LGBT Research Community

Queen and Country: Same Sex Desire in the British Armed Forces, 1939-45

January 30, 2014
by Carla Barrett

vickers coverAs part of LGBT History Month, the University of Winchester is hosting a guest seminar with Dr Emma Vickers (Liverpool John Moores University) entitled ‘Queen and Country: Same Sex Desire in the British Armed Forces, 1939-45’.

The event is free and open to all, and will be followed by a small wine reception.

It will be held in room 16, Medecroft building, University of Winchester. Unfortunately, due to the speaker’s illness, this seminar is being rescheduled. To keep up to date, please see the event’s page  on Facebook:

LGBTQ Lives Research – New PhD Studentship opportunities, University of Brighton

January 28, 2014
by Laurence Georgin

New PhD Studentship opportunities: The University of Brighton is currently inviting prospective doctoral students who are interested in applying for a studentship in the Arts and Humanities with a focus on LGBTQ sexualities and gender research to contact them about the TECHNE partnership.

The LGBTQ Lives Research Hub offers an opportunity to work with scholars specialising in gender and sexualities research across a broad range of subject areas, including:

  • Cultural Geography
  • Media Studies
  • Cultural Studies and Popular Culture
  • Digital economy areas related to gender and sexuality
  • Drama and sexuality
  • Early modern sexuality and gender
  • Literature and Film

Please send a short summary of your proposed project (500 words) and details of your qualifications to as soon as possible. The Research Hub will contact applicants to help liaise with potential supervisors and guide you in the submission of a formal application. The deadline for formal applications is the 19th February 2014. For further information download the flyer or go to

“Coming Out” to Gay and Lesbian History’ Study Day, Saturday 8 February 2014, 10am-4pm, bldg 85, Highfield campus

January 21, 2014
by Laurence Georgin

russia-gay-650x403This annual LGBT History study day is this year held as a Lifelong-Learning event. We welcome anyone interested in LGBT History to come and explore an exciting and varied programme.

We will be holding this one-day cultural event on Saturday 08 February consisting of a series of short talks led by experts from within the University. This thought provoking and inspiring conference will provide you with the opportunity to learn and engage in discussion about gay and lesbian history from academics of international distinction.

This unusual study day is an opportunity for you to explore and discuss the new field of lesbian and gay history. Our aim is to look at personal case studies from the past thousand years, from Britain and Europe, and particularly to use a rich variety of historical sources to illustrate the challenges of finding and understanding homosexuals in the past.

Novarro Ben Hur postcardIn a range of talks, by experts from the History department and outside speakers, we will consider the changing attitudes to same-sex activity – whether tolerance or discrimination – but also try to look at the subject from the perspective of the lesbian or gay man. Topics range from medieval Britain through to modern central Europe, from religious attitudes and lesbian sex, through to male homosexuality under totalitarian regimes. By the end of the day you will have learnt about the richness of this ‘hidden history’ and the problems the historian faces when researching it.

LGBT History Study Day 2014 Programme


£31 full rate

£21 loyalty rate (Harbour Lights Members, Friends of Parkes, English Teachers Network, university staff and alumni)

£11 discount rate (students/sixth form & college students and those in receipt of income-based Job Seeker’s Allowance, Income Support, Working Tax Credit, Council Tax or Housing Benefit)

All prices include lunch and refreshments


To book your place, please log into our new secure Online Store to complete the application form and make payment.

Contact for more information

Name: Lifelong Learning Team


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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 Southampton Stonewall Lecture speaker  in 2014 is Professor Laura Doan from the University of Manchester. Doan

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 to reserve a place.