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.
news and updates
Congratulations to this year's
faculty funding awardees
George J. Greene & Michael E. Newcomb (Medical Social Sciences). “Engaging Parents of LGBT Youth in Adolescent Sexual Health Research: Preliminary Feasibility and Acceptability Studies.”
Aymar Jean Christian (Communication Studies). “Open TV beta: Investigating Queer TV Distribution through Research Creation.”
You can learn more about these projects on our faculty research page.
SPAN Postdoc Kai Green featured in the Windy City Times
"Queer trans man leaves impact at Northwestern and beyond"
Click here to read the full article.
SPAN News & Updates Archive
For the archive of past SPAN News & Events, please see here.
and calls for proposals
Call for Proposals
Faculty Research on Sexuality: Social Science Perspectives
The Sexualities Project at Northwestern (SPAN) invites applications from Northwestern faculty members for funding to conduct research on sexuality from a social science perspective (broadly construed) in academic year 2016-17.
SPAN will be allocating up to $85,000 for faculty research projects in 2016-17. Proposals will be funded according to ratings by external reviewers who are senior scholars in sexuality studies. We anticipate funding both small and large projects, and the requested funding may be of any size up to $40,000 per proposal.
Deadline for applications: March 10, 2016
For application instructions and detailed information, please click here.
Saying "Yes" to the Bulldagger Within: A Black Lesbian Trans* Inheritance (Kai M. Green)
(Click here for the full poster)
March 1st at 5pm
University Hall, Hagstrum Room (201)
In this talk Green uses local print materials from Los Angeles in the 90s to examine the relationship between Black Lesbian feminism and Black trans embodiment. He examines the way local Black lesbians create black queer genealogies that experiment with myth and “proper” history in order to create a knowable past for themselves.
Save the Dates:
Annual SPAN Workshop
April 21-22, 2016
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). Further details
will be forthcoming. We hope to see you at the workshop.
Thursday, April 21 – 5:00 PM to 6:30 PM (followed by reception)
Anthropology and Women’s Studie
University of Michigan
“(Gay) Sex and the (Post) Industrial City: Leathermen, San Francisco, and the Future of Queer Worlds”
Friday, April 22 - 9:00 AM to 4:30 PM
(followed by reception)
Women and Gender Studies
Arizona State University
“Right Time, Right Place: Black Gay Men, Sexual Situations, and the Means of Pleasure”
University of British Columbia
“Integration, Inequality, and the Gayborhood”
University of Maryland, College Park
“‘Dead Addicts Don’t Recover’: Geographies of Risk and Harm in Early Needle Exchange”
University of Maryland
“Future Black Arts and the Revolutionary Black Queer Club”