Presenter Biographies

Seth Anderson, PhD Student, Boston University, USA

J. Seth Anderson is a PhD student at Boston University. The history of conversion therapy in the United States is the topic of his dissertation. Anderson and his husband, Dr. Michael Ferguson, were part of a first-of-its-kind consumer fraud lawsuit that shut down a conversion therapy organization in 2015. They were also the first same-sex couple legally married in Utah in 2013.

Fidelma Ashe is Reader in Politics and a member of the Transnational Justice Institute, Ulster University, Northern Ireland.

Justin Bengry, Lecturer in Queer History, Goldsmiths, University of London, England

Justin Bengry convenes the world’s first MA in Queer History. He completed a PhD in History and Feminist Studies at the University of California after which he held fellowships in Canada and the UK. He was the lead researcher on Historic England’s project ‘Pride of Place: England’s LGBTQ Heritage’. He has published widely on LGBTQ histories and is committed to public history and outreach. Justin’s book The Pink Pound: Capitalism and Homosexuality in Twentieth-Century Britain is under contract with the University of Chicago Press.

Dotan Brom is an MA Student & Co-founder of the Haifa Queer History Project, University of Haifa, Israel.

Dagmar Brunow, Senior Lecturer in Film Studies, Linnaeus University, Sweden

Dagmar Brunow is a senior lecturer of film studies at Linnaeus University in Växjö (Sweden) and has also taught gender studies at Södertörn University (Sweden). Her research centres on questions of memory, the archive, video collectives and the essay film. She was awarded a three-year grant by the Swedish Research Council for her research project “The Cultural Heritage of the Moving Image” (2016-2018). Author of Remediating Transcultural Memory. Documentary Filmmaking as Archival Intervention (Berlin/Boston: de Gruyter, 2015); (co)- editor of Stuart Hall. Aktivismus, Pop & Politik (Main: Ventil, 2015), Queer Cinema (with S. Dickel, Mainz: Ventil, 2018) and of the special issue “Scandinavian cinema culture and archival practices” of the Journal of Scandinavian Cinema (with I. Stigsdotter, 2/2017). Dagmar has been a longstanding member of the alternative radio collective FSK 93,0 in Hamburg, has been one of the organizers of Ladyfest Hamburg, and is also a programmer at the Hamburg International Queer Film Festival.

Paula Devine & Gemma Carney, School of Social Sciences, Education and Social Work, Queen’s University Belfast, Northern Ireland

Paula Devine and Gemma M Carney are both members of the ARK ( team, and are based in the School of Social Sciences, Education and Social Work at Queen’s University Belfast. Paula is coordinator of the Northern Ireland Life and Times Survey ( Gemma is a lecturer in Social Policy.

Rob Eagle, Documentary Filmmaker, Bristol, England

Rob Eagle’s PhD in the Digital Cultures Research Centre at UWE Bristol explores ways of using interactive and immersive technology to represent genderqueer nonfiction embodied narratives. His practice-led research takes him through industry, advocacy and academia to create work that is accessible for wide audiences and yet rooted in extensive scholarship. As a producer/director of film, audio and virtual reality documentaries, his work in recent years has examined the convergence of nonfiction storytelling, immersive theatre and interactive art.

Kevin Gaffney, PhD Researcher, Ulster University, Northern Ireland

Kevin Gaffney is an artist filmmaker currently pursuing a PhD with practice at Ulster University, researching representations of queerness and homonormativity in cinema. He graduated from the Royal College of Art in 2011 with an MA Photography and Moving Image, and was awarded the first Sky Academy Arts Scholarship for an Irish artist in 2015. He was an UNESCO-Aschberg laureate artist in residence at the National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art’s Changdong Residency in South Korea (2014) and received the Kooshk Artist Residency Award to create a new film in Iran (2015). A monograph of his work, Unseen By My Open Eyes, was published in 2017.

His work is part of the Irish Museum of Modern Art’s collection and has been shown in exhibitions and film festivals internationally, including: Korean Queer Film Festival (2018); Cork Film Festival (2016); European Media Art Festival (Germany, 2016); and the 10th Imagine Science Film Festival (New York, 2017). Solo exhibitions include: CAI02 Contemporary Art Institute (Japan, 2014 & 2018); Millennium Court Arts Centre (Northern Ireland, 2017); Block 336 curated by Kathleen Soriano (London, 2017); and Ormston House (as part of EVA’s Public Programme, 2018).

