The UNT Special Collections 2018 Research Fellowship Awardee - Agatha Beins

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The University of North Texas Libraries invite applications for the 2018 UNT Special Collections Research Fellowship. Research in special collections is relevant to studies in a variety of disciplines including history, journalism, political science, geography, fine art, art history and American studies. We encourage applicants to think creatively about new uses for special collections. Preference will be given to applicants who demonstrate the greatest potential for publication and the best use of special collections at UNT Libraries.

The UNT Special Collections 2018 Research Fellowship Awardee

Agatha Beins

Project Title

An Invitation to Remember: Art, Activism and the AIDS Quilt

Project Description

The AIDS Quilt is over thirty years old, and I propose that it has been so effective and long-lasting because of its invitational approach to advocacy. I analyze the content and material qualities of the quilt to show the multiple paths it offered people to learn about HIV/AIDS and build community with those concerned about and impacted by the virus, and I draw on the activism in the Dallas/Ft Worth area as a case study to show the power of this art-activist project on a local scale.


Agatha Beins teaches in the Department of Multicultural Women’s and Gender Studies at Texas Woman’s University. Her book Liberation in Print: Feminist Periodicals and Social Movement Identity analyzes US feminist newsletters and newspapers published in the 1970s. In addition to her interest in feminist print cultures, she writes and teaches about the relationship between art and activism, feminist pedagogies, the institutionalization of women’s studies, and food studies. She also serves as editor for the online, open access journal Films for the Feminist Classroom.