KIAS and the Interdisciplinary Centre for Culture and Creativity (USask) are pleased to announce “Prairie Sexualities: Theories, Archives, Affects, Communities” as the recipient of our first Alberta-Saskatchewan Research Collaboration Grant. The project convenes a multidisciplinary faculty team from the Universities of Alberta and Saskatchewan championed by Drs. Susanne Luhmann and Marie Lovrod to focus on queer and sexuality studies on the prairies, though not exclusively about the prairies.
Central to this project are questions of place and practice: how do our respective complex and specific prairie locations shape our work? How do queer-positive scholarly initiatives fare in prairie contexts and what conditions shape queer lives in Indigenous, urban and rural communities? What is it like to grow up or grow old as LGBTQ+ here? How are public/personal archival records of queer lives impacted where rurality remains a salient feature of socio-political relations?
The goal of this project is to develop sustainable, long-term, and transdisciplinary research collaborations among experts in the field of queer and sexualities studies at our universities and across the prairies to support more regionalized local, national, international, and transnational research in this field.