Third Annual Goldsmiths Queer History Lecture to be delivered by curator and public historian E-J Scott.
It is ‘de rigueur’ to use terms like ‘hidden history’ and ‘lost history’ to justify the invisibility of queer narratives in museums, however, queer lives have not been hidden, insomuch as they have been deliberately ignored, erased and censored. Rather than suggesting queer history can’t be found, it is due time that the onus is placed on examining why it hasn’t been, because despite the thirst for queer history amongst audiences (both straight and LGBTIQ+ alike), the plethora of queer exhibitions marking the 50 year partial decriminalisation of homosexuality in 2017 have popped down as quickly as they popped up. What trace did they leave behind?
From community-created and curated exhibitions, such as the Museum of Transology, to the determination of DUCKIE to take queer working-class history out of the museum and back to the pub where it was made, this presentation will examine the validity of queer engagement outside the formal institutions which find it so difficult to permanently rewrite interpretation and so hard to diversify their workforces and so challenging to make the paradigm shift beyond their collection’s hetero- cis-normative biases.
A substantial amount of queer history has been made on the street and this address considers - is that ultimately, where it belongs?
E-J Scott is a curator, cultural producer, academic and fashion historian.
E-J’s recent curatorial projects include the Museum of Transology (Brighton Museum & Art Gallery until end of October, 2019) and the National Trust’s Prejudice & Pride podcasts (2018). He’s currently curating Queer & Now at Tate Britain (2018/19/20), West Yorkshire Queer Stories (MESMAC/Leeds City Museum/West Yorkshire Archives), Queer the Pier (Brighton Museum & Art Gallery, opening December, 2019) and PRINCESS: the Georgian Queers & Their Pleasure Gardens (DUCKIE).
He lectures in Contextual & Theoretical Studies at London College of Communication, University of the Arts London.
Venue: Ian Gulland Lecture Theatre, Whitehead Building, Goldsmiths
Time: 6:30pm with reception to follow
This event is free and open to the public but registration is necessary
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|29 Oct 2019||6:30pm - 8:30pm|
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