Southampton Stonewall Lecture 2014, 13 February 6pm: On the Entanglements of Queer Memory and History – The Case of Alan Turing
January 14, 2014
by Laurence Georgin
Part of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender History Month
The lecture will take place at the Avenue campus on 13 February at 6pm and will be chaired by Professor Mark Cornwall.
For LGBT and queer-identified people aware of Alan Turing’s sexuality, his arrest in 1952 on charges of “gross indecency” and his barbaric punishment (chemical castration in lieu of prison), the spaces of commemoration take on added resonance, an encounter with the past which historians associate with memory. Not individual memory, but collective memory, the social phenomenon or cultural dimension of what groups remember. In this lecture Professor Laura Doan will use Turing, recently pardoned by the British government, as a case study to prise memory, time and history apart, while also leaving them intertwined and messy.
The Southampton Stonewall Lecture is an annual lecture at the University of Southampton devoted to the history of homosexuality or LGBT history. The purpose of the lecture is to educate the present about the past; to showcase thinking and research about LGBT history; and to enhance the University of Southampton’s remit of promoting sexual diversity in the regional community.
The inaugural Stonewall Lecture was given in March 2012 by Angela Mason CBE, former executive director of the Stonewall charity. Her lecture, drawing a large audience, was entitled: ‘Twenty-Five Years On: The Fight for LGBT Rights in the UK’. Last years lecture ‘Gay Culture in Postwar New York: Community Creation and Conflict‘ was given by Professor George Chauncey (Yale). You will find video and interview re the lectures by following the links above.
To find out more about Professor Doan please visit her online profile.
There will be a charity collection for Stonewall at the end of the lecture.
Tea and coffee will be served in the North Corridor at 5:30pm and a drinks reception will be held following the lecture.
Registration: RSVP before 6 February
If you wish to attend this event please email Tracy Storey at firstname.lastname@example.org to reserve a place.