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 …

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 …

Alan Turing and me…

Guest post by Dr Max Biddulph, Chair of the University LGBTQ Staff Network, discussing his thoughts on Alan Turing ahead of this week’s event. This follows Professor David Brailsford’s discussion of Turing’s work in last week’s post. I came into this world on a humid Sunday lunchtime towards the end of July 1954, nine years after …

Dark Age sexualities – part two

In his second post, Professor Ross Balzaretti, Department of History, continues to explore sexuality in the Dark Ages. Alcuin of York, one of the most influential advisors of Charlemagne (the famous emperor of the west in the early ninth century), may have been gay. That, at least, is the conclusion of some of those who …

‘An undoubted war hero’: the life and tragedy of Alan Turing

In this post, Professor David Brailsford, School of Computer Science, looks at the life and work of Alan Turing ahead of a free public lecture on Wednesday 25 February. Alan Turing graduated from Cambridge University in 1934 with a First Class Honours degree in Mathematics. Even in his undergraduate years he was identified as an outstanding talent by …

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 …

Expressing the Unspeakable – DH Lawrence’s ‘The Rainbow’

It’s often overlooked compared to Lady Chatterley’s Lover or its sequel Women in Love, but to mark LGBTQ History month, Manuscripts and Special Collections is looking at D H Lawrence’s The Rainbow, fittingly enough published a century ago in 1915. The set-up is typical for a Lawrence novel: a working-class family, the Brangwens, live in …