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Queer History Warwick

So, what is Queer History Warwick?

The purpose of this group is to provide a forum for scholars – at all stages of their careers and representing a variety of self-defined identities – to discuss queer history in an intellectually rigorous but supportive context. It will do this through a series of grouped and thematic readings, events, and workshops, often suggested by members, or in collaboration with prominent groups such as Feminist History Group, the Centre for the Study of Women and Gender and the Global History and Culture Centre, dealing with LGBT+ history, theory as well as approaches and pitfalls to its writing. Sessions are organised at least on a twice-termly basis, but often there are many more events - please check below for details!

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Upcoming Events

Reading Images: Queer Re/presentation and Identity

Tuesday 14th January 2020 - 5-7pm - Venue: OC1.03 (The Oculus)

Collaboration with the Student Union and the Institute for Advanced Teaching and Learning (IATL).

'Reading Images' will be an interactive session in which you will be asked to look at photographs of 'queer' objects/spaces/texts from museums and reflect on whether you personally connect to any of these re/presentations. We will use these images as jumping off points to reflect on queer re/presentation in museums and how history can gain new relevance for people's everyday lives.

Please feel free to bring along any queer history objects or photos that you may have!

Some suggested reading if this is a topic that you are particularly interested in:


Additional (if you are interested in the topic and would like to know more!):

Kate Davison - University of Melbourne

Power Flip: Examining the Personal Archive of a Bisexual Homosexual Aversion Therapist

Date TBC - Time TBC - Venue TBC

More details to be announced.

Nanette Screening & Discussion

Wednesday 5th February - 2-5:30pm (break 3:30-4pm) - Venue S0.18 & S0.20

Discussants: Dr Sharon Lockyer, Joseph Harrison (Warwick) & Amy Zala (Leicester)

Please be aware that this performance screening contains themes that some may find difficult.

You are free to watch Nanette at your leisure and join us afterwards for the discussion. If you are joining us for the whole event, the session will have the following schedule:

  • 2-3:30pm - S0.18 - Introduction and screening of Nanette
  • 3:30-4pm - S0.18 - Break
  • 4-5:30pm - S0.20 - Panel discussion and Q & A

Nanette Overview

"In her hilarious debut Netflix Original stand-up special, Hannah Gadsby: Nanette, comedian Hannah Gadsby gets up close and personal about her life and growing up gay on the small island of Tasmania. Recently hailed by the New York Times as a “major new voice in comedy,” Hannah keeps her audience at the Sydney Opera House laughing with her sharp observations as she takes aim at everything from pride parades, unsolicited opinions and the whole history of art before she turns her punchlines into sucker punches, silencing the laughs and flipping the art of comedy completely on its head."


Dr Sharon Lockyer is a Reader in Sociology & Communications at Brunel University London. Lockyer's research interests are around the areas of the sociology of mediated culture, critical comedy studies, media controversies and media representations with a particular interest in instances where humour and comedy excite social tension and moral controversy. Lockyer is also the director of the Centre for Comedy Studies Research at Brunel.

Joseph Harrison is a second year PhD student in the University of Warwick’s Department of Film and Television Studies. His project, ‘Too Gay for Broadcast: Digital Content Streaming and the Queering of Television’, examines the role queer programming has in television’s most recent augmentation: digital content streaming. He investigates whether digital content streaming is an example of queer disruption or further evidence of the assimilation of queers within the corporatist, heterosexist, patriarchal and de-racialised hegemony. During his MA, he presented the paper, ‘Queers on Screen(s): Commerce, Culture and Convergence’, at the University of York’s Rethinking Approaches in Theatre and Media postgraduate symposium. His research is funded by the University of Warwick’s CADRE (Centre for Arts Doctoral Research Excellence) Scholarship.

More details to be announced.

Dr Gemma Romain Event

Friday 7th February 2020 - 4-6pm - Venue: R3.41 (Ramphal Building, Third Floor)

Full details are yet to be confirmed.

Dr Gemma Romain is an independent historian that specialises in Caribbean and Black British history, with a focus on archives, art, and queer Black British histories; and on African-Caribbean diasporic histories with a focus on Grenada and Jamaica.

Romain will be running a workshop in which she will bring photocopies of original archival material from her book

Romain will be bringing photocopies of original archival material from her book Race, Sexuality and Identity in Britain and Jamaica: The Biography of Patrick Nelson, 1916-1963 (2017) and also unpublished research

Lola Olufemi (University of Cambridge)

Tuesday 18th February - 5-7pm - Venue OC1.04 (Oculus)

Lola Olufemi is a queer feminist writer and organiser and the co-author of A FLY Girl's Guide to University: Being a Woman of Colour at Cambridge and Other Institutions of Elitism and Power (Verve 2019).

This event forms part of a History Research Seminar Programme called 'The Politics of Diversity From Historical Perspective', the full programme can be found here.

Lucy Mooring - University of Warwick

Nowt As Queer As Folk

Date TBC - Time TBC - Venue TBC

More details to be announced.

Carlie Pendleton - Goldsmiths, University of London

Fattening Queer History, Queering Fat History: The London Fat Women's Conference of 1989

Date TBC - Time TBC - Venue TBC

More details to be announced.

Aidan Norrie - University of Warwick

When the King is/is not a Woman: Queering Elizabeth I

Date TBC - Time TBC - Venue TBC

More details to be announced

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Facebook: @queerhistorywwk
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Supported by:

Department of History, Warwick

Centre for the Study of Women and Gender, Warwick

Another India, Warwick

Founder: Somak Biswas

: Hannah Ayres

Organising Committee: Pierre Botcherby; Nick Cherryman & Louise Morgan

This group is a joint effort of PGR & PGT students and supported by members of staff in the History Department and other Centres.