OUTing the Past 2019 | 29th – 31st March | Conference & Gathering Programme

Ulster University, Belfast Campus, York Street, Belfast (unless otherwise noted)

Last updated on 15th March 2019

Friday 29th March 2019

18:00 Conference & Gathering Launch and the 5th Annual Allan Horsfall Lecture, The MAC (Metropolitan Arts Centre) 10 Exchange Street West, Belfast BT1 2NJ

History as Personal, the Personal as History: A Journey into the LGBTQ Past and Present

Jeffrey Weeks was a pioneer of LGBTQ history in the 1970s. In this lecture he tells the story of the development of his thinking about the queer past and how it shapes the present. Our history, he argues is about memory, identity and belonging. It is also about questioning the taken for granted, challenging myths (including our own) and helping us to live with better understanding of the present and greater hope for the future.

Registered conference delegates are invited to attend the Allan Horsfall Lecture.

Free general public tickets can be obtained via Eventbrite (

Saturday 30th March 2019

Please visit Presenter Biographies for more information on the presenters identified below.

08:15 Registration (Ground Floor Foyer)

09:00 Welcome & Opening Remarks (Conor Lecture Theatre)

Sue Sanders, Professor Emeritus, Harvey Milk Institute and Chair of Schools OUT UK
Emma Vickers, Liverpool John Moores University and Conference Coordinator
Ulster University representatives from the International Conflict Research Institute
Jeffrey Weeks, Professor Emeritus of Sociology, London South Bank University

09:45 Paper Session 1

1A. Interrogating Solidarity and Community Since the 1970s (Room BA-00-021)
Chair: Richard O’Leary, Queens University Belfast

Questioning “Lesbian” as Unifier: Black and White Lesbians in the U.S. South, 1970-2000
La Shonda Mims, Assistant Professor of History and Gender & Women’s Studies, Kennesaw State University, USA

Toward a History of Dutch Sexual Nationalism: The Anita Bryant Solidarity Campaign of 1977
Ann Marie Wilson, Assistant Professor of History. Leiden University College, Netherlands

The Gay Melting Pot: The Encounter of West and East and the Construction of Gay Solidarity in Mandatory Palestine and Early Israel
Yuval Yonay, Department of Sociology, University of Haifa, Israel

1B. Solidarity, Public Attitudes, and the Media (Room BA-00-022)
Chair: Hannah Gillow-Kloster, Skeivt Arkiv

Exploring the Archives of Public Attitudes to Same-sex Relationships in Northern Ireland: a BBC and ARK Collaboration
Paula Devine & Gemma Carney, School of Social Sciences, Education and Social Work, Queen’s University Belfast, Northern Ireland

Broadcasting Intimacy, Queering Social Uplift: The BBC’s Talks Experiments, 1927-1931
Katie Hindmarch-Watson, Assistant Professor of History, Johns Hopkins University, USA

Presenting Solidarity in the Nineteenth-Century Press
Billie-Gina Thomason, PhD Student, Liverpool John Moores University, England

11:15 Comfort Break (Ground Floor Foyer)

11:30 Discussion and Workshop Session (Room BA-00-021)

Round-Table Discussion: The Future of LGBTQ History in Irish and UK Universities

Justin Bengry, Lecturer in Queer History, Goldsmiths, University of London, England
Diarmuid Scully, Lecturer in History, University College, Cork, Ireland
Amy Tooth Murphy, Lecturer in Oral History, Royal Holloway, University of London, England
Emma Vickers, Senior Lecturer in History, Liverpool John Moores University, England
K G Valente (Moderator), Professor of LGBTQ Studies, Colgate University, USA

Workshop: Making and Presenting LGBTQ+ Films (Room BA-00-022)

Molly Merryman, Associate Professor of Sociology and Director of the Center for the Study of Gender & Sexuality, Kent State University, USA
Rainer Schulze, Emeritus Professor of Modern European History (Essex) and Independent Scholar, London, England

13:00 Lunch (Ground Floor Foyer)

A lunchtime reception is being planned with Harrington Park Press to mark the publication of Introduction to Transgender Studies by Ardel Haefele-Thomas ( Further information will be provided at the conference.

