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Special Topics in Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Studies: Sex and the City

This seminar takes an interdisciplinary approach to the study of race, sexuality, and gender in the 20th century U.S. city. Although focused on lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) communities, the class adopts an expansive understanding of marginalized genders and sexualities to include a range of identities and experiences outside of dominant racialized concepts of heterosexuality. Possible topics include queer theories about visibility and identity; histories of Progressive-era urban reforms, the Great Migration, and pre-Stonewall sexual minority communities; debates about the Moynihan Report and “culture of poverty” theories; historical and contemporary LGBT and queer social movements; public sex, gentrification, street safety, and the politics of violence; and everyday nightlife, performance, and cultural production. The class will also cover key methods in LGBT and queer studies (historical, ethnographic, and discourse analysis); site visits to LGBT/queer archives and historic locations; and discussions of different pedagogical practices common in LGBT/queer studies classrooms.

Seminar Schedule. Seminars run Monday to Friday from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., with a midday communal lunch. Seminar conveners may adjust the class schedule in response to participant needs. Special events may also be held during the week. Participants are required to attend the full week of seminar meetings and maintain 90% attendance overall.

Seminar Materials. Eligible participants are provided with all required seminar materials (books, articles, laboratory equipment, and entrance fees).

Accommodations & Meals. Limited housing accommodations are provided to participants who live more than 50 miles from the program site. All admitted participants are provided with some meals during the program period.

Application Procedure. Applicants should submit the completed application along with all of the following:

  • A statement of intent that indicates how the seminar participant will apply what is learned at the home institution
  • A current CV
  • A letter of support from either the division dean or department head, who is well-acquainted with the applicant’s area of research
  • Their institutional liaison officer’s approval

Please note that applicants may apply to either the week-long Network Summer series or one of the summer visiting scholar programs.