OUTing the Past 2019 | 29th – 31st March | Provisional Conference Programme (subject to update)

Ulster University, Belfast Campus, Northern Ireland

Last updated on 20 December 2018

Friday 29th March 2019


18:00 Conference Launch and the 5th Annual Allan Horsfall Lecture Belfast City Hall (TBC)This year’s Allan Horsfall Lecture will be given by pioneering LGBT+ historian Jeffrey Weeks

Saturday 30th March 2019


08:15 Registration
Welcome & Opening Remarks: 9.00

Sue Sanders, Professor Emeritus, Harvey Milk Institute and Chair of Schools OUT UK Emma Vickers, Liverpool John Moores University and Conference Coordinator Ulster University representative(s) and hosts Jeffrey Weeks, Professor Emeritus and Horsfall Lecturer

Paper Session 1: 9.45
1A. Interrogating Solidarity and Community Since the 1970s

Questioning “Lesbian” as Unifier: Black and White Lesbians in the U.S. South, 1970-2000La

Shonda Mims (Kennesaw State University)

Toward a History of Dutch Sexual Nationalism: The Anita Bryant Solidarity Campaign of 1977

Ann Marie Wilson (Leiden University)

The Gay Melting Pot: The Encounter of West and East and the Construction of Gay Solidarity in Mandatory Palestine and Early Israel

Yuval Yonay (University of Haifa)

1B. Solidarity, Public Attitudes, and the Media: 9.45

Exploring the Archives of Public Attitudes to Same-sex Relationships in Northern Ireland: a BBC and ARK Collaboration

Paula Devine & Gemma Carney (Queen’s University Belfast)

Broadcasting Intimacy, Queering Social Uplift: The BBC’s Talks Experiments, 1927-1931

Katie Hindmarch-Watson (Johns Hopkins University)

Presenting Solidarity in the Nineteenth-Century Press

Billie-Gina Thomason (Liverpool John Moores University)

11:15 Coffee
Workshop and Discussion Sessions
Round-table Discussion: The Future of LGBTQ History in the UK: A Working Conversation: 11.30Justin Bengry (Goldsmiths, University of London)

Craig Griffiths (Manchester Metropolitan University)

Amy Tooth-Murphy (Royal Holloway, University of London)

Emma Vickers (Liverpool John Moores University)

K G Valente (Moderator, Colgate University)

Workshop: Making and Presenting LGBTQ+ Films: 11.30

Molly Merryman (Kent State University) & Rainer Schulze (Independent Scholar)

13:00 Lunch
Paper Session 2
2A. Archives and Heritage as Sites of Solidarity: 14.00

Historical Research, Community and Queer Activism: The Haifa Queer History Project as a Case Study

Dotan Brom & Yoav Zaritsky (University of Haifa)

Museums and the Archive: Joining Forces for Queer Historical Visibility

Hannah Gillow-Kloster (Skeivt Arkiv, the Norwegian Queer Archive)

Telling Stories in Divided Times

Richard Sandell (University of Leicester)

2B. Examining Solidarity through Literary Sources and Perspectives: 14.00

Queering the Taiwanese Status Quo

Giuseppe Grispino (Colgate University)

Literature, Love, and the Law: The Legacies of Anti-LGBT Legislation in Britain and its Former Colonies

Christin Hoene (University of Kent)

An Alternative Narrative of Queer Women in French Literature of the Fin de Siècle

Rachael Stockdale (Queen’s University Belfast)

15:30 Break
LGBT+ Issues and Activism in Northern Ireland: 16.00

This plenary session is being organised in conjunction with Cara-Friend

17:15 Close of the Saturday Session
Delegates are warmly invited to a drinks reception which will commence at 17.30. There will be a culture crawl around Belfast. Delegates can also attend a performance of A Queer Céilí at the Marty Forsythe. Click here for more details

Sunday 31 March 2019


09:30 Festival Briefing: Hosting and Organising LGBT History Month Hub Events

What’s involved in organising or contributing to a hub event for LGBT History Month 2020? Come along, find out, and be part of developing next year’s OUTing the Past Festival!

Paper Session 3
3A. Historicising Trans Lives, Activism, and Solidarity: 10.00

We Have Been Here Before: Finding Strength and Creating Solidarity In The Present Through Past Trans Narratives

Ardel Haefele-Thomas (City College of San Francisco)

Ovid and the Transgender Scythians

Cheryl Morgan (OutStories Bristol)

The Emergence of a Transgender Rights Movement in 1990s Victoria, Australia

Noah Riseman (Australian Catholic University)

3B. LGBT+ Experiences with Remediation and Reconciliation: 10.00

Repaired by Therapy: The Origins and Persistence of Conversion Therapy in the United States

Seth Anderson (Boston University)

LGB&T Experiences of Political Conflict and Visions of Peace

Fidelma Ashe (Ulster University)

LGBT Stories and Storytellers in the Anglican Church of Ireland, 1976-2017

Richard O’Leary (Independent Scholar)

11:30 Coffee
Origins, Missions and Visions of Queer Britain, the National LGBTQ+ Museum: 11.45

This plenary session will be facilitated by Joseph Galliano (CEO of Queer Britain) & Molly Merryman (Kent State University)

13:00 Lunch
Paper Session 4
4A. Research, Curation, and Representation: Innovations and Repercussions: 14.00 

LGBTQ+ Heritage, Digital Memories and Film Archives

Dagmar Brunow (Linnaeus University)Colm Ó Clubhan

Ed Madden (University of South Carolina)

Who was Suleika Aldini?

Rainer Schulze (Independent Scholar)


4B. Building and Documenting Communities: 14.00

Filming British Gay Leather History

Rob Eagle (University of the West of England)

Students & Gay Rights Activism in Irish Universities, 1970-1990s

Patrick McDonagh (European University Institute)

Failed Projects and Lonely Hearts: Der Kreis and the Italian Homophiles

Alessio Ponzio (University of Michigan)

15:30 Closing Comments