iLGBT - $12,000 Awarded to Seed Grant Recipients

Thursday, January 12, 2017

The University of Arizona's Institute for LGBT Studies and Confluencenter for Creative Inquiry partnered through their shared mission as university-wide research institutes committed to innovative inquiry across disciplines to support 4 seed grants of $3000 for LGBTQ research.

Congratulations to:

 “Queer Intimacies: Networking Among Queer Migration Academics, Activists, and Artists.”

Professor Eithne Luibhéid, Professor, Gender and Women’s Studies, UA (Project PI)

Professor Karma Chávez, Associate Professor, Mexican American Studies, UT Austin

Professor Leila Hudson, Associate Professor, Middle Eastern and North African Studies, UA

Ruben Zecena, Ph.D. Student, Gender and Women’s Studies, UA

We are applying for a collaboration grant that will enable us to seek external funding for a conference that brings together academics, activists, and artists who explore struggles facing LGBTQ immigrants and refugees (queer migrants). Drawing on our group members’ expertise, the conference will center on queer migrants in the United States, estimated at 1 million, while making connections with queer migrant struggles in the Middle East, Mexico, Central America, and Europe, too.

“Exploring Archival Bodies: Community Evidences of Becoming.”

Professor Jamie A. Lee, Assistant Professor of Digital Culture, Information, and Society, School of Information (Project PI)

Professor Anita Huizar-Hernández, Assistant Professor of Border Studies, Department of Spanish and Portuguese.

Professor Diana Daly, Assistant Professor, School of Information

Professor Francisco Galarte, Assistant Professor, Department of Gender & Women’s Studies

Harrison Apple, Graduate Student, Gender and Women’s Studies

Xochilt Montaño, Graduate Student, Department of Spanish and Portuguese

Paloma Phelps, Graduate Student, School of Information

Lizzy Bentley, Graduate Student, RCTE in Department of English

This grant will fund a reading/thinking/writing group for cross-disciplinary faculty and graduate students to prepare the early stages of an NEH public digital humanities project grant. Drawing from our own diverse fields of interest - archival theory and practice, queer and trans theories, Chicanx studies, embodiment, performance, disability studies, and migration – we will discuss how archives and bodies produce (and perhaps limit and delimit) one another through their ongoing development.

“Queer Language(s) Across Borders”

Professor Denis M. Provencher, Professor and Head, Department of French and Italian (Project PI)

Professor Fabian Alfie, Professor, Department of French and Italian

Professor David Gramling, Assistant Professor, Department of German Studies

Emrah Karakuş, Doctoral Candidate, Department of Gender and Women’s Studies

Juan Ochoa, Doctoral Candidate, Department of Gender and Women’s Studies

Professor Max Strassfield, Assistant Professor, Department of Religious Studies and Classics.

This grant will fund a reading and writing group focused on temporal and spatial borders that inform the study of language and sexuality. As a result of our discussions and independent work over this spring semester, we will compose a one-day conference featuring our writing, as well as compile and edit issue of Language and Sexuality (John Benjamins Publishing) and provide a foundation for faculty to apply for an external collaborative grant through the NEH to develop curriculum on language, sexuality, and human rights, including the topic “Queer Languages and Combatting Hate Speech Across Borders.”

“Transforming Schools for Queer and Trans* Students through Teacher Education and School Leadership Development.”

Professor Carol Brochin, Assistant Professor, Graduate Program in Learning, Reading, and Culture (LRC), Department of Teaching Learning, and Sociocultural Studies (Project PI).

Professor Violeta Dominguez, Graduate Student, College of Public Health; Research Scientist, Community Research, Evaluation and Development at the Norton School of Family and Consumer Sciences.

Professor Kristen Gunckel, Associate Professor, Graduate Program in Teaching and Teacher Education, Department of Teaching, Learning, and Sociocultural Studies.

Professor Kevin Lawrence Henry, Assistant Professor, Department of Educational Policy Studies and Practice.

Angelica Serrano, Graduate Student, Learning, Reading, and Culture, and Elementary School Teacher, TUSD.

Professor Michele Walsh, Associate Specialist, Evaluation and Associate Professor, Norton School of Family and Consumer Sciences.

This grant will fund a reading and discussion group focused on policy efforts to make PK-16 education more equitable for LGBTQ students, teachers, and families. Throughout the spring semester we will conduct a study of local, state, district, and school policies relevant to LGBTQ students, parents and teachers, prepare teachers and school leaders to be advocates and allies in schools, and build connections with pre-existing advocacy effort. This group work will become the basis on which to develop a proposal for significant external funding at the federal level to support large impact policy work across PK-16 education.