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A lecture by Laura Doan (University of Manchester), On the Entanglements of Queer Memory and History: The Case of Alan Turing

Fri, January 17, 2014 | CLA (College of Liberal Arts Building) 1.302E

12:00 PM - 1:15 PM

The LGBTQ/Sexualities Research Cluster presents:

A lecture by  
Laura Doan (University of Manchester)

On the Entanglements of Queer Memory and History: The Case of Alan Turing
For LGBT and queer-identified people aware of Alan Turing’s sexuality, his arrest in 1952 on charges of “gross indecency,” and his barbaric punishment (organotherapy, or chemical castration in lieu of prison), the spaces of commemoration take on added resonance, an encounter with the past historians associate with memory.  Notindividual memory, but collective memory, the social phenomenon or cultural dimension of what groups remember.  In this talk I propose to use Turing as a case study to prise memory, time, and history apart while also leaving them intertwined and messy.  

Laura Doan is Professor of Cultural History and Sexuality Studies at the University of Manchester.  She is the author of Disturbing Practices: History, Sexuality and Women's Experience of Modern War (Chicago, 2013) and Fashioning Sapphism: The Origins of a Modern English Lesbian Culture (Columbia, 2001), and editor or co-editor of several essay collections, including The  Lesbian Postmodern (Columbia 1994) and, with Jay Prosser, Palatable Poison: Critical Perspectives on The Well of Loneliness (Columbia, 2002) and, with Jane Garrity, Sapphic Modernities: Sexuality, Women, and National Culture, Palgrave, 2006).  Her current research project (Designs on Nature) inspects the workings of the homo/hetero binary arrangement across a range of discursive fields, including sexology, marital advice literature, sex education, early cinema, and eugenics.

Sponsored by: LGBTQ/Sexualities Research Cluster

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