Fellowships and Awards
Next Deadline: June 1, 2018, 11:59 pm
Each year, CLAGS sponsors a student paper competition open to all graduate students enrolled in the CUNY system. A cash prize is awarded to the best paper written in a CUNY graduate class on any topic related to gay, lesbian, bisexual, queer, or transgender experiences. Papers should be between 15 and 50 pages and of publishable quality.
- Submissions should include a copy of the paper with the author’s name, contact information, campus affiliation, and the name of the course/instructor for which the paper was written.
Applications may be submitted directly through email or through file-transfer sites such as WeTransfer. Please send all submissions/file transfers to firstname.lastname@example.org. Files saved on CD are also accepted. Print copies will not be accepted.
The Poetics of Misrecognition, and the Aesthetic Potental of (Not)Knowing
Karen Lepri is the author of the collection of poems, Incidents of Scattering (Noemi, 2013) and was the recipient of the 2012 Noemi Poetry Prize. Her poetry, essays, and translations appear in Aufgabe, Boston Review, Lana Turner, Conjunctions and more. She teaches writing and literature at Queens College, The Cooper Union and Bard College. Her current dissertation research explores how entwined understandings of magic and poetry have had a racializing effect on the ways 20th century poetry critique thinks and works. She is also writing on the side on Stein’s social negativity, Wittgenstein’s erotic marginalia, and Barthes’ The Neutral.
Mariana Romo-Carmona: The constitution of lesbian characters in the novels of Ibis Gómez-Vega and Ena Lucía Portela Mariana Romo-Carmona is co-editor of Cuentos: Stories By Latinas, author of the novel, Living at Night, and Sobrevivir y otros complejos: Poems in Englillano. Her Master’s thesis is on deterritorialization and suicide in the work of surrealist Chilean poet, Carlos de Rokha, and begins her doctoral studies (Fall, 2014) in the Hispanic & Luso-Brazilian Lits. and Langs. Program at The Graduate Center, CUNY.
Ajay Gehlawat: “Don’t Spill the Juice! The Emergence of the Homosexual Subtext in Bollywood.”
Robert Franco: Revolution in the Sheets: The Intimate Politics of the Mexican Left, 1901-1981
Robert Franco is a PhD candidate in History at Duke University whose work is concerned with the politics of gender, sexuality, and the family in Latin America. His dissertation project, titled “Revolution in the Sheets: The Sexual Politics & Intimate Practices of the Mexican Left, 1901-1981” examines the antagonism of the Mexican Left – communists, socialists, and anarchists – towards sexual politics. His project seeks to historicize the political foundations of these hostilities to understand why sexual politics wax and wane as issues of concern for the Mexican Left, and what are the contingencies that undergird the outburst of intolerance in political discourse.
Elias Vitulli: Carceral Normativites: Sex, Security, and the Penal Management of Gender Nonconformity
Elias Vitulli is a Visiting Lecturer of Gender Studies at Mount Holyoke College. His research explores the connections between queer/transgender studies and critical prison studies. His current project, “Carceral Normativites: Sex, Security, and the Penal Management of Gender Nonconformity,” examples the history of the incarceration of gender nonconforming and transgender people in the US from the early twentieth century to the present, focusing on the evolution and logics of penal policies and practices. He received his Ph.D. in American Studies, with a minor in Feminist and Critical Sexuality Studies, from the University of Minnesota in 2014. His work has appeared in GLQ, Social Justice, and Sexuality Research and Social Policy.
Ronald Cummings: Queer Marronage and Caribbean Writing Ronald Cummings is currently Assistant Professor of Postcolonial Studies at Brock University. He was the 2013-2014 postdoctoral research fellow in Critical Caribbean Studies at Rutgers University. His research focuses on representations of queerness and marronage in Caribbean writing and cultural discourse.
Let the Record Show: Mapping Queer Art and Activism in New York City, 1986-1995
Tara Burk is a Philadelphia-based art historian. Her work appears in places such as Women Studies Quarterly and Journal of Curatorial Studies. She has lectured widely at institutions and conferences including the Brooklyn Museum, The IFA-Frick Symposium on the History of Art, The College Art Association Annual Meeting and The Center for Lesbian and Gay Studies.
