LGBTQ+ history is inseparable from the history of LGBTQ+ activism. Indeed LGBTQ+ history is a historical marker of debates, possibilities and challenges in the ways in which we talk about sexuality and about the past. What it is we are doing when we recover queer lives in the past?
Prof Robinson will outline how lesbian and gay history has marked lesbian and gay activism from the gay liberation front, through the onslaught of AIDS and to the current context. At each point in this story, histories have been used to critique the present, uncover structures of discrimination, and to demonstrate individual and collective resistance.
Prof. Robins will present extracts from the recent documentary project Queerama and situate it in this longer and messy history of uncovering, documenting and sharing queer histories. The film was self-consciously built on the work of queer, lesbian and gay historians. Through a Q&A with film maker Daisy Asquith, Prof. Robins will invite you to share your ideas about how we should collect, collate and share queer stories today.
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Everyone! Specifically, people with interest in film culture and LGBTQ+ history.