My aim is to develop a new area of expertise in gender and queer studies. To this end, I would like to request funding for expenditures incurred last fall while initiating this new direction in research through fieldwork at Buenos Aires' 6th Queer Tango International Festival. Additionally, I would like to request support in order to 1) gain expertise in the critical and theoretical dimensions of gender and queer studies, 2) buy canonical books in these fields, and 3) process data gathered during my recent fieldwork. ''Tango queer,'' as it is called in Argentina, started gaining importance in Buenos Aires and other international cities approximately 5-10 years ago. Simply stated, tango queer is a refashioned way of dancing tango (in which dancers are not bound to specific, traditional gender roles, and where either partner, regardless of sexual orientation, can lead). More significantly, this phenomenon signals important social, political, and even economic changes in Argentine culture. Free from long-standing heteronormative codes, tango queer challenges the traditional image, perception, and significance of tango as Argentina's ''national dance'' and, by expanding and destabilizing tango's iconic place in Argentine cultural identity, tango queer further generates and reflects changing gender and sexual attitudes worldwide. As a tango scholar, I have conducted extensive fieldwork in Buenos Aires and have published on the social, cultural, historical, political and economic dimensions of tango. I would now like to explore a new direction of scholarship in gender and queer studies, which, in turn, will also expand my theoretical framework as I explore ''tango queer.''