English Professor Roy Perez is this year’s recipient of the Center for Lesbian and Gay Studies (CLAGS) Fellowship Award. Roy will use the CLAGS Fellowship Award to support his book project, Proximities: Queer Configurations of Latina/o Literature and Performance Since 1960. Proximities will be the first book-length study to examine collaborations across race and ethnicity in Latina/o literature, visual art, and performance in order to model cross-cultural methods that reveal instances of vital collaboration and representation. Through a combination of historical and aesthetic analysis, Proximities reveals a hidden archive of vital Latina/o cross-cultural flashpoints, beginning at the turn of the nineteenth century and then proceeding from the civil rights era to the contemporary moment.
Debanuj DasGupta, Board Member of the Center for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer Studies noted, “This is a significant achievement, given the strength and diversity of this year’s applicant pool. The decision was difficult, but the Fellowship Committee recognized the high quality of work presented in your book. We felt that your manuscript has potential for an original contribution in the field of Queer LatinX Studies, especially as regards with your discussions of comparative racialization, performance/ cultural productions.”
About the Program: CLAGS is dedicated to the study of historical, cultural, and political issues of vital concern to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer individuals and communities. The CLAGS Fellowship Award supports the work of a graduate student, an academic, or an independent scholar to complete a dissertation, a first book manuscript, or a second book manuscript that will contribute to the field of LGBTQ studies.