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Program for the Study of Sexuality, Gender, Health, and Human Rights

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Program Seminar (Fall 2002)
Program Seminar (Spring 2003)

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Fellowship Application (2003-2004)
Fellowship Application (2004-2005)

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Program Fellows 2000-2001

JIEMIN BAO will be drawing upon her fieldwork in the Chinese diaspora in Thailand and members of that diaspora who have re-migrated to the U.S. to address issues around the formation of ethnic identities as informed by regulations of femininity and masculinity. This work will also address the ways in which sexuality, as much as class, is central to the formation of cultural membership. The project expands the boundaries of sex and gender through the lens of diaspora, emphasizing the intersections between sexuality, ethnicity and class. During the course of this project, Professor Bao will be finishing her book length manuscript entitled "Marital Acts: An Ethnography of Gender, Sexuality, and Ethnicity of Diasporic Chinese in Thailand." The project builds on work that she has conducted as Assistant Professor of Anthropology at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Her Ph.D. was awarded from the University of California at Berkeley.

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OLIVER PHILLIPS is examining the place of the sexual in definitions of citizenship in Southern Africa, where difference is simultaneously grounds for inclusion (South Africa) and for exclusion (Zimbabwe) of state-recognised rights. He considers what this central location of the sexual suggests about the limitations and possibilities of rights in providing access to treatment for people living with HIV/AIDS in Southern Africa. The discursive efficacy of rights appears questionable in the context of health and multi-national corporations, and his research will explore alternative frameworks which might transcend the discourses of patient as consumer and the state as agency, to develop strategies that challenge the current relationships between pharmaceutical companies, governments and patients. Oliver Phillips grew up in South Africa and Zimbabwe, where he was a founding member of the Gays and Lesbians of Zimbabwe (GALZ). His PhD. was a critique of the laws around sexual offences in Zimbabwe, and was awarded by the Institute of Criminology, University of Cambridge. He has lectured in Criminology at Birkbeck and Goldsmiths Colleges at the University of London, and is currently a lecturer in the Department of Law at Keele University, England.

Selected Publications

Program Fellows 2000

DOUGLAS CRIMP will be working on a book-length argument theoretically situated at the divide between academic and political gay and lesbian practice. Professor Crimp will be using the AIDS crisis as a pivotal point of discussion for such topics as sexual identity, public sexual culture, HIV prevention, gays in the military, and gay marriage. Over the past twenty years, Professor Crimp has lectured and written extensively on the politics of AIDS and on gay and lesbian political activism. Professor Crimp has taught art history and art criticism at major universities in the U.S. and Canada, and is currently the head of the Department of English at the University of Rochester. Professor Crimp earned his Ph.D. in Art History from the City University of New York.

MARIE-AIMÉE HÉLIE-LUCASwill be examining Muslim fundamentalist approaches to women's sexuality. Her project will clarify points of convergence and divergence between theoretical literature on Islam and personal accounts of women who live in various Islamic cultures, vis-á-vis the rights of women. Since 1985, Hélie-Lucas has served as international coordinator for Women Living Under Muslim Laws, an international non-governmental networking and advocacy organization dedicated to secular, progressive social change for women affected by Shariat legal authority. Professor Hélie-Lucas earned her D.E.S. from Algiers University and has served as a research fellow at the Institute of Social Studies in The Netherlands.

GAIL PHETERSON will be working on the U.S. component of a multinational comparative study on the institutional regulation and criminalization of women's migration, work and sexuality. Professor Pheterson is particularly interested in patterns of women's resistance to institutional discrimination and restraint and will be focusing on U.S. regulation of migrant women sex workers through law, police practice and social stigma. Dr. Pheterson is visiting Columbia from the University of Picardie in Amiens, France where she is an Associate Professor of Social Psychology. Since the early 1990s, Pheterson has also worked as a psychotherapist in private practice, and has participated in and organized several major international meetings on sex work and on women's labor migration and right to asylum. She earned her Ph.D. in Psychology from the University of Caolifornia at Riverside.

Program Fellows 1999

PENELOPE SAUNDERS spent her Rockefeller residency fellowship developing a framework for "Sexual Health Frameworks and the 'Rights of the Child': An Emerging Policy Agenda." This policy-oriented project explores the ways in which progressive human rights conventions regarding children can be used to meet the sexual/health needs of young people, especially in regard to education and service provision. Penny Saunders has a Ph.D. in Latin American Studies from Flinders University of South Australia. Sounders' doctoral research investigated women's community health organizations in Latin America. More recently, Saunders directed a research project on homeless young people and sexuality for the AIDS Council of South Australia and consults with the Network of Sex Work Projects, an international network of sex work advocacy and service groups.

Program Fellows 1998-1999

JOHN NGUYET ERNI is Associate Professor of Media and Cultural Studies, Department of Communication, University of New Hampshire. He received his Ph.D. in Communication from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and M.A. in Telecommunication and Film from the University of Oregon. In 1996, he was a recipient of the Gustafson Fellowship at the Center for the Humanities at the University of New Hampshire. Currently, he is a member of the Executive Board of the International Communication Association, and of the Editorial Board of Cultural Studies and Communication Theory. He is the author of Unstable Frontiers: Technomedicine and the Cultural Politics of "Curing" AIDS (University of Minnesota Press, 1994) and numerous articles on media and cultural studies, queer theory, and the cultural politics of HIV/AIDS. Among the courses he teaches at the University of New Hampshire are "Images of Gender in the Media," "Cinema and Society," "Critical Perspectives on Film," "Seminar on AIDS, Culture, Identities," and "Sexualities in the Media." He has also appeared in a number of educational videos focusing on sexual representation, including Off the Straight and Narrow: Images of Lesbians, Gays, and Bisexuals on U.S. Television (Media Education Foundation, 1998) and Teen Sexuality in a Culture of Confusion (Knox Turner Co., 1995). During his Fellowship at the Columbia University School of Public Health, John Nguyet Erni was completing a book entitled Epidemic Imaginary: Globalization and the Cultural Politics of Public Health.

Selected Publications

ALICE M. MILLER seeks to utilize recent progressive aspects of human rights doctrine and practice in the construction of an affirmative claim to sexuality as a human right. Her approach is informed by contemporary insights from other disciplines, particularly from contemporary analyses of the socially constructed nature of sexuality. This attempt to construct a functional framework within human rights concepts must examine claims to rights from the perspectives of women and men in different cultures and communities, persons of varying sexual orientations and identities, adults and children, and from a myriad of differently situated claims. For her fellowship project, key areas of progress in human rights conceptualizations were drawn upon, including the recognition of the gendered nature of rights and rights claims; the indivisibility and inter-related qualities of civil, cultural, economic, social, and political rights; global explorations of the content and meaning attached to claims of universality and cultural relativisms; and, broader understandings of the roles of state and non-state actors in creating conditions in which all people can enjoy their rights and flourish in diversity.

Selected Publications and Experience

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