Origins and Funding of RAGA
The Centre was officially opened as the SAGA (Studies in Autobiography, Gender and Aging) Centre in May 2002, and was funded in 2000 by a Canadian Foundation for Innovation research infrastructure grant ($100,000: one of the first two successful applications from the Humanities/Social Sciences in Canada), with support from the BC Knowledge Development Fund ($100,000), the UBC Blusson Fund ($50,000), and the Peter Wall Institute for Advanced Studies ($50,000 for initial operating costs). Supported by 10 faculty members from a wide range of departments, the project grew out of a Peter Wall Institute for Advanced Studies interdisciplinary project on "Narratives of Disease, Disability, and Trauma."
In 2008, The SAGA Centre was transformed into the RAGA (Race, Autobiography, Gender and Age) studies, with a particular emphasis on critical race and feminist scholarship. RAGA is committed to building stronger partnerships with community organizations that work for equity and social justice. The Centre will also develop stronger links with international partners through collaborative research projects, conferences and events.