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 …

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, …

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 …

Welcome to LGBT History Month 2016

In this guest post, Dr Max Biddulph, Chair of the University LGBTQ Staff Network, introduces LGBT History Month. Welcome to LGBT History Month 2016 at The University of Nottingham! Our festival of LGBT-related events throughout February is part of the 11th annual national commemoration and the theme of this year’s history month is ‘religion, belief and philosophy’. …

Events for LGBT History Month 2016

February is LGBT History Month, and we’re taking the opportunity to celebrate and explore LGBT culture with academic lectures, discussion, film screenings and more. Almost all events are free, and most are open to the public as well as staff and students. Get these dates in your diary and come along to one (or all!) of …

LGBT History Month 2015 round-up

February 2015 saw fantastic LGBT History Month events take place across the University, including film screenings, public talks and more. @UoNResearch had the privilege to attend and live-tweet a number of these events, which we then collected and Storified. You can read through highlights from four talks and discussions below. The full programme for the month can …

Dark Age sexualities – part three

In his last LGBT History Month post, Professor Ross Balzaretti, Department of History, concludes his examination of sexuality in the Dark Ages. It is frequently presumed that women in the distant past had no or little voice in public affairs. This is far from true. For example, in the Carolingian Empire (which covered most of modern …

‘Read Hear’ at Nottingham Central Library, and the need for lesbian and gay literature

In this post, Claire Henson, Equality and Diversity Officer, looks forward to two upcoming events and discusses the importance of the written word for the LGBT community. When I think about things that make me happy, reading books instantly pops into my mind. I have loved books for as long as I can remember. Reading …