Medieval and military sexualities discussed in LGBT+ research seminar

Posted by es328 at Feb 14, 2017 12:22 PM |
University of Leicester to present free public event on Thursday 16 February as part of a number of events for LGBT+ History Month

Issued by University of Leicester Press Office on 14 February 2017

As part of LGBT+ History Month 2017, the University of Leicester will host a free public event showcasing research into LGBT+ identities, including during the medieval period and throughout military history on Thursday 16 February between 12pm and 1pm.

The event will be presented by academics, Professor Phillip Shaw, Dr Emma Parker, Robert Payne and Dr David Clark, from the University of Leicester’s School of Arts.

Professor Shaw will present findings from the Passions of War research network which brings together a range of international participants to investigate the influence of war on constructions of gender and sexual practices.

Some of the topics covered by Professor Shaw will include “military masculinities, war-time intimacies and cross-dressing soldiers.”

He said: “The focus will be on what academics have discovered about the relations between gender, sexuality and conflict in a range of sources, both literary and historical, from the early modern period to the present day.”

Robert Payne will address the portrayal of planned lesbian mothering in two French autobiographies.

Robert said: “LGBT people’s demands for marriage equality and the right to start a family are an important dimension of the modern LGBT movement, in France as in other Western countries.”

Dr David Clark will be talking about how we approach the topic of LGBT+ identities in the medieval period.

He will explore what contemporary understandings of sexuality can tell us about the past, and how medieval sexualities can help us question our own assumptions in the present.

Dr Parker will discuss how Leicester-born playwright Joe Orton articulated his artistic sensibility and sexuality through music.

This year marks the 50th anniversary of Joe Orton’s death and the University is hosting a number of events to commemorate his work in the Joe Orton: 50 Years On project.

The University also hosts the Joe Orton Collection which includes manuscripts, letters and other original written material.

The research seminar is free to University of Leicester staff, students and the public and will be held in the Belvoir Park Annexe, Charles Wilson Building Second Floor between 12pm – 1pm on Thursday 16 February.

The University of Leicester is hosting a wide range of events for LGBT+ History Month including a screening of Rolla Selback’s award winning film Three Veils followed by a Q&A session with Rolla, a guest lecture by Guardian journalist, feminist and transgender activist Jane Fae and an evening with LGBT+ rights activist Tom Robinson.

There will also be informal socials and seminars throughout the month and the opportunity to see Moonlight, one of the most critically acclaimed films of 2016, at the Phoenix cinema for free.

A full list of events can be found here

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