2013 John Money Fellowship Awarded
The John Money Fellowship for Scholars of Sexology was established in 2002 by Dr. John Money, and first awarded in 2009. The fellowship supports graduate students whose scholarly work would benefit from the use of library and archival materials at The Kinsey Institute for Sex, Gender, and Reproduction. In addition to conducting his or her own research, the fellow is expected to make a contribution to the organization, preservation, and/or accessibility of The Kinsey Institute collections.
The 2013 John Money Fellowship for Scholars of Sexology has been awarded to Samantha Allen, of Emory University. Samantha is a Ph.D. student and the George W. Woodruff Fellow in the Department of Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies at Emory University.
Samantha Allen's dissertation project, “Thinking Fetishism: An Affective Reading of 'Sexual Paraphilias,'” aims both to redress the under-theorization of sexual fetishism in the critical humanities and to position practices of sexual fetishism as complex affective experiences that are at the center of unique forms of erotic cultural production.
Samantha's dissertation brackets the traditional Freudian narrative of fetishism as a disavowal of castration in order to theorize the affective dimensions of fetishistic practices and the erotic cultural products that surround these practices. She uses Silvan Tomkins' theory of primary affects to ask: How do fetishes feel? How do fetishists understand, describe, discuss and imagine their own practices?
At The Kinsey Institute, Samantha will complement her contemporary qualitative and computer-mediated research on practices of sexual fetishism with invaluable historical material from the Institute's Collections. She will spend her time researching a wide range of media (books, photos, videos, graphic art, tabloids, etc.) on several different sexual fetishes (shoe, foot, nylon, pantyhose, breast, spanking, hair, etc.) dating from across the 20th and 21st centuries.
Samantha will also be producing a detailed annotated bibliography and an accompanying review essay that will provide an overview of the material on sexual fetishism in the Kinsey Institute Collections. She hopes that this bibliographic project will facilitate the work of future scholars and that it can help establish historical precedents for modes of erotic cultural production that may, at first blush, seem to be unique to contemporary, computer-mediated Internet fetish communities.