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Friday 3rd March

18:00 Official Launch and the 3rd Allan Horsfall Lecture

Venue: Redmonds Large Lecture Theatre, Liverpool John Moores University

The speaker for this year’s Horsfall Lecture is award-winning author and biographer Diana Souhami. The title of her lecture is ‘The Painter Gluck, “no prefix, suffix, or quotes” and Other Notable Lesbians’. The event will also feature comments from Bisi Alimi,  Executive Director of the Bisi Alimi Foundation, regarding LGBT advocacy in Nigeria.

Saturday 4th March

Bluecoat, Liverpool

08:15 Registration

09:00 Welcome & Opening Remarks by Sue Saunders (Professor Emeritus, Harvey Milk Institute & Chair of Schools OUT UK) & Jeffrey Weeks (Research Professor, London South Bank University)

09:45 Paper Session 1

1A. Regulation and Recognition in the 20th Century I

Learning from Wolfenden’s silent women

Caroline Derry (London Metropolitan University)

The Sexual Offences Act, 1967
Mark Dunton (National Archives, Kew)

Who’s offensive now? The law and trans people at the time of the Sexual Offences Act
Zoë Playdon (Independent Scholar)

1B. Interrograting Sexuality and Gender in the Ancient to Early-modern Periods

Gender and citizenship in ancient Rome

Cheryl Morgan (OutStories Bristol)

Trans/gender/human – Rediscovering genderqueer narratives in medieval sanctity

Jonah Coman (University of St Andrews)

Teaching the history of Early American sexuality
Richard Godbeer (Virginia Commonwealth University)

1C. Historicising LGBT Lives in the Armed Forces

The inconsistent criminal prosecution of World War II military and auxiliary wartime services men for inter-male sex
Jeff Evans (Manchester Metropolitan University)

Sex at sea: Homosexuality and the Royal Navy in the Great War
Laura Rowe (University of Exeter)

Do ask, do tell: Challenging notions of silence, secrecy and exclusion of homosexuals in Cold War militaries

Fia Sundevall (Stockholm University)

11.30 Paper Session 2

2A. The Terminology of Sexual Regulation in the Premodern World

Avoiding alternitas: Peter Cantor and how not to be a sodomite
Blake Gutt (King’s College, Cambridge)

“Amongst Christians not to be named”: The importance of legal idiom to the study of sex between men in early modern England

Kit Heyam (University of Leeds)

Clarifying Muzhelozhestvo: On the legal terminology for male same-sex desire in Imperial Russia

Nick Mayhew (Jesus College, Cambridge)

2B. Scientific Approaches and Discourses

A political choice: On the liberal implications of bio-determinism in the fight for gay rights in Germany, 1898-1933
Tom Butcher (University of Virginia)

Making it count: Surveying sexual diversity around 1904 in Germany
Ina Linge (University of Cambridge)

Reading the Wolfenden Report in a transnational context
Julia Maclachlan (University of Manchester)

2C. LGBT Citizenship as Reflected in Cultural Responses and the Popular Press

Antiquated legalities: The Internal Times Prosecution, 1969
Valerie Stevenson (Liverpool John Moores University)

“This Act shall not extend to Northern Ireland:” Attempting Homosexual Law Reform in Northern Ireland, 1957-82
Rachel Wallace (Queens University Belfast)

Covering the metropole from the periphery: Paradoxes of post-colonial discourses on same-sex sexualities
Yuval Yonay (University of Haifa)

13.00 Lunch

14:00 Showcase Perspectives: What and who are the subjects of LGBT History?

Reflecting this year’s theme, these forums provide opportunities to consider the practicalities as well as the implications of the Sexual Offences Act by drawing upon various experiences and perspectives. They will also serve to highlight changing attitudes and practices as well as areas for exploration within LGBT history. A limited number of free tickets are available to the public.

Law and Civic Society

Invited contributors include Julie Cooke (Assistant Chief Constable, Merseyside Police), Paul Murphy OBE (Member of the Greater Manchester Police Committee) and Tracy O’Hara (Detective Constable, Merseyside Police)

Law and the Military

Invited contributors include Elaine Chambers, Patrick Lyster-Todd, and Caroline Paige (the first transgender officer to serve openly in the UK Armed Forces)

15.00 40 Years of ‘Coming Out’: A Conversation with Jeffrey Weeks

This year marks 40 years since the publication of the groundbreaking work ‘Coming Out: The Emergence of LGBT Identities in Britain from the 19th Century to the Present’, by Jeffrey Weeks. In this commemorative session he will join others in reflecting on and addressing questions about the development and future of LGBT history.