She received her doctorate in Art History from the Graduate Center of the City University of New York in 2015. Her dissertation, “Let the Record Show: Mapping Queer Art and Activism in New York City, 1986-1995,” examines the American activist art collectives Silence=Death Project, Gran Fury, and fierce pussy. It traces the development of cultural AIDS activism in the urban public sphere and the reconfiguration of both artistic and political engagement during the American culture wars of the late twentieth century.
Tara is currently a lecturer at Rutgers University, where she teaches a course on pornography and gender. She recently curated a Visual AIDS web gallery, “Summer Streets,” which considers the urban street as both a site and a feeling of crucial significance to sexual outlaws. Her latest project examines the iconography of hands in queer art, which is supported in part by the Leather Archives and Museum Visiting Scholar program.
Thomas Hafer: ‘The Last of the Great Bohemians’: Film Poetry, Myth, and Sexuality in Greenwich Village and the Atlantic, 1930-1975 Thomas W. Hafer completed his Ph.D. in History at the Graduate Center, CUNY in 2014. His dissertation, ‘”The Last of the Great Bohemians”: Film Poetry, Myth, and Sexuality in Greenwich Village and the Atlantic, 1930-1975’, examines the modernist identity, art, and sexuality of a group of bohemian artists as they encounter postmodernist art and gay liberation in the 1960s and 1970s. He regularly teaches history at John Jay College, Brooklyn College, and St. Francis College.
Salvador Vidal-Ortiz: A recent doctoral graduate from the Graduate Center’s department of Sociology, was awarded the Monette-Horowitz award for his dissertation, “Sexuality” and “Gender” in Santería: Towards a Queer of Color Critique in the Study of Religion. His dissertation theorizes the relationship between sex, gender, and sexuality by empirically studying the participation and reception of Lesbian-, Gay-, Bisexual-, and Transgender- or Transsexual- (LGBT) identified practitioners of Santería, an Afro-Cuban religious-cultural practice, in New York’s metropolitan area. Using traditional ethnographic and interview methods, selected media coverage, experimental qualitative methods, and Santería literatures, the dissertation challenges the relationship between “gender” and “sexuality” as either interrelated categories in the social sciences, or as ontologically distinctive.
Jordan Schildcrout: Awarded the 2005 Monette-Horwitz prize for his dissertation, This Thing of Darkness: Reclaiming the Queer Killer in Contemporary Drama. Schildcrout completed his Ph.D. in Theatre at The Graduate Center, CUNY in May 2005. His dissertation analyzes “the queer killer” as a frequently recurring character type in dramatic narratives. The study examines the homophobic paradigm that imagines sexual nonconformity as criminal, destructive, and evil, but also aims to deepen and enrich our understanding of plays featuring queer killers by interpreting them as complex works of imagination that trade on metaphor and fantasy to entertain, provoke emotion and thought, and illuminate queer experience.
Terence Kissack: Awarded the Monette-Horwitz Prize for his dissertation, “Anarchism and the Politics of Homosexuality.” Kissack defended the dissertation at The Graduate Center, CUNY in the Fall of 2003 and is currently revising the manuscript for publication. His work has appeared in the Radical History Review, the Journal of the History of Sexuality, and the Journal of the Gilded Age and Progressive Era. He is currently serving as executive director of the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender Historical Society (http://www.glbthistory.org).
Sean Massey: (Honorable Mention): Sean Massey received an honorable mention for his dissertation in psychology, completed at The Graduate Center, CUNY, “Polymorphous Prejudice: Liberating the Measurement of Heterosexuals’ Attitudes Toward Lesbians and Gay Men.”.