Joseph Galliano is Co-Founder and CEO of Queer Britain, a major donor fundraiser, LGBTQ+ corporate strategist and former editor of Gay Times

Hannah Gillow-Kloster, Academic Director, Skeivt arkiv (the Norwegian Queer Archive), Norway

Hannah Gillow-Klosterholds an MA in Digital Humanities, and has worked with increasing the visibility of queer history through online and in person dissemination, queer historic research and digital archiving.

Giuseppe Grispino, Independent Scholar, Colgate University, USA

Giuseppe Grispino holds a Double Master’s Degree in Asian Languages and Civilization from Ca’ Foscari University of Venice and Capital Normal University of Beijing. His research interest spans from LGBTQ+ activism in China and Taiwan to contemporary Chinese and Taiwanese queer literature. He graduated full marks with a thesis on contemporary Taiwanese queer author Qiu Miaojin (1969- 1995).

Ardel Haefele-Thomas, Chair of LGBT Studies, City College of San Francisco, USA

Ardel Haefele-Thomas is a nonbinary trans person who is the author of Introduction to Transgender Studies (2019 Harrington Park Press/Columbia University Press) – the first introductory book to the field of study. They are also the co-author (with Aaron Devor) of Transgender: A Reference Text (2019 ABC-CLIO Press). Haefele-Thomas serves as Chair of LGBT Studies at City College of San Francisco, which was the first LGBT Studies Department in the United States, and the second in the world. They received their Ph.D. in the Program in Modern Thought and Literature with a Minor in History from Stanford University. Other publications include: Queer Others in Victorian Gothic: Transgressing Monstrosity (2012 University of Wales Press), numerous articles on trans and queer gothic, and have served as the guest editor for Victorian Review’s special edition – Trans Victorians (2019).

Katie Hindmarch-Watson, Assistant Professor of History, Johns Hopkins University, USA

Research interests: The cultural history of Modern Britain, gender & sexuality, communications, and labour. Her current manuscript is entitled Dispatches from the Underground: telecommunications workers and the making of an information capital, 1870-1916. LGBT+ related publications include:

“Sex, Services, and Surveillance: The Cleveland Street Scandal revisited” History Compass 14 (2016): 283-291.

“Male Prostitution and the London GPO: “Telegraph Boy ‘Immorality’ from Nationalization to the Cleveland Street Scandal” Journal of British Studies 51 (2012): 594-617.

“Lois Schwich, the Female Errand Boy: Narratives of Female Cross-Dressing in Late Victorian London,” GLQ: the Journal of Gay and Lesbian Studies 14 (2008): 69-98.

Christin Hoene, University of Kent, England

Christin Hoene is the Leverhulme Early Career Fellow in the School of English at the University of Kent. Her current work focuses on depictions of sound and sound technology in colonial literature and on the history of the radio in the context of the British Empire. She is the author of Music and Identity in Postcolonial British South-Asian Literature (Routledge, 2015). Her next research project will be a comparative and interdisciplinary analysis of the legal and cultural origins and legacies of anti-LGBT legislation across the British Empire.

Ed Madden, Professor of English and Director of Gender Studies, University of South Carolina, USA

Professor of English and director of Gender Studies at the University of South Carolina, Ed Madden is the author of recent and forthcoming essays on queer Irish cultures in Éire-Ireland, Irish University Review, Breac, and Performance Ireland. He was a 2010 research fellow at the NUIG Centre for Irish Studies, a 2016 research fellow at Richmond American University in London, and the 2017 Neenan Research Fellow at Boston College Ireland. Also a poet, he performed Ark, a performance piece about his father’s hospice care and dying, at the 2017 Outfest in Belfast.

Patrick McDonagh, PhD Researcher, European University Institute, Italy

Patrick McDonagh has just completed his PhD at the European University Institute, Florence. His project explored the history of gay and lesbian activism in the Republic of Ireland, c.1973-1994.

Molly Merryman, Associate Professor of Sociology and Director of the Center for the Study of Gender & Sexuality, Kent State University, USA

Molly Merryman is the director and producer of 11 research-based documentary videos. She is the vice president of the International Visual Sociology Association and research director for Queer Britain: the national LGBTQ+ museum.

La Shonda Mims, Assistant Professor of History and Gender & Women’s Studies, Kennesaw State University, USA

Mims is the recipient of the Catherine Prelinger Award and Scholarship, presented by the Coordinating Council for Women in History. In 2014, the National Park Service invited her to join its Scholars Roundtable for their ongoing LGBTQ Heritage Initiative research project.  Mims regularly presents her work at a variety of conferences, including the Urban History Association, the National Women’s Studies Association, Lesbian Lives, the Southern Historical Association, and the American Historical Association. Drastic Dykes and Accidental Activists: Lesbians, Identity, and the New South, her manuscript in progress, explores lesbian life in Atlanta, Georgia, and Charlotte, North Carolina, from World War II to the present. Mims’s recent publications include a forthcoming article in the Journal of Women’s History.

