B. Ethan Coston awarded REAL Challenge grant
Congrats to B. Ethan Coston, Ph.D., assistant professor in the VCU Department of Gender, Sexuality and Women's Studies. The Queerantine Archive is envisioned as a multi-year project that will document and archive LGBTQIA2+ community life—with a focus on resilience, flourishing, joy and pleasure—during COVID-19. The inaugural cohort of student researchers and interlocutors will gain training in qualitative, feminist and archival research methodologies, and engage in hands-on, practical, academic and professional work experience in their areas of interest (such as graphic design, website construction, interviewing, video editing, grant writing and more).
The Queerantine Archive will have a web hosted location as well as a presence on Instagram (and, if appealing to the first cohort of students, Twitter and/or TikTok). In preparation for building out this archive, students will receive training in qualitative archival methods, including learning more about established and emerging feminist archival knowledge, that brings together interventions from across the disciplines as history, literature, modernist studies, cinema studies and the sociolegal imaginary.
The REAL grants support faculty, programs and departments as they seek ways to mitigate obstacles and increase access to transformative, high impact experiential learning opportunities both in and beyond the classroom. The outcomes from these grants have the potential to not only transform the student learning experience but also transform future trajectories and re-write the narrative for many of our students. The REAL Challenge grants provide up to $8,000 in funding for projects that help VCU create “triple-threat candidates” — students with an internship, an extended academic project, and an industry-recognized credential along with their bachelor’s degree.