Patty Kelly: Patty Kelly was awarded the 2003 Monette-Horwitz Prize for her dissertation, “Sex Work in the ‘Other’ Chiapas: Prostitution, Morality, and Modernity in Urban Mexico.” Kelly received her Ph.D. in anthropology in October 2002 from the Graduate Center of the City University of New York, currently holds a post-doctoral fellowship at Baruch College, CUNY, and just published a chapter called, “I Made Myself from Nothing: Women and Sex Work in Urban Chiapas” in Women of Chiapas: Making History in Times of Struggle and Hope (Christine Eber and Christine Kovic eds. Routledge 2003). Based upon twelve months of ethnographic and archival research, Kelly’s work examines legalized prostitution in Tuxtla Gutiérrez, Chiapas, in order to analyze both the relationship between neoliberalism, urbanization, and culture, and how cultural beliefs surrounding gender, sexuality, and morality are constructed, experienced, and contested in contemporary Mexico.
Bruce Kirle: Bruce Kirle for “Cultural Collaborations: Re-Historicizing the American Musical.” Kirle argues that musical theater texts are not fixed by authorial intent or by the authenticity of an original production, but can be read in relation to their cultural moments. To explore this phenomenon, he focuses on three successful Broadway musicals that featured queer characters and opened in the season following the Stonewall riots: Company, Coco, and Applause.
Trans Bodies, Trans Selves:
Trans Bodies, Trans Selves is a resource guide written by and for transgender and gender nonconforming people about all aspects of life, including health, legal issues, relationships, sexuality, history, and activism. It is packed with great information, as well as individual stories and photos that highlight real lives. It is a must-read for parents, friends, partners, teachers, therapists, and other health providers. (Edited by Laura Erickson-Schroth, Oxford University Press, 2014).
Che Gossett: We Will Not Rest in Peace: AIDS Activism, Black Radicalism, Queer and/or Trans resistance Che Gossett is a genderqueer writer and activist who works to excavate queer of color AIDS activist and trans archives. They have received a research grant from the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University for their project on legacies of Black queer solidarity with Palestinian struggle, have been selected as a Martin Duberman visiting scholar with the New York Public Library and have published work in Captive Genders: Trans Embodiment and the Prison Industrial Complex and volume two of theTransgender Studies Reader.
Samuel Ng: Trans Power!: Sylvia Lee Rivera’s STAR and the Black Panther Party Samuel Ng is a fourth-year doctoral candidate in the American Studies program at NYU, working with advisor Nikhil Pal Singh. He graduated from Yale University in 2009 with a BA in American Studies. Before coming to NYU, he worked as an intern in the National Museum of American History and as a teaching fellow in the history department at Phillips Andover. His research interests include black intellectual history in the 20th century, civil rights movements, nationalism and empire, and gender and sexuality studies. He is currently at work on a dissertation that charts the emergence and development of mourning and lingering in despair as a viable mode of black political protest and organizing in the United States during the first half of the twentieth century.
Amanda Lock Swarr: Sex in Transition: Remaking Gender and Race in South Africa Amanda Lock Swarr is Associate Professor of Gender, Women and Sexuality Studies at the University of Washington. Prior to joining the UW faculty in 2005, she was Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow at Barnard College of Columbia University. She holds a Ph.D. in Feminist Studies and a M.A. in Anthropology from the University of Minnesota and a B.A. in Women’s Studies from Bucknell University. Swarr’s research explores queer and trans* concerns, medical inequalities, gendered violence, and transnational feminist politics and has appeared in journals including SIGNS: Journal of Women in Culture and Society and Feminist Studies. She is the author of Sex in Transition: Remaking Gender and Race in South Africa (2012) and co-edited the anthology Critical Transnational Feminist Praxis (2010) with Richa Nagar. Since 1997, Swarr has worked with South African activists to address transgender politics, gendered medical abuse and experimentation, HIV/AIDS treatment access, and sexual violence targeting lesbians and trans* people.
Planned Parenthood of the Southern Finger Lakes, Inc.: Awarded the 2006 Silvia Rivera Award in Transgender Studies for the pamphlet “Providing Transgender-Inclusive Healthcare Services.” The publication is directed toward healthcare providers and offers information on the barriers transgender clients face in seeking healthcare, guidance on creating a more inclusive health center, a glossary of terminology related to gender and sexuality, as well as historical information and a guide to more resources. The pamphlet is an internal publication of Planned Parenthood and was distributed electronically and free of charge to Planned Parenthood centers around the country.