Cheryl Morgan, Independent Scholar & Co-chair of OutStories Bristol, England

Cheryl Morgan is a co-chair of OutStories Bristol, an LGBT History organization, and lectures regularly on trans history, and on trans themes in science fiction and fantasy literature. In 2018 she has given papers and presentations at the LGBT History Month events in Bristol, Bath and London; at the Universities of Cambridge, Manchester and the West of England; at the OUTing the Past 2018 conference in Liverpool; and at an LGBT+ Classics conference at Reading University. She has had articles published on the Notches and History Matters websites.

Alessio Ponzio, PhD Student, University of Michigan, USA

Alessio Ponzio received his PhD in history and politics from the Universitá Roma Tre and is now pursuing a second degree at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, in women’s studies and history. Ponzio is currently working on his dissertation “Speaking the Unspeakable. Scandals, Murders, and the History of Italian Post-Fascist Male Homosexualities.” Ponzio is author of several articles and two books. His last monograph, Shaping the New Man. Youth Training Regimes in Fascist Italy and Nazi Germany was published by the University of Wisconsin Press in 2015. Ponzio was accorded honorable mention (Gregory Sprague Price 2015) by the Committee on LGBT History of the American Historical Association for his unpublished paper: “From Uomini to Omosessuali. The Homosexualization of the Marchettari in the Italian Popular Discourse (1952-65).” Ponzio has held fellowships at the Newhouse Center for the Humanities at Wellesley College and the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton.

Richard O’Leary, Visiting Research Fellow, Queen’s University Belfast, Northern Ireland

Richard O’Leary is a former Lecturer in Sociology at Queen’s University, Belfast (2000-2010) and a former Research Fellow at Oxford University (1997-2000). He has published numerous academic articles on the sociology of marriage and religion. He has been an LGBT campaigner and was co-founder in 2007 of the Christian pro-LGBT organization Changing Attitude Ireland. More recently he has been doing performance storytelling, including his solo stage show “There’s a Bishop in My Bedroom”.

Noah Riseman, Associate Professor of History, Australian Catholic University, Australia

Noah Riseman is an associate professor of history at Australian Catholic University. He is co-author of Serving in Silence? Australian LGBT Servicemen and Women (New South, 2018) and Defending Country: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Military Service since 1945 (UQP, 2016). This paper is part of an Australian Research Council Discovery project on the history of transgender people in Australia.

Richard Sandell, Professor of Museum Studies, University of Leicester, England

Richard Sandell is Professor of Museum Studies at the University of Leicester.  As part of the Research Centre for Museums and Galleries he works collaboratively with cultural institutions on projects that generate new insights and advance thinking and practice around their social roles, responsibilities and agency.  He led the research partnership between the National Trust and the University of Leicester that underpinned a major national public programme – Prejudice and Pride – in 2017. His most recent book, Museums, Moralities and Human Rights, published by Routledge in 2017, explores how museums, galleries and heritage sites of all kinds – through the narratives they construct and publicly present – contribute to shaping the moral and political climate within which human rights are experienced, continually sought and fought for, realised and refused. Through a series of richly-drawn cases and a focus on same-sex love and desire and gender diversity, the book examines the ways in which museums are implicated in the ongoing struggle for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex human rights.  Itoffers new insights by bringing together, for the first time, the perspectives and experiences not only of those who work in, govern, fund and visit museums but also those of rights activists and campaigners who, at key moments in their struggle, have turned their attention to museums to advance their cause. His new book, with Robert Janes, is entitled Museum Activism and will be published by Routledge in January 2019.

Rainer Schulze, Emeritus Professor of Modern European History (University of Essex) and Independent Scholar, London, England

Rainer Schulze is particularly known for his work on the Holocaust and the non-Jewish victims of Nazi persecution. He is the film coordinator for LGBT History Month, a film programmer for London’s LGBTQ+ cross-arts GFEST – Gaywise FESTival and for the new TIC (Thurrock International Celebration) Film Festival in Grays, Essex, and he curates and presents the weekly LGBTIQ film programme “Tales from the Margins” on Latest LGBT+ TV, Brighton.

