Friday, February, 2020

Leather Archives & Museum Announces
the 2020 Visiting Scholars Program

Chicago, IL — The Leather Archives & Museum announces the ninth annual LA&M Visiting Scholars Program for 2020.  A stipend of $1,000 will be awarded to one recipient to conduct research using the collections of the Leather Archives & Museum.  Up to an additional $1,000 of travel reimbursement will also be provided to cover costs associated with visiting the LA&M.

The award is available to individuals working on a specific project which can be directly supported by LA&M collections. Potential applicants include individuals with academic appointments, graduate students, artists and independent researchers.
The LA&M seeks projects which will use its archival and research collections to create new scholarship related to the history and culture of leather, fetish, kink and BDSM.  The LA&M welcomes proposals that include research leading to publication, art projects, documentary film, and public programs or events that share the results of the research.

The Leather Archives & Museum Visiting Scholars Program is made possible through a generous grant from Leather SINS NFP and their event, Kinky Kollege.

Application details are available online at
Important Dates
January 27 - applications begin
March 16 - application deadline
April 20 - notification of award
May 1, 2020 – April 30, 2021 - research conducted
Past Recipients
2010    Anthony Easton, University of Toronto
2011    David K. Johnson, Ph.D. University of South Florida
2012    Amber R. Clifford-Napoleone, Ph.D. University of Central Missouri
2012    Honorable Mention Steven Ruszczycky, University at Buffalo, SUNY
2014    Lily Emerson, University of Auckland, New Zealand
2014 Honorable Mention Ying-Chao Kao, Rutgers University
2015    Anna Robinson, Utrecht University, Utrecht, The Netherlands and Central
European University, Budapest, Hungary
2015    Honorable Mention Tara Burke, Independent scholar and art historian
2016    Dr. Francisco Ibàñez-Carrasco Ph.D. and Dr. Erica Meiners, Ph.D.
2016    Scott Herring, Indiana University
2017    Kirin Wachter-Grene, New York University
2019    Heather Raquel Phillips, University of Pennsylvania
For more information please contact
Gary Wasdin
Executive Director
Founded in 1991, the Leather Archives & Museum has become recognized worldwide as a significant center dedicated to the compilation, preservation, and maintenance of primary materials on the leather, kink, BDSM and fetish communities and their cultures in both physical and electronic formats. Our museum galleries serve to present educational and historical material that highlights the silent histories of marginalized and under-represented communities while the archives and library serve the needs of scholars, writers and artists.

The LA&M is located in Chicago, IL near Loyola University.  The building houses the Teri Rose Library with holdings of over 3,000 books and 12,600 journals and periodicals, a 1425 sq. ft. archival storage space, and eight exhibit galleries. The Guest Artist Gallery (GAG) with rotating exhibits that celebrate contemporary artists who inspire dialogues related to leather, kink, BDSM and fetish and a community space used for programming and special events. 

The LA&M is recognized by the Internal Revenue Service as a charity under the 501 c (3) provisions of the Internal Revenue Code.  Nearly all income is derived from the generous support of members and  organizations within the leather/kink/BDSM/fetish communities.
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