Sally Hines: A Research Fellow in the School of Sociology and Social Policy at the University of Leeds, UK. She has published a number of journal articles and book chapters on transgender practices of identity and intimacy, and is currently revising her thesis for the publication of a research monograph, which is entitled ‘(Trans)Forming Gender: Transgender Practices of Identity, Intimacy and Care‘. She was awarded the Sylvia Rivera award for her article ‘ “I am a Feminist but…”: Transgender Men, Women and Feminism’, which was published in Reger, J. (ed.) (2005) Different Wavelengths: Studies of the Contemporary Women’s Movement, New York and London: Routledge. It examines the relationship between gender diversity and feminist theory and activism, and argues for stronger links between feminism and transgender.
Benigno Sifuentes-Juáregui: For Transvestism, Masculinity, and Latin American Literature: Genders Share Flesh. Sifuentes-Juáregui describes his recent Palgrave publication as “a detailed analysis of the relation among transvestism, male homosexuality, and gender figurations in contemporary Latin American cultural, social, and literary texts.”
Andrés Castro Samayoa: Understanding Social Identities’ Histories in Educational Data Collection Instruments in Contemporary United States This project explores the social histories of survey instruments utilized to amass large-scale educational research data. Drawing from sociology of knowledge, bibliometrics, and history of science, my project connects the contemporary interest in big data with the various constructions of demographic information, such as racial, ethnic, gender, and sexual categories.
Mab Segrest: For her project ST EOM, Jayne County, and the Georgia-to-NYC Rural Queer Avant-Garde. Mab Segrest is Professor Emeriti of Gender and Women’s Studies at Connecticut College. Segrest has worked for thirty-five years as a teacher, writer and activist in a range of movements on queer issues, anti-racism, and social and economic justice. “Memoir of a Race Traitor” (South End Press, 1994) was Editor’s Choice in the Lambda Literary Awards, was named an Outstanding Book on Human Rights in North America by the Gustavus Myers Center on Human Rights, and was nominated for Non-Fiction Book of the year by the Southern Regional Council. She is currently living in Brooklyn and working on two books of social history on Georgia’s state mental hospital at Milledgeville, the largest such institution in the world during the 1940s and 1950s as culmination of her work on identity, culture and power in the U.S. South.
Clare Hemmings: Senior Lecturer in Gender Theory at the London School of Economics and Political Science in the UK. Her project, “Bisexuality, Transnational Sexuality Studies and Western Colonial Legacies,” explores the work that bisexuality does within the expanding field of transnational sexuality studies. Clare asks why it is that bisexuality matters in relation to dilemmas within the field, particularly those concerning naming of sexual practices outside of contexts where sexual identity categories are readily available. Her focus is thus not on what bisexuality is, or which practices, where, might nestle under the term, but on what the absence or presence of bisexuality means for theorists of transnational sexuality. The work so far has highlighted ways in which citation of bisexuality locks transnational queer studies into a developmental paradigm it might otherwise wish to challenge.
Susan Stryker: Beginning research for a biographical film about Christine Jorgensen, the working title of which is “Christine in the Cutting Room.” It focuses on Jorgensen’s career as a photographer and film maker.
Kathryn Conrad (Honorable Mention): Received the Duberman honorable mention for “Space for Change: Sex, Knowledge, and the Politics of Public Space,” a book-length project on visibility, sexuality, and political epistemology in Northern Ireland.
E. Patrick Johnson: Associate Professor of Performance Studies and African American Studies and Director of Graduate Studies at Northwestern University. His research project, Sweet Tea: An Oral History of Black Gay Men of the South, examines the oral histories of black gay men who were born, raised, and continue to reside in the South. Gathering oral histories from black gay men between the ages of 19 and 93 from states that were a part of the confederacy, Johnson tries to fill a void in the historical accounts of racialized sexual minorities in the South. Ultimately, Johnson hopes that this project will complicate gay histories that suggest that gay subcultures flourished mostly in northern, urban, industrial cities, by theorizing the South as a “vital” subculture and reconsidering this region as “backward” and “repressive” when clearly gay community building and desire emerge simultaneously from within and against southern culture.
