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Queer History Reading Group

So, what is the Queer History Reading Group?

The purpose of this reading 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, 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 on a twice-termly basis, along with joint seminars. We hope this group to be able to contribute fruitfully on ways to queer the archive and other spaces inhabited by historians.

Call For Participation

We are looking for participation in the academic year 2019/2020. This participation can take the form of running a session or contributing a blog post.

The purpose of this reading group is to provide a forum for scholars - at all stages of their careers - to discuss queer history in an intellectually rigorous but supportive context. We hope to provide opportunities for students to present their research and speak about topics that interest them. We would like to invite proposals from graduate students and early-career fellows working on topics related to queer and queer history. Some examples of previous sessions held include:

- 'Queering the Archive, Archiving the Queer'
- Queerness & Class
- Queer Selfhoods: Sodomy Trials and Gay Subculture in Eighteenth-Century - England
- 'Queer and Muslim' A Discussion Panel
- Worlding Queerness in Asia

We are looking for proposals that cover any period, theme, and region. The sessions can take any format and we encourage submissions that enable different ways of learning as well as more traditional formats such as workshops and seminars.

We are willing to work around your availability and are looking to hold sessions from this call in the Spring Term (Monday 6th Jan 2020 - Saturday 14th March 2020) and the Summer Term (Monday 20th April - Saturday 27th June 2020).

We are also looking for contributions to our blog and encourage submissions that range from more formal articles to informal thought pieces and reviews. Articles should not exceed 1800-2000 words in length, whilst reviews should not exceed 1000 words.

Abstracts should be:

- Maximum 250 words.
- Submitted with a brief bibliography of the author (max. 100 words); including your institution, department and research interests.
- State clearly whether you would like to submit for running a session or a blog post.
- State your rough availability in Spring term, Summer term or both.
- Be submitted by 31st October 2019.

Please email abstracts to Queerhistory at warwick dot ac dot uk. Or get in touch via Facebook or Twitter.

Make sure to check out this page for future events and the Previous Events tab to see what we have previously done.

We look forward to hearing from you!

Upcoming Events

When Feminism Wins: Gaining the Right to Abortion in Ireland with Professor Alibhe Smyth 

Friday 25th October, 2019 - 12-2pm - Venue: TBC

Centre for the Study of Women & Gender in collaboration with the Queer History Reading Group

More details to follow.

Joint Reading Group Session

Tuesday 19th November, 2019 - 1-2pm - Venue: TBC

In collaboration with the Global History and Culture Centre

Full details are yet to be confirmed.

Reading and discussing a few chapters from Gayatri Gopinath, Impossible Desires: Queer Diasporas and South Asian Public Cultures (Duke University Press: 2005)
Reading Images: Queer Re/presentation and Identity

Spring Term (Date TBC) - Time TBC - Venue: TBC

'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 photos you may have!

We want to hear event ideas and suggestions from you!

You can also write for our Blog!

Contact us via:

Facebook: @queerhistorywwk
Twitter: @QueerWarwick

Supported by:

Department of History, Warwick

Centre for the Study of Women and Gender, Warwick

Another India, Warwick

Co-conveners: Hannah Ayres & Somak Biswas

Organising Committee: Amal; Pierre Botcherby; Andrew Burchell & Louise Morgan

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