Why history? The return of the closet

Sharing insights from the past that help us to make sense of the present.

Same-sex desire has been, up until recently, a topic largely shrouded in shame, secrecy, and silence. As a result, it is often visualised through the image of ‘the closet,’ conveying notions of entrapment, protection, and potential liberation.

In this event, Dominic Janes will situate the debates around open and hidden sexuality and visual expressions of same-sex desire since the 18th century and before the term ‘the closet’ came into widespread use in the late 20th century.

He will also explore how the arts has helped to reveal new dimensions of identity politics, gender performance and queer culture as well as considering what ‘liberation’ means today, both the politicisation and repression of LGBT+ rights across Europe and elsewhere, and whether the media shapes or is shaped by public opinion regarding LGBT+ issues.

Interested? Its a zoom meting on Thursday 18 Feb 2021, 18:00 – 19:00. Click on this link or the image for more info and booking details.

This event is part of LGBT+ History Month 2021

My thanks to Theresa for passing this information on to me.

Footnote: Most of my early childhood was spent in the closet, trying on my sisters clothes!

Beccie


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