Jim Hubbard (Honorable Mention): Received a Duberman Award honorable mention for the “ACT UP Oral History Project,” an archive of interviews with ACT UP organizers. Interview transcripts and video clips of the project can be seen at http://www.actuporalhistory.org
Ellen Lewin (Honorable Mention): Professor in the Departments of Women’s Studies and Anthropology at the University of Iowa. Her research examines the experience of gay men who are or seek to become fathers by investigating the moral and cultural claims that actual or potential parenthood allows them to make. Her research questions the assumptions about the centrality of motherhood in shaping gender, the position of fathers within families, and the designations of appropriate maternal and paternal spheres. Lewin conducts most of her research in the Chicago area.
Laurence Senelick (Honorable Mention): Fletcher Professor of Drama at Tufts University and has published widely on gender, performance, and the arts. He has published The Changing Room: Sex, Drag and Theatre, which received the George Freedley Award’s Honorable Mention for best theatre book of 2000 from the Theatre Library Association and the George Jean Nathan Award for Dramatic Criticism. He is currently conducting research for his next book, Picturing Perverts: Popular Imagery of Sexual Deviates, which will trace the evolution of popular imagery of what is now referred to as the gay man and the lesbian woman from the Reformation to the Second World War.
Kathy Conrad (Honorable Mention): Assistant Professor of English at the University of Kansas and teaches courses ranging from Irish culture and literature to women’s autobiography. She is currently completing a book manuscript, Locked in the Family Cell: Gender, Sexuality, and Political Agency in Irish Discourses of the Nation, which looks at the relationship among gender, sexuality, and nation, and, in particular, the ways in which narratives shape political rhetoric and political agency. She has previously received the Dermot McGlinchey Award for her work in Irish Studies and has recently lectured on lesbianism in Irish feminist writing, on sodomy and sovereignty in the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland, and on the Irish Lesbian and Gay Organization.
James Green: Green is examining the interaction of Brazilian social and cultural norms with the lesbian and gay movement, including the significant interchange between lesbians and gay men, and currently works in Latin American history at California State University, Long Beach.
Michael Bronski: Bronski’s work explores shifts in conceptualizing outsider status and citizenship that occurred during the 1950s as the restrictions of overt (although not covert) discrimination changed for American Jews, and a more vocal and visible “minority” of homosexuals emerged into mainstream consciousness.
Marcia M. Gallo: A lesbian social justice activist who has taught the history of sexuality, U.S. and New York history, and American Studies at Lehman College for the last three years. She is the author of Different Daughters: A History of the Daughters of Bilitis and the Rise of the Lesbian Rights Movement (Carroll & Graf, 2006), the first and only full-length work to explore the pioneering American women’s organization. It won the 2006 Lambda Literary Foundation Award for LGBT Nonfiction and was a finalist for the 2006 Publishing Triangle Judy Grahn Award. Different Daughters also was named one of the best books of 2006 by the San Francisco Chronicle. Gallo has researched and written about Cold War women’s history, focusing on the ways in which women of color, working and poor women, and sexually nonconforming women organized for civil and human rights in the U.S. and internationally. She is now working on a book about Catherine “Kitty” Genovese, who was murdered in Queens, New York in 1964 and became an international symbol of urban apathy and the failure of community.
Dwight McBride: An Associate Professor of English and African American Studies, and Chair of African American Studies at Northwestern University. He has published widely in the areas of literature, race theory and black cultural studies. He is the editor of James Baldwin Now (NYU Press, 1999) and co-editor of Black Like Us: A Century of Lesbian, Gay, and Bisexual African American Fiction (Cleis Press, 2002). His latest work, Why I Hate Abercrombie and Fitch: Essays on Race and Sexuality in the U.S., is forthcoming from NYU Press in 2004.
