Gender & Sexuality Studies Year-End Awards Ceremony & Celebration

Thursday, June 4th, 5:00-7:00pm in the John Evans Alumni Center

All members of the Gender & Sexuality Studies community are invited to come honor our graduating seniors, and acknowledge recent graduate students and fellows. We will honor the winners of the George C. Casey Prize, Betty Jo Teeter Dobbs Prize, and the Rae Arlene Moses Leadership Award. We will also celebrate the end of a busy and exciting year!

Refreshments will be served.

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Save the Date: Lee Edelman and Lauren Berlant

May 7-8 Dialogue: Lee Edelman and Lauren Berlant (Critical Theory Cluster event)

Organized by Anna Parkinson (German) and Nick Davis (English and Gender and Sexuality Studies)

May 7

Lecture by Lee Edelman, discussant Michelle Wright (English and African-American Studies)

May 8

Dialogue: Lee Edelman and Lauren Berlant

SPAN Mentoring Group Meeting

On Tuesday, April 28 from 5-6:30 PM, SPAN will be holding a Graduate Student Summer Grant Info Session and Report-back. The session will take place in the French and Italian Studies seminar room, Crowe 2-130. Please come to hear some of last year’s awardees talk about their research. In addition, this will be an opportunity to find out about this year’s application process and to ask questions. The deadline for applications is May 13th. For more information, please see the summer funding page.

Presenters will include:
Roy Gomez Cruz — “Transnational Acrobatics: Performing Flexible Labor and Fluid Sexuality in the Contemporary Circus”
Rae Langes — “Performing Monstrosity: Queer and Transgender Tactics of Resistance in Twenty-first Century United States”
Angela Leone — “Born Wild, Created to be Free: Sexual Promiscuity, Western Masculinity, and Religion in Professional Bull Riding”
Karly-Lynne Scott — “Supersensual: Erotic Engagements with Media and the Extension, Reconfiguration and Remapping of the Spectatorial Sensorium”
Nick Davis, Steve Epstein, and Héctor Carrillo will be on hand to talk about the application process and answer questions.

We hope you can attend. Even if you’re not interested in applying this year, please come hear the presentation from your fellow graduate students. Snacks and refreshments will be provided.

Welcome from the Co-Directors of SPAN

Greetings and welcome to the 2014-15 academic year! As SPAN enters its fifth year of operation, we want to take this opportunity to introduce some new arrivals to our campus, remind everyone of opportunities that the project offers, and provide a heads-up concerning events planned for the coming months.

One of the most significant aspects of SPAN’s efforts is our postdoctoral fellowship competition. We are delighted to welcome two new postdocs to Northwestern this year, both of whom will begin two-year appointments:

  • Kai M. Green recently completed his dissertation on black queer Los Angeles at the University of Southern California. At Northwestern, he is jointly appointed in African American Studies and the Gender & Sexuality Studies Program, and he will be teaching classes on “Queer in the City” and “Gender, Sexuality, and Race: Black Queer Looks.”
  • Aaron Norton’s dissertation, recently completed at the University of California at Davis, traced the science, ethics and politics of male circumcision’s emergence as an HIV-risk category and prevention strategy. Aaron is jointly appointed in Sociology and the Gender & Sexuality Studies Program, and he will be teaching classes on “Sexuality, the Social Sciences, and LGBT Rights” and “Sexuality and HIV/AIDS.”

Kai and Aaron were among 93 applicants for these positions, and we anticipate that they will make substantial contributions to our intellectual community here at Northwestern. For more information about them, please see here.

This year SPAN will continue to provide a range of funding opportunities for faculty and graduate students. We encourage everyone to familiarize themselves with these opportunities at our website, which, through the efforts of our program assistant, Jeremy Cornelius, has become a complete and useful guide to what SPAN has to offer. As in previous years, we will also sponsor a number of events and activities, including a reading group in the winter quarter and a workshop in April. More immediately, we will be hosting several talks this fall, including ones by Kai and Aaron. Please stay posted for details!

We look forward to seeing you all at events this year, and we always appreciate your feedback and suggestions.

Héctor Carrillo and Steve Epstein
Co-Directors, the Sexualities Project at Northwestern (SPAN)