Fellowship Winners 2010

The Martin Duberman Fellowship
An endowed fellowship named for CLAGS founder and first executive director, this award is given to a senior scholar from any country doing research on the LGBTQ experience. The 2010 Duberman fellowship was awarded to Ellen Lewin for “Out in Spirit: An Ethnography of an LGBT African American Pentecostal Church.” This project is a study of the Fellowship, a coalition of about 100 churches and ministries that serves a predominantly African American LGBT population across the US. Lewin is Professor of Gender, Women’s and Sexuality Studies and Anthropology at the University of Iowa, and is a member of the Feminist Anthropology faculty in the Department of Anthropology.

The Robert Giard Fellowship
An annual award named for Robert Giard, a portrait, landscape, and figure photographer whose work often focused on LGBTQ lives and issues. This award is presented to an emerging, early or mid-career artist from any country working in photography, photo-based media, video, or moving image, including short-form film or video of no more than 30 minutes in length. This award will support a directed project, one that is new or continuing, that addresses issues of sexuality, gender, or LGBTQ identity.

The 2010 Giard Fellowship was awarded to Embodiment: A Portrait of Queer Life in America, the first evercomprehensive photographic and video based survey to approach the GLBTQ community in America as a whole. The project seeks to profile individuals from urban and rural areas and highlight a national experience in its many diverse, overlapping and even conflicting parts. As an exploration of the multi faceted communities, cultures, labels, cliques and stereotypes that define us, Embodiment takes the viewer on a journey through a rapidly changing community and the lives of people who offer brave new visions of what it means to be “queer” in America today. The artists behind Embodiment are Molly Landreth, an American photographer and producer who explores ideas of gender, community and subculture through intimate largeformat photography and multi-media collaboration; and Amelia Tovey, an Australian filmmaker and digital media artist with a focus on documentary realism, social commentary and live musical performance.

Joan Heller-Diane Bernard Fellowship
This fellowship supports research by two junior scholars (graduate student, untenured university professor or independent researcher) and a senior scholar (tenured university professor or advanced independent scholar) into the impact of lesbians and/or gay men on U.S. society and culture. The winner of the 2010 Heller-Bernard Fellowship for a senior scholar is Kelly Cogswell. Her project, “The Art of Being a Lesbian Avenger,” will document this largely ignored activist group, digitizing and cataloguing ephemera, and interviewing former members to illuminate the steps they used to shape actions, attract media, and build a nationwide movement focused on lesbian visibility and survival.

The Heller-Bernard Fellowship for junior scholars was awarded to Julio Capo for “From Subculture to Mainstream: The Transformation of Miami’s Queer Urban Space, 1940 – 1980,” which will investigate Miami’s queer urban space. The 2nd junior scholar is Ian Lekus for “Queer and Present Dangers: Masculinity, Sexual Revolutions, and the Sixties.” In this book, Lekus re-interprets the history of the U.S. New Left through the lens of queer history, and in doing so, grounds the emergence of the gay liberation and lesbian-feminist movements in the progressive organizing of the Sixties.