research that they might otherwise be unable to fund. The Trust also aims to promote new generations of researchers addressing important social questions of our times. The Trust expects all funded projects to have an explicitly gendered perspective.

This year’s theme is women and protest.

Women and Protest

Recent years have seen an upsurge in popular protest, from anti-austerity movements in Southern Europe to revolutions in parts of North Africa and the Middle East. Women have been on the front-line of many of these protests. Yet scholarly work on ‘women and protest’ is limited. Unless the protests in question are portrayed as ‘women’s protests’ or as protests around ‘women’s issues’, women are usually seen as victims rather than as active participants. More often than not, the role of women is occluded altogether.

This call is to support PhD projects that are working on the diverse role that women play in protest movements, contemporary or historical, national or international. Eligible projects include those studying ‘contained’ forms of protest (such as social movements, strikes, lobbying, petitions, demonstrations, and occupations) and those looking at more ‘transgressive’ forms of protest (such as riots, revolutions, and direct action campaigns).

The call is open to a wide variety of issue areas and academic disciplines. Areas of interest include the roles and experiences of women in movements concerned with environmental justice and sustainable development, migration and refugees, race and ethnicity, war, peace processes, political representation, sexual and gender-based violence, indigenous rights, economic and social rights, austerity, healthcare, sexual freedom, and more. We are also interested in work that examines the media coverage of women in protests and women’s protests.

The call is now closed. A new call will be issued in 2017.