Siobhan Somerville: Associate Professor of English and Women’s Studies at the University of Illinois (Urbana-Champaign), and is the author of Queering the Color Line: Race and the Invention of Homosexuality in American Culture (Duke UP, 2000). She has edited “Queer Fictions of Race,” a special issue of Modern Fiction Studies (2002); and (with Judith Roof), “Recent Lesbian Theory,” a special issue of Concerns. Her work has also appeared journals such as American Literature and the Journal of the History of Sexuality. Her current work explores questions of citizenship, sexuality, and race in American law, fiction, and film in the U.S. from 1940-1968.
Robert McRuer: Assistant Professor of English at George Washington University. He published The Queer Renaissance: Contemporary American Literature and the Reinvention of Lesbian and Gay Identities in 1997 and has edited the forthcoming Desiring Disability, a special issue of GLQ that looks at queer theory and disability studies. He attended the National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Institute on Disability Studies and is currently working on a book project tentatively titled De-Composing Bodies: Cultural Signs of Queerness and Disability.
Molly McGarry: A lecturer in the department of History at Bryn Mawr College. In 1994, she was co-curator of the New York Public Library’s groundbreaking exhibition, Becoming Visible: The Legacy of Stonewall and co-authored the follow-up publication entitled Becoming Visible: An Illustrated History of Lesbian and Gay Life in Twentieth Century America (Viking/Penguin, 1998). Her dissertation, “Haunting Reason: Spiritualism and the Cultural Politics of Nineteenth-Century America,” was nominated for an Allan Nevins Award for best dissertation in American History by the Society of American Historians and was awarded NYU’s Graduate School of Arts and Sciences Dean’s Dissertation Award.
Juan Carlos Zaldivar: ALTERATIONS follows J, a young trans person, as she sets out to reconnect with her estranged mother for the first time as a woman. Months prior, when Jesus told his bi-polar mother, Mary Jane, that he was going to transition into a woman, his mother had a heart attack. When Mary Jane came to, she did not remember her identity and now believes that she is someone else. ALTERATIONS chronicles a magical weekend escapade where the two women meet as their new selves. When they challenge each other to face their worst fears, a new friendship blossoms that is independent from their blood ties. ALTERATIONS will use special technology, which allows for the video to contain ‘hot spots’ when viewed on the Web. Users will be able to mouse-over the video as it plays on the Web to discover and access other elements of the story as well as additional, related experiences.
Ka-Man Tse: For her project, Portraits and Narratives of LGBTQ Asians and Asian-Americans in the U.S. and Hong Kong. Ka-Man Tse is a New York based photographer and video artist. She received an MFA from Yale University in 2009, and a BA from Bard College in 2003. She has exhibited at the Museum of Chinese in America in New York, NY, the Bronx Museum of the Arts, Cornell University, Capricious, the Philadelphia Photo Arts Center, Gallery 339 in Philadelphia, and the Eighth Veil in Los Angeles. She was a SPARC Artist-in-Residence through the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, and completed the Artist in the Marketplace program through the Bronx Museum of Arts. This summer her work will be featured in two shows, at the Philadelphia Photo Arts Center, and in Our Portraits, Our Families at the Museum of the Chinese of America, a group photography exhibition featuring portraits of Asian and Pacific Islander (API) Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer (LGBTQ) individuals and their families. She teaches at Yale University School of Art and at Cooper Union. To see more of Ka-Man’s work, check our her website here:www.tsewhat.com
Carmen Oquendo-Villar: For her film, Diana de Santa-Fe. Carmen Oquendo-Villar ‘s films explore gender issues in Latin America and within Latin@ communities in the United States. She’s trained in documentary filmmaking (Harvard University) and narrative fiction (NYU’s Graduate Film Program). Her films include: Boquita (2005), Mizery (2006), The Needle (2012), Camil (2013), Carmelo (in post-production) and Santa Fe (in development). Her work has been supported by foundations like the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation, Rockefeller Brothers Fund, David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies, Jacob Javits Fellowship, Fulbright, WGBH, NALIP (National Association of Latino Independent Producers) , and most recently, by the Robert Giard Foundation. Oquendo-Villar holds a Ph.D. in literature from Harvard University.
