Reflecting on LGBT History Month 2016

Hannah-Rose Murray, PhD Student in the Department of American and Canadian Studies and LGBT History Month Director, Research Priority Area in Rights and Justice, reflects on events organised by the RPA during February 2016. Over the last few weeks, the Rights and Justice Research Priority Area at The University of Nottingham has supported the University’s …

Who controls our sexuality? LGBT History Month ends with Foucault, BDSM and his philosophy of power

In this guest post, Emily Howard, final-year history student and writer for the University’s student life blog, reflects on the ‘Discipline and punish’ event held on Thursday 25 February. Sex education in UK schools has been widely criticised from a variety of angles and perspectives, but no reform will be introduced at a state level …

Discipline and punish: Foucault, BDSM and his philosophy of power

In this post, Dr Max Biddulph, Chair of the LGBTQ Staff Network, looks forward to his talk on Thursday 25 February: ‘Discipline and punish: Foucault, BDSM and his philosophy of power‘. Looking around the world, Oscar Wilde is rumoured to have wryly observed ‘Everything in the world is about sex except sex. Sex is about power’. …

Highlights from our bona Polari talk

On Wednesday 17 February, we had the opportunity to hear Professor Paul Baker, Lancaster University, discuss the Polari language. This fascinating talk spanned the early roots of the language in the 1700s, through to its peak popularity in 1950s and 1960s gay communities and on to its relevance today. @UoNResearch live-tweeted from the talk, which …

Can you speak Polari?

Guest post from Dr Max Biddulph, Chair of the LGBTQ Staff Network. The University is delighted to welcome Paul Baker, Professor of Linguistics at Lancaster University, to our 2016 LGBT History Month Programme on Wednesday 17 February. In his lecture ‘Polari: the lost and found gay language’, Paul will trace the origins and development of the coded …

From ‘homophobic’ to treasured items – highlights from our lesbian pulp fiction discussion

Claire Henson, People and Culture Events Co-ordinator at the University, writes about our event with Dr Kaye Mitchell on Wednesday 10 February exploring the phenomena of lesbian pulp fiction. I first discovered lesbian pulp fiction when I was working in a university library. I remember seeing the cover of Odd Girl Out by Ann Bannon, …

The B Word? Visibility and inclusion of bisexuality

On Wednesday 3 February, it was our pleasure to welcome Dr Christina Richards, Psychotherapist and Senior Specialist Psychology Associate and Clinical Research Fellow, to campus for a discussion around perceptions of bisexuality within society. The event started with some set questions for Dr Richards, followed by an open Q&A with the audience – it was fascinating …

LGBT healthcare and awareness

In this Q&A, Ian Taylor, Receptionist in the Division of Medical Sciences & Graduate Entry Medicine, Royal Derby Hospital, discusses his personal history and motivations for organising an LGBT event on Friday 5 February for staff and students. Have you organised any events around LGBT health and awareness before? This year was the year I …

Upendo – film, discussion, performance

In this post, Sophia Ramcharan, Film Producer and Programmer at Stella Vision, looks forward to the upcoming Upendo event at New Art Exchange, 11am-6pm Saturday 6 February. I’m primarily a film producer, however my real passion is providing a platform for new and emerging talent to be showcased to new audiences through cinema exhibition. I have …

Rights and Justice events for LGBT History Month

Guest post from Hannah-Rose Murray, PhD Student in the Department of American and Canadian Studies and LGBT History Month Director, Research Priority Area in Rights and Justice. To celebrate LGBT History Month in February 2016, a series of unique events will take place both on campus and in the city centre to highlight the extraordinary …