Diarmuid Scully, Lecturer in History, University College, Cork, Ireland

Diarmuid Scully’s main research area focuses on texts and images (maps) in relation to issues of identity and the Other. He recently developed and offered the first undergraduate module on LGBT Irish identities and history from the 1970s-2018s at UUC.

Billie-Gina Thomason, PhD Student, Liverpool John Moores University, England

Billie-Gina Thomason is a third year PhD candidate at Liverpool John Moores University where she completed her BA Joint Honours degree in History and English and her MRes in Modern History. Her research interests include nineteenth century gender politics and female to male gender passing. Her thesis explores how gender passing individuals performed a gender contrary to their biological identity in nineteenth century Britain, utilising the press, pamphlets and available census material.

Amy Tooth Murphy, Lecturer in Oral History, Royal Holloway, University of London, England

Amy Tooth Murphy is Lecturer in Oral History at Royal Holloway, University of London. She specialises in lesbian and queer oral histories and post-war lesbian history, with an emphasis on domesticity. Her other research interests include oral history theory and methodology, public history (particularly pertaining to queer history), feminist theory, lesbian literature, butch/femme cultures, queer theory, oral history and reading, memory and narrative, and reading and identity formation. Amy completed her PhD entitled, ‘Reading the Lives between the Lines: Lesbian Oral History and Literature in Post-War Britain’, at the University of Glasgow in 2012. Since then she has held postdoc positions at University of Edinburgh, University of East London and University of Roehampton. Amy is a Trustee of the Oral History Society, a member of the Raphael Samuel History Centre and a member of the Steering Committee of Women’s History Scotland. In her spare time she enjoys reading Tintin books and trying to master his hairstyle.

K G Valente, Professor of Mathematics and LGBTQ Studies, Colgate University, USA

Ken Valente holds a joint appointment as Professor of Mathematics and LGBTQ Studies at Colgate University. He has also held a number of key administrative posts, including Director of the Division of University (Interdisciplinary) Studies. His scholarship in the history of mathematics, science, and ideas has engaged both feminist and queer perspectives. Other work has been dedicated to documenting and disseminating the curricular history of LGBTQ Studies programs in higher education as well as examining the future development of these and related programs. He recently served as guest editor for a special issue of the Journal of Homosexuality entitled “25 Years On: The State and Continuing Development of LGBTQ Studies Programs.”

Emma Vickers, Senior Lecturer in History, Liverpool John Moores University, England

Emma Vickers is a senior lecturer in History at Liverpool John Moores University. Prior to this, she was a senior teaching fellow at Lancaster University and a lecturer in History at the University of Reading. Her first monograph, Queen and Country: Same Sex Desire in the British Armed Forces, 1939-1945 (MUP 2013) explores the intersection between same-sex desire and service in the British Armed Forces during the Second World War. Emma has published articles in the Lesbian Studies Journal (2009) and Feminist Review (2010). Her most recent work (with Corinna Peniston-Bird) is Lessons of War (Palgrave, 2017) which takes up the invitation offered by the 70th anniversary of the end of the Second World War to evaluate how gender history contributes, nuances and challenges existing understandings of the Second World War. She is also working on outputs arising from Dry Your Eyes Princess, a project which uses oral testimony to uncover the experiences of trans* personnel in the British Armed Forces before 2000. Following an award from the Arts Council, Emma worked with the photographer Stephen King on a series of photographs of her interviewees which were exhibited as part of Homotopia in Liverpool and Outburst in Belfast. Finally, she is also part of the AHRC network, Passions of War, a researcher on the European Union funded project ‘Gender citizenship and sexual rights in Europe’ and a member of the Oral History Society LGBTQ special interest group.

Ann Marie Wilson, Assistant Professor of History, Leiden University College, Netherlands

Ann Marie Wilson earned her PhD in history in 2010 from Harvard University, where she wrote a dissertation on American international humanitarianism in the nineteenth century. In 2011, she moved to the Netherlands to help build the new international honours college of Leiden University. Since then, she has shifted her focus to modern Dutch history, but retains an interest in transnational social movements. Her presentation draws on research for a broader project about the way North American protest repertoires travel and translate in a Dutch context, particularly in the realms of feminism, anti-racism, and LGBTQ rights.

Yuval Yonay, Department of Sociology, University of Haifa, Israel

Yuval Yonay received his Ph.D. at Northwestern University (1991) and teaches since 1993 at the University of Haifa. He published a book and articles on the history and epistemic culture of mainstream economics and on Israeli Palestinians’ status in the Israeli labor market. During the ’90s Yuval was active in the Haifa GLBT organization and he belongs to the first generation of Israeli scholars studying and writing on GLBTQ issues.