Cary Cronenwett: Go with Flo is a personal essay film that describes my relationship with a close friend and creative partner, Flo McGarrell, and revolves around a dream McGarrell had, which caused him to have a realization of his transgender identity and ultimately brought us together. The film is a non-traditional love story that spans the time from when I first met Flo in 2004 to his memorial service in 2010. I am recreating the story from memory with the intent of creating an archival document that solidifies our relationship. The first person narration will be punctuated by dates, which suggest that parts of the text are excerpts from diary entries. Archival footage from a variety of sources piece together a document of visual evidence of our work as individuals and as creative partners. Go with Flo will stand on its own as a short work (with a run time of 20 minutes), and will eventually be screened as a companion piece to Kathy Goes to Haiti, which is a documentary/ fiction hybrid that revolves around the incomplete narrative (based on the 1978 novel, Kathy Goes to Haiti, by Kathy Acker) McGarrell and I were co-directing together at the time of his death. This short, experimental narrative film was intended to be part of a longer work based on Acker’s complete novel, which was scheduled for completion in summer of 2011, but less than three weeks after wrapping production on the short, McGarrell died in the earthquake that struck Haiti in January 2010. Go with Flo investigates McGarrell’s impact on the lives of artists, particularly queer artists, at FOSAJ art center in Jacmel. A context for interpreting McGarrell’s contributions to the queer community in Jacmel will be created through lesbian, gay, and transgender Haitians discussing life for queer people in Haiti. Cary Treadwell Cronenwett received the Bay Area Guardian Goldie Award for Local Discovery after the release of his 2009 film, Maggots and Men (55min). His first short film, Phineas Slipped (2002) played extensively in the international LGBT film festival circuit. Currently, based in Los Angeles, he is pursuing an MFA in the Film/Video program at CalArts, but is on exchange at Universtät der Kunst in Berlin. He is in post-production on a documentary/ fiction hybrid set in Haiti, which is loosely based on the novel, Kathy Goes to Haiti, by Kathy Acker.
Yoruba Richen: The New Black, a 30-minute documentary about American Black Christian churches and the gay rights movement, will air on PBS in 2014. After receiving the Robert Giard Fellowship, Yoruba Richen was awarded support from the Ford Foundation, Jerome Foundation, the Sundance Documentary Fund, the 2012 Creative Promise Award at the Tribeca Film Festival, and a Guggenheim Fellowship. For more information, please click here.
Molly Landreth & Amelia Tovey: Embodiment: A Portrait of Queer Life In America
Sonali Gulati: For her project, “Out & About,” a short personal documentary film recounting her travels in India where she presents a portrait of four families dealing with LGBTQ identified children. Sonali Gulati is an Assistant Professor at Virginia Commonwealth University’s Department of Photography & Film. She has an MFA in Film & Media Arts from Temple University and a BA in Critical Social Thought from Mount Holyoke College. Gulati has made several short films that have screened at over two hundred film festivals worldwide. She has won awards, grants and fellowships from the Third Wave Foundation, World Studio Foundation, the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, and the Theresa Pollak Award for Excellence in the Arts, amongst several others. Her upcoming documentary project Out & About is a noteworthy film on parents of LGBT youth in India for which Gulati was awarded the Robert Giard Fellowship.
Angela Jimenez (Finalist): (Finalist.) A freelance photo documentarian/journalist based in Brooklyn where she is a regular contributor to the New York times, a contract photographer at Getty Images and does a personal project work, with a special emphasis on gender and sexuality. She has a BA in English Literature/American History from the University of Pennsylvania and an MA in Photojournalism from the University of Missouri-Columbia. She is currently completing a documentary photography book on Michigan Womyn’s Music Festival. You can find her work online at www.angelajimenezphotography.com. Her project, Womyn’s Land is an ongoing documentary project about the historic network of feminist-separatist (mostly lesbian) intentional communities in North America. The womyn’s land movement was the radical feminist branch of the back-to-land movement of the 1970s. Angela is documenting the contemporary state of this movement, in the form of photographs and documentary sound. A portion of this work was published in February 2009 in this article “My Sister’s Keeper,” which ran in the Sunday Styles section in The New York Times.
