Research Clusters 2012-13

The Institute for LGBT Studies funds curriculum development projects, interdisciplinary research clusters, and interdisciplinary reading groups that bring together faculty, students, and community members across disciplinary boundaries to investigate common questions and concerns. Four projects have been funded for the 2012-2013 academic year.

FSHD Course: Sexual Identity Over the Lifespan

Description: We propose to develop a new online course for senior undergraduate and graduate students in the study of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) identities through the Division of Family Studies and Human Development (FSHD). FSHD attracts undergraduates who are interested in working in social service areas to improve the functioning of individuals and families. This course will focus on intercultural competence training for these students, encouraging them to understand how issues related to sexual orientation may affect sexual minority clients and how they can intervene in appropriate and sensitive ways to affect positive change in the lives of LGBT clients. Drs. Russell and Sinclair would develop the course this summer to be taught in the winter or spring semester, initially by Dr. Sinclair, as the online course materials will be adapted and updated from materials she used to teach a classroom-based course for several years at Penn State. In this proposal, we give an overview of the proposed course, a proposed timeline for course development, an analysis of the sustainability of the proposed course, and a proposed budget. 

Organized by Stephen T. Russell, Ph.D., Professor, Family Studies and Human Development, Fitch Nesbitt Endowed Chair and Director of the McClelland Institute for Children, Youth, and Families and Katerina O. Sinclair, Ph.D., M.A.S., Project Director, McClelland Institute for Children, Youth, and Families.

“‘My’ Treatment: Empowerment for Adolescents on the Move (iTEAM)”

Description: This research cluster will analyze, interpret, and disseminate findings with regard to data collected from the iTEAM project, use this information to illuminate critical research questions and accelerate a research agenda with regard to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and questioning adolescents and young adults, and develop and distribute a research brief with regard to the system of care with regard to this population.

Organized by Sally Stevens, Ph.D. Executive Director of the Southwest Institute for Research on Women and Professor in Gender and Women's Studies, with iTEAM Participants and Peer Working Group, Wingspan; Stephen Trujillo, BA; Stephen Russell, Ph.D.; Kat Sinclair, Ph.D.; Erin Durban-Albrecht, MA.; Khara Ellasante, BA; Claudia Powell, M.Ed.; and Rosi Andrade, Ph.D. This group welcomes additional members!

“Queering Economic Development”

Description: This group will read and collectively discuss three inter-related areas of scholarship. First, new scholarly works that seek to “queer” economic development in two senses: by questioning the heteronormative logics and practices that underpin mainstream models of economic progress, and exploring histories of queer efforts to disrupt these logics. Second, work that critically considers the uses and limitations of mobilizing the concept of “queer” to study histories, lives and experiences in regions outside of the United States and Europe; selected works will assist us in that exploration. Third, since “development” works through and continually reproduces normative spatial logics including public/private, developed/underdeveloped, and so on, works from queer geography that challenge and complicate these spatialities, which support normative models of economic development.

Organized by Eithne Luibheid, Ph.D., Department of Gender and Women's Studies;  with members: Sapana Doshi, Ph.D.; Hai Ren, Ph.D.; and Susan Shaw, Ph.D.

“Gender and Sexual Diversity in the French Novel of the 1980s and 1990s”

This seminar introduces and focuses on novelists and scholars who have analyzed the creation of new forms of possible character development for male and female gender roles and identities. These authors reconsider views on gender performativity and gender norms as well as the incest taboo, social violence, and social transformation. 

Organizer: Dr. Alain-Philippe Durand

Community Organizing Project 

Description: This research cluster joins scholars, educators, and community organizers/activists together who are based in Tucson, Arizona. The cluster aims to build connections and coalitions among social movement participants, and to provide political education workshops and community events. In the coming year, we plan to build and enhance a network of activists, students, and educators in Tucson dedicated to local projects oriented towards social justice; to enhance the skills and communication between Tucson-based groups already working on anti-racist, feminist, and queer models for community education and organizing; and to make such projects more powerful, visible and accessible to broader communities.

Organizers and their affiliations include Raúl Alcaraz Ochoa, Corazón de Tucson and Rainbow Defense Fund; Morcan Apicella, UA Geography; Geoffrey Boyce, UA Geography; Adrián Flores, UA Gender and Women’s Studies (GWS) and Queer Conversations of Color (QC2); Mari Galup, GWS and Fortín de las Flores Comité del Barrio/Barrio Defense Committee; Samantha Hamilton, Tucson Childcare Collective; Luis Herrera, Brown Boi Project, Tucson Childcare Collective, and Tucson Food Bank; Erik Hollis, UA GWS, UA Media/Film Studies, and QC2; Brooke Lober, UA GWS and Tucson Childcare Collective; Stephanie Murphy, UA GWS; Pricila Rodriguez, UA Anthropology, UA GWS, and QC2; and Jimmy Wells, Tucson Childcare Collective.