Caribbean IRN Receives Grant to Create Sexualities Course

The Caribbean Region of the International Resource Network (IRN) is
pleased to announce the receipt of a $20,000 grant from the International
Association for the Study of Sexuality, Culture, and Society (IASSCS) to
create and present an Advanced Sexuality Studies Short Course. The
course will be presented during the summer of 2013 in Trinidad through
a collaboration with the Institute for Gender and Development Studies
(IGDS) at the University of the West Indies, St. Augustine (Trinidad &
Tobago) campus.
The Advanced Sexuality Studies Short Course (ASSC) consists of a variety
of course modules on various sexuality topics freely available through
open source technology at www.sexualitystudies.net. IASSCS developed
the ASSC with funding from the Ford Foundation in response to a growing
recognition of the need for graduate-level training in critical sexuality
studies in the global South; the project was piloted in sites including
South Africa and Vietnam. The Caribbean IRN’s course will not only combine
the considerable expertise of faculty from the IRN board and UWI’s
IGDS, it will also utilize webconferencing technology and web-based
materials (including the IRN’s Theorizing Homophobias in the Caribbean
collection and our online archive at http://www.dloc.com/icirn). This
collaboration will encourage Caribbean students’ study of and research
on sexuality and will facilitate connections among faculty in this field at
UWI and in the USA. Because the teaching faculty will commit to teaching
the course material over the next several years, and because the final
course materials will be available on the internet, this project will also
strengthen the growing field of Caribbean sexuality studies both in the
region and around the world.
The Caribbean region of the IRN was created in 2008 and connects
academic and community-based researchers, artists, and activists around
the Caribbean and in the diaspora in areas related to diverse sexualities
and genders. The Caribbean IRN highlights and promotes activism and
creative work, as well as different kinds of engaged scholarship which
seek to question, provoke and illuminate various ways of thinking about
same-sex desire and sexual minorities.
The IRN is an internet-based project created by the Center for Lesbian
and Gay Studies (CLAGS) at the City University of New York in 2002. The
purpose of the IRN is to link researchers, activists, artists, and teachers
from both academic and community bases in areas related to diverse
sexualities. It strives to be a central internet location (at www.irnweb.org)
for people interested in approaching sexual rights and human rights from
the perspective of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, or queer studies,
or who are interested in surveying research on particular sexual minority
issues around the globe. Over many years, the IRN has received generous
support from the Ford Foundation to build this project.

Rosamond S. King is the Co-Chair of the Carribean IRN Regional Board