Madeleine Olnek (Finalist): A playwright, director and filmmaker working in comedy. Her first movie “Hold Up” was an official selection of the Sundance Film Festival and won the Newfest audience award for best short. Her second movie, “Make Room for Phyllis,” a comedy about polyamory, played at festivals throughout the US and Europe; and her third movie, “Countertransference” was an official selection of Sundance 2009, as well as winning the Outfest Grand Jury Prize for Outstanding Dramatic short. More info about her projects is available at www.countertransferencethemovie.com. Her project, Neurosis is a Pre-Emptive Behavior is part of an ongoing project; a series of shorts that look at lesbians and gays in therapy.
Shattering the lens: what we assume to be heterosexual Black men’s perceptions of Black MSM, and how they really see them
Levi Bain is a junior at CUNY: John Jay College of Criminal Justice, where he double-majors in Law & Society and Culture & Deviance Studies. His burgeoning interest in the social sciences has led him to produce two ethnographic research reports. He’s currently assisting two John Jay College professors with their own scholarly work and interns at the Kings County District Attorney’s Office. Upon graduating from college, he intends to pursue a J.D./Ph.D. in Anthropology.
Liron Cohen: The Death of a Lesbian – Death in Lesbian Theatre Liron Cohen is an undergraduate CUNY BA student at Hunter College. Her unique degree is in Journalism / US Media and Culture. She is also the college newspaper’s theatre critic. Liron started her academic career as an international student from Israel. She has since then married her partner of four years and is now a happy equal resident of the US, thanks to the Supreme Court’s overturning of the so-called Defense of Marriage Act.
Scholar in Residence Program
The CLAGS Residency Fellowship Program assists scholars and professionals whose research on the LGBTQ experience can benefit from access to CLAGS’s resources and its location in midtown Manhattan at the Graduate Center, City University of New York.
The Scholars-in-Residence Program is designed to (1) encourage research and writing on the history, literature and culture of the of the LGBTQ community or other dynamic projects relating to the LGBTQ experience, broadly conceived; (2) to promote and facilitate interaction among the participants including fellows funded by other sources; (3) to facilitate the dissemination of the researcher’s findings through lectures via CLAGS’s ongoing Events Series. Applicants must indicate in their proposal how these resources will specifically benefit their project.
The Fellowship Program is open to all disciplines with projects that are related to LGBTQ studies. Creative writing (works of poetry and fiction) and projects that result in a performance are not eligible. Applicants finishing dissertation topics are welcome to apply.
The CLAGS Scholar-in-Residence will be allowed to spend up to six months in residence. Beyond a CLAGS affiliation, Fellows will receive office space, access to libraries and electronic databases, as well as opportunities to meet and work with leading LGBTQ scholars in New York City. No monetary stipend is available to fellows.
Member of the CLAGS Fellowship committee will review applications for the Scholars-in-Residence program. This committee may be composed of scholars in the humanities and the social sciences as well as LGBTQ activists and community leaders. Fellows will be selected on the basis of the following criteria:
- Relationship of the project to the resources of CLAGS
- Qualifications of the applicant
- Quality and feasibility of the project plan
- Importance of the proposed project to the applicant’s field and how it relates to LGBTQ Studies
- Likelihood that the project will be completed successfully
- The provisions for making the results of the project available to scholars and to the public at large
A complete application must include:
- Cover Letter including name, contact information (mailing address, email, phone), the title of your proposed study, the names of your recommenders, and the fellowship you are applying for.
- A 1500 word description of the proposed study*
- Curriculum vitae
- Two letters of reference
*Description of Study
In no more than 1500 words the applicant should provide a detailed description of the proposed study, including but by no means restricted to the following elements:
- A statement of the topic under consideration with specific reference to the major questions, problems, and theses being investigated.
- An outline of the plan for carrying out the study or project.
Applications should be sent as a single PDF to the CLAGS Fellowship Committee at email@example.com. Recommendation letters must be sent directly from recommendors to firstname.lastname@example.org
Deadlines and Notification
CLAGS Scholar in Residence Fellowships are offered annually with up to two awarded each calendar year. Applications should be submitted no later than July 1st for a September start date and November 1st for a January start date.
All questions and inquiries should be directed to: email@example.com.