16:00 Panel Discussion: (Post)Colonial Legacies of De/criminalisation

In this session, activists will discuss their perspectives on the legacies of de/criminalisation as well as ongoing efforts on behalf of LGBT rights and advocacy. It will also provide an opportunity to reflect on concerns that shape how we historicise LGBT lives and experiences in (post)colonial contexts. (A limited number of free tickets are available to the public.)

Panelists include Bisi Alimi, Executive Director of the Bisi Alimi Foundation; Sunil Pant, Founder of the Blue Diamond Society (Nepal); and others TBC

20:00 Conference Dinner and Evening Entertainment (1960s Disco)

Sunday 5th March

Bluecoat, Liverpool

09:00 Panel Discussion: Producing and Sharing Knowledge

Historicising Sex and Gender in the Ancient, Early-modern, and Late-modern Periods

The discussion is dedicated to addressing the possibilities and challenges associated with historicising sexuality and gender in three epochs. Among other things, panelists will reflect on perspectives, sources, and terminology across three historical periods.

Panelists include Harry Cocks (University of Nottingham), Kit Heyam (Leeds University) and Sanja Vucetic (University College London)

Teaching Past Attitudes on Sex and Gender

Sharing knowledge on past attitudes on sex and gender presents its own set of possibilities and challenges. This discussion is intended to highlight pedagogies and practices, while exploring how we approach educating our students and the public.

Panelists include Sarah Douglas (Manchester University), Richard Godbeer (Virginia Commonwealth University) and Charlotte Keenan (National Museums Liverpool)

10:30  Paper Session 3

3A. Regulation and Recognition in the 20th Century II

Shivananda Khan: Britain’s forgotten LGBTIQ campaigner?
Neil Cobb (University of Manchester)

The long arm of discrimination: Legacies of the age of consent and the Sexual Offences Act 1967 for coming to terms with child sexual abuse today
Kate Gleeson (Macquarie Law School)

The battle for decriminalisation of (male) homosexuality in (West) Germany, 1945-1969
Rainer Schulze (University of Essex)

Legality of homosexuality in the Eastern Bloc and the origins of the Polish homosexual movement
Łukasz Szulc (University of Antwerp)

3B. Materializing Legality: Archives, Heritage and Museums in LGBT History

Material and immaterial objects as legacies in queer wills
Antu Sorainen (University of Helsinki)

Interrogating law and court texts to find queer history
Runar Jordåen and Hannah Gillow Kloster (Skeivt Arkiv, the Norwegian queer archive)

Museums, citizenship and material resistance
Ingrid Berg and Fia Sundevall (Stockholm University)

12.30 Lunch

13.30 Showcase Workshops: How do we practically do LGBT History

Addressing one of the conferences ongoing commitments, these workshops focus on approaches and methodologies that are relevant to historicising LGBT lives and experiences. A limited number of free tickets are available to the public.

Statistical Approaches to LGBT History
Jeff Evans (Manchester Metropolitan University)
K G Valente (Colgate University)

Giving Voice: Using Oral History Methods to Reveal LGBT Lives

Molly Merryman (Kent State University)

Historicising Trans*

Stephen Whittle (Manchester Metropolitan University)

14.30 Paper Session 4

4A. Literary Insights and Dramatic Interventions

Twentieth century ‘gay’ literature as a valid and reliable source of historical insight
Andrew Herm (University of Sheffield)

The experience of shame in transgender individuals and communities: Some insight from Franz Kafka

Simona Giordano (University of Manchester)

“Passing for straight”: Reactions to the 1979 production of Bent
Chad McDonald (University of Bristol & University of Southampton)

4B. Exploring Sexuality, Gender and Identity through Material Culture

Finding Gender and Sexuality in Prehistory: A Case Study from Cyprus
Sarah Douglas (University of Manchester)

Varda: 50 years of LGBT art and visual culture
Charlotte Keenan (National Museums Liverpool)

Using archaeological methods to uncover and commemorate trans history
Lois Stone (University of Manchester)

16.00 Forum & Closing Remarks: The Future of LGBT History