Dispatches

Meet Me in St. Louis: History of Sexuality at the 2015 Organization of American Historians Conference

The 2015 Organization of American Historians annual meeting (OAH), takes place April 16-19, 2015 in St. Louis, Missouri. This year’s conference theme, “Taboos,” has engendered a number of exciting panels, museum displays and a walking tour related to the history of sexuality, which we have listed for our readers below. Are you attending […]

Scale – Spectacle – Spectatorship: Space as a Category of Queer Analysis

Andrea Rottmann “Making an Exhibition of Ourselves: Desiring Bodies, Practices and Histories” was the title of a panel sponsored by the Committee for LGBT History at this year’s American Historical Association’s Annual Meeting in New York. One of thirteen panels dedicated to “Promiscuous Interdisciplinarity,” the issues that participants debated ranged […]

Teaching Queer History

Chris Parkes In the bleary morning hours on day two of the 129th American Historical Association Conference five teachers and scholars treated the twenty or so occupants of Concourse Room F in the New York Hilton to a seminar entitled “Teaching Queer History”. Despite nearly half a century of research […]

Lines of Dissent at London Metropolitan Archives: Finding and Creating LGBTQ Histories

Claire Hayward On Saturday 6 December, historians, archivists and activists joined together at London Metropolitan Archives (LMA) to discuss ‘Lines of Dissent’. The 12th LGBTQ History and Archives Conference at LMA chose queer inheritance as its theme this year, which was run in collaboration with the Raphael Samuel History Centre (RSHC). (Disclaimer: […]

Queer Sex in the Archives: “Canonizing Homophile Sexual Respectability"

Whitney Strub Sometimes the queer stars align right when it’s needed most. Philadelphia has spent the past few decades effectively cultivating an LGBT-friendly reputation, as witnessed in last year’s groundbreaking trans-affirmative city ordinance. But a recent, vicious gaybashing incident in Center City, not to mention Pennsylvania’s unfortunate precedent as the […]