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 …

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 …

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’. …

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 …

LGBT History Month 2015 – thank you!

Claire Henson, Equality and Diversity Officer, looks back on a memorable LGBT History Month as it draws to a close. February is now coming to a close and on Wednesday 25 February, The University of Nottingham ran its last event for LGBT History Month 2015. Dr Max Biddulph and Professor David Brailsford delivered an engaging …

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 …

Welcome to LGBT History Month

Guest post introducing LGBT History Month at The University of Nottingham by Dr Max Biddulph, Chair of the University LGBTQ Staff Network. Picture shows rainbow flag flying over the Trent Building during Nottinghamshire Pride in July 2014. Welcome to UK Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans (LGBT) History month here at The University of Nottingham. It feels an enormous privilege …