14:00 Paper Session 2 (Room BA-00-021)

2A. Archives and Heritage as Sites of Solidarity
Chair: Fidelma Ashe, Ulster University

Historical Research, Community and Queer Activism: The Haifa Queer History Project as a Case Study
Dotan Brom (videolink), MA Student & Co-founder of the Haifa Queer History Project
University of Haifa, Israel

Museums and the Archive: Joining Forces for Queer Historical Visibility
Hannah Gillow-Kloster, Academic Director, Skeivt Arkiv (the Norwegian Queer Archive), Norway

Telling Stories in Divided Times
Richard Sandell, Professor of Museum Studies, University of Leicester, England

2B. Examining Solidarity through Literary Sources and Cinematic Perspectives (Room BA-00-022)
Chair: Ed Madden, University of South Carolina

Queering the Taiwanese Status Quo
Giuseppe Grispino, MA (Ca’ Foscari University of Venice & Normal University of Beijing)
Colgate University, USA

Retelling LGBTQIA+ Histories: Intercutting Fiction with Archival Footage in Queer Film
Kevin Gaffney, PhD Researcher, Ulster University, Northern Ireland

Literature, Love, and the Law: The Legacies of Anti-LGBT Legislation in Britain and its Former Colonies
Christin Hoene, Leverhulme Early Career Fellow, School of English, University of Kent, England

15:30 Comfort Break (Ground Floor Foyer)

15:45 Panel Discussion: LGBTQ+ Rights in Northern Ireland – Past & Present (Conor Lecture Theatre)

This plenary session is being organised in conjunction with Cara-Friend. Further information will be provided at the conference.

17:00 Close of the Saturday Session

Evening Entertainment

Delegates are warmly invited to a drinks reception, which will commence at 17:30 in the ground floor foyer. There will be a culture crawl around Belfast following the reception.

Delegates are also invited to attend a performance of A Queer Céilí at the Marty Forsythe. See for details regarding the performance. The play is being produced by Kabosh in partnership with OUTing The Past, and the performance is dedicated to Danyon (Dan) Chesters (1973-2018) a dear friend of the festival and conference.

Sunday 31 March 2019

Note that British Summer Time is set to begin today by moving clocks forward by one hour!

09:30 Festival Briefing: Hosting and Organising LGBT History Month Hub Events (Room TBA)

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!

10:00 Paper Session 3

3A. Historicising Trans Lives, Activism, and Solidarity (Room BA-00-021)
Chair: Justin Bengry, Goldsmiths, University of London

We Have Been Here Before: Finding Strength and Creating Solidarity in the Present through Past Trans Narratives
Ardel Haefele-Thomas, Chair of LGBT Studies, City College of San Francisco, USA

Ovid and the Transgender Scythians
Cheryl Morgan, Independent Scholar & Co-chair, OutStories Bristol, England

The Emergence of a Transgender Rights Movement in 1990s Victoria, Australia
Noah Riseman, Associate Professor of History. Australian Catholic University, Australia

3B. LGBT+ Experiences with Remediation and Reconciliation (Room BA-00-022)
Chair: Amy Tooth Murphy, Royal Holloway, University of London

Repaired by Therapy: The Origins and Persistence of Conversion Therapy in the United States
Seth Anderson, PhD Student. Boston University, USA

LGB&T Experiences of Political Conflict and Visions of Peace
Fidelma Ashe, Reader in Politics and Member of the Transnational Justice Institute, Ulster University, Northern Ireland

LGBT Stories and Storytellers in the Anglican Church of Ireland, 1976-2017
Richard O’Leary, Visiting Research Fellow, Queen’s University Belfast, Northern Ireland

11:30 Comfort Break (Ground Floor Foyer)

11:45 Origins, Missions and Visions of Queer Britain, the National LGBTQ+ Museum (Conor Lecture Theatre)

Joseph Galliano, Co-founder & CEO of Queer Britain, England
Molly Merryman, Queer Britain Research Director, Kent State University, USA

13:00 Lunch (Ground Floor Foyer)

A lunchtime reception is being planned in conjunction with Queer Britain and the Kent State University Center for the Study of Gender and Sexuality for those who would like to learn about becoming involved in the museum project ( Further information will be provided at the conference.

14:00 Paper Session 4 (Room BA-00-021)

4A. Research, Curation, and Representation: Innovations and Repercussions
Chair: Ardel Haefele-Thomas, City College of San Francisco

LGBTQ+ Heritage, Digital Memories and Film Archives
Dagmar Brunow (videolink), Senior Lecturer in Film Studies. Linnaeus University, Sweden

Colm O’Clúbhån and the Theatre of the (Irish) Queer Diaspora
Ed Madden, Professor of English and Director of Gender Studies, University of South Carolina, USA

Who was Suleika Aldini? Rainer Schulze, Professor Emeritus of Modern European History (Essex) and Independent Scholar London, England

4B. Building and Documenting Communities (Room BA-00-022)
Chair: Noah Riseman, Australian Catholic University

Filming British Gay Leather History
Rob Eagle, PhD (University of the West of England) and Documentary Filmmaker Bristol, England

Students & Gay Rights Activism in Irish Universities, 1970-1990s
Patrick McDonagh, PhD Researcher, European University Institute, Italy

Failed Projects and Lonely Hearts: Der Kreis and the Italian Homophiles
Alessio Ponzio, PhD (Politics, Universitá Roma Tre) and PhD Student (History) University of Michigan, USA

15:30 Closing Comments (Ground Floor Foyer)