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The 2011 Visiting Scholar Program at the Leather Archives & Museum

The 2011 Visiting Scholar Program at the Leather Archives & Museum

Summary:

The Leather Archives & Museum [LA&M] announces the second annual Visiting Scholar Program for the Fall 2011 or Spring 2012 academic terms. A stipend of $1,000 to $1,500 will be awarded to one recipient scholar to conduct research using the collections of the LA&M. The amount of the award will be dependent on the scope of the proposed project. A $500 travel allowance and up to four weeknight accommodations will also be provided to the recipient.

The award is available to three types of scholars:

1) Scholars with academic appointments
2) Graduate students pursuing an MA, MFA or PhD
3) Independent scholars with an established research agenda.

The LA&M is seeking projects that may enhance the institution’s mission to disseminate information to the public about the history of the leather / fetish / BDSM community and its culture. Toward that end, we are particularly interested in proposals that may provide materials for display in its galleries, as a traveling exhibit or as an online exhibition.

Timeline:

March 15th, 2011 applications postmarked by this date.

April 30th, 2011 notification of award

Research to be conducted between September 2011 and April 2012.

– 33% of stipend and 100% of travel allowance paid at this time

A 300 to 500 word summary of the research visit and preliminary findings, able to be published by the LA&M, to be received by the LA&M between one and three months following visit. .

– 33% of stipend paid at this time

A list of publication and presentation opportunities for which work will be submitted, to be received by the LA&M not less than three months following the visit. Final stipend payment to be made upon acceptance of publication or presentation and receipt of a manuscript to be published or paper to be presented.

– 33% of stipend paid at this time.

Applications:

Note that applications will be reviewed by individuals who may not be in your field of study. Care should be taken to write in a matter that is accessible to others. A complete application package will include:

1) A current vita. Include name, mailing address, phone number, email address and institutional affiliation (if applicable).
2) Project title and one paragraph abstract
3) A 1,500 to 2,000 word double-spaced descriptive narrative of the project

  • a. What is the subject of the research?
  • b. What is the scope of the project?
  • c. What sources do you plan to use?
  • d. What is the anticipated product of your research?
  • e. What contribution to current historic or cultural research will this project make?

4) A separate page to address the following questions:

  • a. How well will the result of your project be suited for publication in peer reviewed scholarly journals, in the LA&M’s publication The Leather Times, or as source material for an exhibition (either at the LA&M or online)?
  • b. If this is part of a larger project, how much work have you completed to this point? What additional research will follow your visit to the LA&M?
  • c. How many days of onsite research at the LA&M do you anticipate will be needed for your project? This is for planning purposes only, and will not be used to judge applications.
  • d. How did you hear about the Visiting Scholar Program at the Leather Archives & Museum?

5) A letter of reference

A paper copy and electronic copy of the application package should be sent to:

Leather Archives & Museum
Visiting Scholar Program
6418 N Greenview Ave
Chicago, IL 60626
rick(at)leatherarchives.org

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