Meeting regularly throughout the academic year, RITM faculty-led working groups advance interdisciplinary scholarship. Many of these groups have also organized lecture series and small conferences.

Explore the  current Working Groups below.

Black Affect Reading Group

The Black Affect Reading Group is a collaborative group of scholars which meets biweekly to discuss the relationship between the discipline of affect theory and the particularities of Black life and experience.
Faculty Advisor: Tavia Nyong'o, Professor of African American Studies, American Studies, and Theater & Performance Studies

Black Feminist Theory Working Group

This working group is a space for faculty and graduate students working on Black Feminist Theory. The group gathers two times a month to discuss texts in Black Feminist Theory, and provide a space for its members to present their work as the year progresses. It is open to Yale faculty and graduate students who are interested in the black feminist movement and related subjects.
Faculty Advisor: Aimee M. Cox, Associate Professor of Anthropology and African American Studies

French North American Studies Working Group

Founded in 2016, the Yale French North American Studies Working Group supports academic work and intellectual inquiry on French North America, including the Caribbean/ Fondé en 2016, le Yale French North American Studies Working Group a pour objet la recherche et la formation sur l'Amérique française, y compris les Antilles.
Faculty Advisors: Jay Gitlin, Lecturer in History; Edward Cooke, Charles F. Montgomery Professor of the History of Art and Professor of American Studies; Ryan Brasseaux, Lecturer in American Studies

Diversity in Italian Studies Working Group

The Diversity in Italian Studies Working Group is a collaborative and interdisciplinary group that meets twice per month to discuss representations of cultural, racial, and sexual diversity in Italian literature, Italian culture, Italian history, and Italian Studies as an academic discipline. Beginning the Fall 2021 semester, the Yale Diversity in Italian Studies Working Group is collaborating with the UC Berkeley Italian Migration Studies Working Group to co-host invited speaker events. Meetings are open to all students and faculty interested in issues related to Italy.
Faculty Advisor: Jane Tylus, Andrew Downey Orrick Professor of Italian and Professor of Comparative Literature

Latinx Studies

The Latinx Studies Working Group offers a weekly gathering for graduate students and faculty members to discuss research methodologies, current scholarship, and works-in-progress.
Faculty Advisors: Stephen Pitti, Professor of History, American Studies, and Ethnicity, Race, & Migration; Alicia Schmidt Camacho, Professor of Ethnicity, Race, & Migration

Race Before 1800

Race before 1800 is a venue to learn about and engage with the heated debates on race and race-craft in the premodern fields. This interdisciplinary working group brings together scholars of history, culture and identity in order to consider premodern discourses of race and racialization. We invite scholars interested in both Western and non-Western modalities and histories of race from all disciplinary backgrounds. Special attention will be paid to the various 'morphologies' of racialization, such as religion, culture, nation, ethnicity as well as appearance.

Racial Capitalism and Carceral State Working Group

For its fifth year, the Racial Capitalism and the Carceral State colloquium will bring together graduate students and faculty committed to researching the regimes of mass incarceration, immigration detention, policing, border security, and surveillance, in relation to the long histories of transatlantic slavery, settler colonialism, and overseas empire. The group is committed to research building towards abolitionist futures, including work on prison education, re-entry, restorative justice, and social movements, and aims to support the scholarship of currently and formerly incarcerated people. Each semester will be dedicated to close reading foundational and emerging new works in the field, having working group members leading discussions, and welcoming invited scholars to discuss their works with us.