15 February 2018, 6pm
Part of the annual series of lectures organised by the Faculty of Humanities. This year’s Stonewall Lecture will be give by Professor Alison Oram, Professor of Social and Cultural History at Leeds Beckett University.
‘Queer beyond London: Culture and Place in English Cities since the 1960s’
How does a sense of place shape ideas of queer identity, politics and community? This lecture draws on the findings of the AHRC-funded “Queer Beyond London” research project which explores LGBTQ life in four provincial cities since 1965 (Manchester, Brighton, Leeds and Plymouth). It challenges the London-centric history of queer life, activism and cultures, showing that while the four cities share similar responses to national milestones, they have had different trajectories in terms of LGBTQ activism and community-building. For over half a century urban queer identities have been tied into distinct migration patterns, place-specific types of home-making, and new sexual politics.