Gale and the LQBT History Committee Announce Fellowships to Support Emerging LGBTQ+ Research

Gale and CLGBTH would like to congratulate the following applicants who have been awarded the scholarships for the 2022 academic year, as well as highlight the projects they will be pursuing:

  • Elio Colavitodoctoral researcher, University of TorontoCanada
    • Project: Cartography of Transtopia: trans-male mutual aid (1970-2005) aims to extend Colavito’s work on the social and cultural history of trans-masculinity in Canada and the United States. They will use archival letters to serve as the basis for a digital map illustrating the vastness and complexity of late 20th century transmasculine community building, resource sharing, and identity creation.
  • Jacob Bloomfieldhonorary researcher, University of Konstanz, Germany
    • Project: the Bloomfield project, Tutti Frutti: Little Richard, Sex, Gender and Transgression in America and Europe, seeks to uncover how gender-nonconforming African-American artist Little Richard became one of the most popular musicians in the United States and Europe during the 1950s and before the “sex revolution” in the 1960s.
  • Jen Jack Gieseking, Associate Professor of Geography, University of KentuckyWE
    • Project: The monograph Dyke* Bars seeks to uncover the motivation behind the “lezbiqueertrans” attachment to lesbian bars and their detachment from these spaces, especially since many of them have closed in recent times. Gieseking’s project will argue that lesbian bars are the crucial geography of American lezbiqueertrans history and part of the larger history of the United States. An interactive map will examine how patterns of socio-economic gentrification have affected the growth and decline of these spaces.
  • Justin Salgadograduate student, The Ohio State UniversityWE
    • Project: Out at the Rodeo: The Maintenance of the Gay Rodeo (1980s–present) seeks to amplify voices on the gay rodeo circuit. The project will examine the religious right and the political right, their impact on queer communities, and how gay rodeo countered their disapproval by emphasizing the importance of community and unity for rural queer communities.
  • Trevor Ladnergraduate and teacher, Harvard Graduate School of EducationEdnovate Charter Schools, USA
    • Project: Ladner’s LGBT Lives and Legal Rights: Impacts of Advances in the Struggle will support the continuation of an educational project for his social sciences class in a disadvantaged urban school in Los Angeles. Focusing on LGBTQ people’s experiences of having their rights protected by the courts, it will use the archives to analyze how the absence of certain rights and the courts’ rulings on those rights impact the lives of real people.

“As part of Gale’s ongoing commitment to DEI initiatives, we are thrilled to support the LGBTQ+ research community with these grants and help them expand the possibilities of their research,” said Seth Cayley, vice president of global academic product at Gale. “By providing these fellows with funding, access to our digital archives and Gale Digital Scholar Labwe hope this will allow them to advance their research projects and foster greater knowledge, awareness and understanding of LGBTQ+ lives and communities.”

The Archives of Sexuality and Gender gives researchers instant access to over 5 million digitized primary source pages to help them improve their research projects and discover new avenues of research. By exploring the series with text and data exploration tools in Gale Digital Scholar LabFellows will be able to open their research to digital humanities methods, providing a new perspective to explore historically underrepresented, marginalized, and hidden voices.

“This year’s fellows, who now have access to Gale’s fabulous resources, are sure to cultivate exciting new research related to the study of the LGBTQ past,” said the professor. Eric Gonzaba, co-chair of the Committee on LGBT History. “Their projects will help us all better understand the nuances and complexities of LGBTQ life. We are very grateful to Gale for their support of CLGBTH over many years and thank them for their commitment to LGBT history scholars. “

Fellows must complete the fellowships in December 31, 2022. Each scholarship will support the equivalent of one month of full-time work (160 hours). Fellows can devote four consecutive weeks of their total working hours to the fellowship project, or they can spread their work over a longer period. Additionally, within one month of the end of their fellowship, each fellow will submit a case study highlighting the research or educational value of their project. CLGBTH will host a panel at the 2023 Annual Meeting of the American Historical Association, January 5-8, 2023 at philadelphia creamwhere Gale-CLGBTH Fellows will discuss their research projects.

Gale is hosting a panel discussion at the 2022 Queer History Conference titled Marginalized Voices and Hidden Histories: Preserving and Unlocking the Past with Gale’s Archives on Sexuality and Gender and Beyond on tuesday june 14 at San Francisco State University in Burk Room 256.

For more information on the Gale-CLGBTH Non-Residential Scholarships, visit its webpage.

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