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The University of Southampton

The Southampton Stonewall Lecture Event

Alison Oram
18:00 - 19:00
15 February 2018
Avenue Campus, University of Southampton, Southampton SO17 1BF

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Event details

Part of the annual series of lectures organised by the Faculty of Humanities

This years 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.

Alison Oram is Professor of Social and Cultural History at Leeds Beckett University. Her research focuses on lesbian and queer histories in 20th century Britain and on how these are represented in heritage. She led the “Pride of Place: England’s LGBTQ Heritage” project for Historic England in 2015-16, and is co-investigator on “Queer Beyond London” with Professor Matt Cook.

Her books include: “Her Husband was a Woman!” Women’s Gender-Crossing and Modern British Popular Culture (2007) and The Lesbian History Source Book: Love and Sex Between Women in Britain 1780-1970 (2001: co-authored with Annmarie Turnbull).

The annual ‘Southampton Stonewall Lecture’ explores the rich heritage that is lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) history, in order to educate the present about the past and to promote social justice and inclusivity. Previous speakers have included Professors George Chaucey, Laura Doan, and Dagmar Herzog.

Each lecture offers an academic approach to a historical subject, revealing to a broad public audience some of the best recent research on the gay and lesbian past. The lecture builds on fruitful cooperation between the Stonewall charity and the University of Southampton in terms of our shared values and educational engagement with the wider community. Through a greater understanding of discrimination and tolerance through the centuries, we can help to promote tolerance and inclusivity in contemporary British society.

The lecture will be followed by a charity collection for Stonewall.

RSVP by 12 February 2018

This event is free however you must register to attend and receive joining instructions. To register follow the booking link above, book soon to avoid disappointment.

There will be refreshments served before the lecture from 17:30 and the lecture will be followed by a drinks reception.

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