Summersell Students Launch Queer Alabama Site

Queer Alabama website front page.Students in Director of the Summersell Center Dr. John Giggie’s Spring 2019 course Invisible Histories: Queer History South have unveiled the website for their research, Queer Alabama. The website features each of the students’ research projects, all of which analyze the queer community’s impact on The University of Alabama campus and its broader Tuscaloosa, Alabama, and Southeastern contexts. Individual projects include the Cartography of Southern Queerness, which looks at maps created by the group to see how their use of coded language changed over time, The Power of Naming: Language and the Construction of Queer Community, which studies how the names used for the queer student group on campus shifted a total of seven times since the group’s inception in 1983 to respond to the campus community’s needs, and Sin and Sexuality: Evolving Christian Attitudes of Queerness, which looks at campus and national religious views of queer lifestyles. Students worked with Dr. Giggie over the Spring semester to research these and other topics and to create this digital humanities website. We are so proud of the work that our students continue to do — great job and Roll Tide, Invisible Histories students!