History of the Professors
& Researchers SIG
article appeared in Nude & Natural 28.2
(Winter 2008), p. 83.
Professors & Researchers
SIG Goes Online
was aware that special interest groups of The Naturist Society
periodically wax and wane in their effectiveness. I was
surprised, however, at the Mid-Winter Naturist Festival, when Nicky
Hoffman Lee informed us that, at that particular moment, the Professors
& Researchers SIG was the largest and most active of them
all. Largest? Well, we do have over 40 members. But
most active? I suppose the fat electronic newsletter goes out on
time, and cumulatively over the years, we have accomplished quite a lot.
fact, at that same Mid-Winter meeting, some members suggested it was
time to put the research documentation we have compiled online, and
make it available to others. That caused a debate among the
SIG. Should we just post our newsletters online? Our
tenured and retired members said, “Sure. We have nothing to
hide.” But some of our younger and less established members
voiced a very real concern about not putting anything on the internet
that they didn’t want a prospective employer to read.
Others pointed out that the newsletter has become a place where we can
speak freely and confidentially, without worry about posterity and the
whole world eavesdropping; we wouldn’t want to lose that.
Also, information that appeared in driblets over several newsletters
can now be pulled together on the web site and kept up to date.
Without a consensus, we are keeping the newsletter among SIG
members. At the same time, we could agree on posting our major
compilations at www.paullevalley.com/sig. There is also a link on
The Naturist Society web site. I have, on a couple of occasions,
been called an elitist for not letting people into the group who were
neither professors nor researchers. Now upcoming researchers can
find the information they need to establish their credentials, and be
welcomed into the SIG.
Documents on the new site include:
● Visionary colleges
● Nudity-related dissertations, projects, and exams
● Campus streaking
● The 2003 AANR Youth Camp controversy
● Collected internet writings of David Goines
● Marvin Frandsen’s annotated bibliography for legal
● Several other bibliographies, grouped by author or subject
A bit of history
1999, Mark Storey organized the College Instructors SIG. He
expressed the hope that college professors could support one another in
naturist-related research projects--something that has still not
happened. The group immediately attracted a respectable number of
professors and got out a couple of newsletters before the contact URL
quit working, and the SIG went dormant.
thought this was too good an idea to die. Since Mark’s time
was increasingly going into research on early nudist movies, I agreed
take on the leadership in 2002. At the same time, the revived SIG
expanded to also include serious researchers and writers on
nudity-related subjects, who did not happen to teach. The group
now consists (in about equal numbers) of:
● Researchers and writers on nudity, who do not teach
● Professors of subjects far removed from their naturist
● Professors of subjects that involve some study of nudity
have professors of everything from astronomy, to mushrooms, to music,
to religion, to art history. We have librarians, computer
wizards, and rocket scientists. We have leaders in The Naturist
Society and the American Association for Nude Recreation. We have
members in the Caribbean, Canada, Europe, and Australia. It is
good to have
the intellectuals in this movement talking with each other.
Besides lively discussion through the newsletter, some members also
consult with each other on matters of shared interest.
of our work has been in archiving significant electronic documents of
passing news before they vanish. Another strength is in compiling
bibliographies of printed articles related to nudity. Many of
those articles were written by members of this SIG.
SIG has long been pushing to make the resources of the American Nudist
Research Library in Florida available to serious researchers, wherever
they may live. Those of us who also belong to AANR have been
lobbying our regions to contribute generously to the library’s
less success, several SIG members have been pushing for lower student
fees in The Naturist Society and the Midwestern and Canadian regions of
AANR. Our work is far from done.
you are already a college teacher, or have conducted nudity-related
research, we want you in the SIG. Please contact us. Or if
you just want to read some good reports and learn where to find more,
visit the new web site.
Return to the SIG home page.