The Sexualities Project at Northwestern (SPAN) is a multi-pronged, critical, and interdisciplinary initiative to promote research and education on sexuality, sexual orientation, and health in social context.
SPAN funds research by Northwestern faculty members; selects postdoctoral fellows in an international competition; and awards dissertation fellowships, summer research grants, and conference travel support to Northwestern graduate students. SPAN also organizes workshops, brings speakers to campus, and promotes a range of educational activities relating to sexuality studies. Our goal is to support Northwestern’s contributions to the emerging research agenda on sexual orientation and sexuality, particularly within the social sciences (broadly construed).
SPAN has provided funding to faculty and students in more than 15 departments and programs on campus, and its workshops and events have been attended by a wide cross-section of the Northwestern community.
Greetings and welcome to the 2016-17 academic year! This year both of us are on research leave—Steve has a fellowship at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, and Héctor has one from the Alice Kaplan Institute for the Humanities at Northwestern. While we will miss spending time with everyone in the SPAN community, we are happy to be leaving the program in very good hands for 2016-17. Gregory Ward (Linguistics, Gender & Sexuality Studies, and Philosophy), who many of you know, has kindly agreed to take the helm and serve as Interim Director for the year.
We also want to welcome our two brand new SPAN Postdoctoral Fellows, Mitali Thakor and AJ Lewis, who will be in residence at Northwestern from 2016-2018. You can find more information about AJ’s and Mitali’s work and background on the SPAN website.
Speaking of the SPAN website, we are also happy to unveil our revamped site, which you can visit at: www.sexualities.northwestern.edu. We thank the tireless SPAN program assistant, Eliot Colin, for their efforts over the summer in creating this new and improved site, which we think you will find easier to negotiate both via computer and on your phone. And if you use Facebook, please like the SPAN page!
Have a great year, and we look forward to reconnecting with all of you in 2017-18!
Héctor Carrillo and Steve Epstein
Co-Directors, the Sexualities Project at Northwestern (SPAN)
A warm welcome to all members of the SPAN community! With Steve and Héctor on sabbatical this year, I am delighted to step in and serve as Interim Director of SPAN for the 2016-17 academic year. As SPAN enters its seventh year of operation, I’d like to inform/remind everyone of various opportunities that the project offers and to give a heads-up concerning events planned for the coming months.
This year SPAN will continue to provide a range of funding opportunities for faculty and graduate students, including small grants for students to present sexualities-related work at academic conferences, summer research awards for graduate students, dissertation fellowships, and faculty research grants. We will also hold a faculty/graduate student reading group during Winter Quarter. Details about all of these opportunities will be posted on this website.
We are particularly excited to announce that the keynote address for this year’s SPAN Workshop will be delivered by the acclaimed gender and sexualities scholar Kane Race (University of Sydney). More information about the theme of the workshop and the lineup of speakers will be available soon. Please note that the workshop will take place on April 20-21, 2017.
We are also delighted to welcome our two new SPAN postdocs, AJ Lewis and Mitali Thakor! You can read more about them elsewhere on this website.
We look forward to seeing you all at events this year, and we always appreciate your feedback and suggestions.
Professor of Linguistics, Gender & Sexuality Studies, and Philosophy
Interim Director, the Sexualities Project at Northwestern (SPAN)
We also want to welcome our two brand new SPAN Postdoctoral Fellows, Mitali Thakor and AJ Lewis, who will be in residence at Northwestern from 2016-2018.
Thursday, October 13th @ 5:30pm
Chamber’s Hall | Transportation Conference Center
600 Foster St.
Join us for a welcome reception and introduction to their research! You can find more information about AJ’s and Mitali’s work and background here.
Reading Group (2016)
Kai M. Green