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 …

The power of art – giving a voice to the oppressed

Guest post by Ibitsam Ahmed, PhD student in the School of Politics and International Relations. A recurring theme throughout the events marking LGBT History Month at The University of Nottingham was how arts and culture have been some of the most powerful avenues of queer expression and solidarity. I was fortunate enough to present at two …

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 …

LGBT History Month – thank you!

In this closing blog post, Claire Henson, People and Culture Events Co-ordinator, reflects on another fantastic LGBT History Month. As we come to the end of LGBT History Month 2016 at The University of Nottingham, it has been truly fantastic to look back on the events and activities that have been run throughout February to …

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 …

Lesbian pulp fiction: then and now

In advance of our event on Wednesday 10 February, Dr Kaye Mitchell, Senior Lecturer at The University of Manchester, writes about the lesbian pulp fiction genre. How queer were the 1950s? We tend to think of this as a period of conservative retrenchment and censoriousness, but Jennifer Terry has suggested that, by the 1950s, homosexuality …

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 …

Rainbow Heritage: LGBT celebration on campus

On Tuesday 17 February, Nottingham’s Department of American and Canadian Studies is hosting a special LGBT History Month evening in collaboration with Rainbow Heritage, a long-standing project celebrating Nottinghamshire’s lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender lives, hidden history and culture. Below, David Edgley introduces his organisation and reflects on the ideas behind the special exhibition that will be …

Dark Age sexualities – part one

In this guest post, Professor Ross Balzaretti, Department of History, explores sexuality in the Dark Ages. February 2015 marks the eleventh anniversary of my module ‘Sexuality in Early Medieval Europe’ which challenges students to compare their own ideas about sex and sexuality with those to be found in in western Europe in distant writings from …

‘To be real!’: Paris is Burning Film Screening

Hannah Murray is a PhD student in American & Canadian Studies, where she is writing a thesis on liminal whiteness in nineteenth-century American literature. In this post, she looks forward to a screening of Paris is Burning as part of LGBT History Month. On Monday 9 February the Department of American & Canadian Studies will …