This year’s SPAN workshop will focus on the topics of sexuality, space, and place. We have an exciting lineup of guest speakers, including our Keynote Speaker, Gayle Rubin (University of Michigan). We hope to see you at the workshop!




For more details about this year's (or previous) workshops, visit our Workshop page.




SPAN Postdoc Kai Green presenting "Into the Darkness: A Black Queer (Re)Membering of Los Angeles in a Time of Crises" Participants Nick Davis, Amy Partridge, Jaimie Morse, Deborah Tuerkheimer, and Aaron Norton during the 2015 Reading Group Elena Shih (Brown University) presenting "The Price of Freedom: Moral and Political Economies of Human Trafficking Rescue in China, Thailand, and the U.S." at the 2015 Workshop "Remapping the Erotic"


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.




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Reading Group 2016 RECAP: “Pleasure/Danger: An Interdisciplinary Exploration of Sexual Pleasure and Sexual Risk”

During the Winter quarter 2016, SPAN and the Third Coast Center for AIDS Research co-organized a successful reading group on the topic of “Pleasure/Danger: An Interdisciplinary Exploration of Sexual Pleasure and Sexual Risk.” Twenty-two participants from Northwestern’s Evanston and Chicago campuses and the University of Chicago met over five separate sessions to discuss recent scholarship on sexual risk and pleasure in relation to issues such as HIV prevention, pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP), male and female circumcision, and sexual health more generally.