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Francisco Ibáñez-Carrasco and Erica Meiners
Scott Herring

The Leather Archives & Museum names Scott Herring, Dr. Francisco Ibáñez, PhD and Dr. Eric Meiners, PhD as its 2016-2017 Visiting Scholars

Scott Herring has been named a 2016-2017 Visiting Scholar at the Leather Archives & Museum.  Scott is Professor of English and Affiliate Faculty in American Studies, Gender Studies, and The Kinsey Institute for the Study of Sex, Gender, and Reproduction at Indiana University. His research focuses on modern American literary studies (especially 1914-1945), American cultural studies, and LGBTQ studies as well as subfields such as critical rural/regional studies and material culture studies. Scott will use his time at the LA&M to utilize collections related to Sam Steward toward a new book, ¨Elderly Moderns¨, a study of poetry, novels, memoirs, and memorabilia produced by hetero- and homosexual American modernist artists late in their lives, when the period of modernism is thought to have long subsided.

Francisco Ibáñez-Carrasco and Erica Meiners have also been jointly named  2016-2017 Visiting Scholars at the Leather Archives & Museum.  Francisco is the Director of Education and Training at the Ontario HIV Treatment Network.  His memoir, ¨Giving it Raw: Nearly 30 Years with AIDS¨ was published in 2015.  Erica Meiners is author of ¨For the Children? Protecting Innocence in a Carceral State¨ (University of Minnesota, 2016). The Bernard J. Brommel Distinguished Research Professor at Northeastern Illinois University, she is currently a Soros Justice Fellow writing on reducing our nation’s reliance on criminalization to end sexual violence.  Francisco and Erica will use their time at the LA&M to continue research in a pilot project seeking to forefront BDSM/kink/queer contributions and insights in the current public debate surrounding consent, sex, criminalization and harm reduction.
The 2016 - 2017 Visiting Scholar Program is made possible through generous support from Kinky Kollege
About Leather Archives & Museum
The Leather Archives & Museum is a library, museum and archives pertaining to leather and alternative sexual communities. The geographic collection scope is worldwide and includes all sexual orientations and genders. The library collection contains books, magazines, scholarlypublications, films and electronic resources related to the subject matter. The museum collection contains original erotic art and artifacts from alternative sex organizations and individuals. The archival collection contains unpublished papers and records from notable activists, artists, businesses and organizations related to the subject matter.  For more information about the LA&M, please visit

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