As part of HWO’s ‘Remembering Stonewall’ feature, writer and activist Nivea Castro recounts her own memories of the riot in New York City in 1969.
Histories of the Present
What are we memorialising when we commemorate the Stonewall riots? In the first of a series of articles marking Stonewall’s 50th anniversary, Christopher Gioia reflects on the development of the Stonewall legend.
As Black films begin to take more spotlight in Hollywood, Owen Walsh examines the historical – and ongoing – connection between Black cinema and radical politics.
How does Scotland remember the hundreds of Scottish volunteers who fought in the Spanish Civil War? The continued existence – even vibrancy – of the commemorative community surrounding Scottish involvement in the Spanish Civil War poses valuable questions for the historian, as Fraser Raeburn explores.
Housing protests in Sixties Ireland framed activism within narratives of domestic political commemoration, and within broader social movements of the decade. What lessons can modern protest groups learn about the power of political commemoration?
During the Second World War, some 34,000 women were used as prostitutes in Nazi-run brothels across occupied Europe. Their forgotten experience provides the inspiration for Mary Chamberlain’s new novel The Hidden.
Tensions about the rights of native and foreign-born workers in Britain, and attempts to deal with them, are not new but have been the subject of public debate for centuries. Even during the later Middle Ages, the influx of alien workers and its implications for the employment of English-born people was high on the agenda, provoking political crises and prompting the central government to issue new legislation.
Kieran Connell takes us through his personal journey on what brought him to researching Handsworth, an inner city locality in Birmingham, and what it might tell us about multiculturalism in modern Britain.
Jessica Hinchy writes on how colonial officials sought to eliminate and ‘fix’ the gender identity of ‘Hijras’, who are often termed ‘transgender’, and the contemporary resonance of this process.
What is the role of space and place in the commemoration of Peterloo? Katrina Navickas explores the massacre’s legacy in the streets of Manchester.