Voices Lost and Found: Marking 50 Years since the Decriminalisation of Homosexuality
Thursday 23 November, 6:30-9:00pm, London
Identity politics is arguably the defining cultural discourse of our time. It is also an essential part of conceptualising what it means to be human. This year, as part of the Being Human Festival, Palgrave Macmillan is proud to host an event marking 50 years since the decriminalisation of homosexuality in the United Kingdom. This varied debate, looking at the evolution of gay, lesbian and queer representation across history, literature and media, will delve into what it has meant to be a ‘lost’, marginalised and even criminalised voice, and examine to what degree historically marginalised voices have been ‘found’ since this momentous Act of Parliament was passed.
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Chair and Speakers
- Sean Brady - Lecturer in Modern British and Irish History at Birkbeck and editor of Palgrave’s Genders and Sexualities in History series. Co-editor of What is Masculinity?
- Helen Smith - Senior Lecturer at the University of Lincoln. Author of Masculinity, Class and Same-Sex Desire in Industrial England, 1895-1957.
- Kofi Campbell - Associate Dean of the Faculty of Liberal Arts and Associate Professor in English at Wilfrid Laurier University. Author of The Queer Caribbean Speaks.
- Jane Traies - Research Associate at the Sussex Centre for Cultural Studies and a member of the Sussex Centre for Life History and Life Writing, University of Sussex. Author of The Lives of Older Lesbians.
- Amber Regis - Lecturer in Nineteenth-Century Literature at the University of Sheffield. Author of The Memoirs of John Addington Symonds.
Being Human: A Festival of the Humanities
Led by the School of Advanced Study, University of London, in partnership with the Arts & Humanities Research Council and the British Academy, Being Human is the UK’s only national festival of the humanities. Taking place annually at venues across the UK, it highlights the ways in which the humanities can inspire and enrich our everyday lives, help us to understand ourselves, our relationships with others, and the challenges we face in a changing world. This year’s festival is taking place between 15 – 24 November, with the theme 'Origins and Endings.'