In the year marking the 50th anniversaries of both the Stonewall Riots in the US and West Germany’s decriminalization of male homosexuality, the Gay Museum Berlin has launched an exhibition exploring those transatlantic connections. Christopher Ewing explores, in conversation with the exhibition’s co-curator, Birgit Bosold.
Histories of the Present
James Grannell explores the important role that Gay Health Action played in demystifying information about HIV and AIDS prevention in 1980s Ireland. GHA’s matter-of-fact publications sought to ‘meet people where they were’.
Delving into Sri Lanka’s colonial past, Shamara Wettimuny shows how the ‘Easter attacks’, or recent anti-Muslim violence has its roots in the ethno-nationalistic paradigm of the island.
What was the link between the famous Dunnes Store strike in Ireland and the anti-apartheid movement? Pádraig Durnin delves into a history of transnational solidarity and local trade unionism.
What is a ‘photography of the East’? Taking the case of the ‘paradise island’ of Ceylon, Vindhya Buthpitiya explores how the island’s photographic past survives in fragments, glimpses, memories and fading archives.
The international community is facing numerous migration crises, much like those that drove the development of international refugee rights and protections in the twentieth century. But instead of embracing and strengthening legal mechanisms to protect these people, we are seeing them undermined by nationalist and anti-democratic forces. With that in mind, the historical context in which international rights for asylum seekers developed offers important perspective on what makes them valuable.
For the first fifty years of Irish independence, domestic violence was shrouded in secrecy and denial. Cara Diver explores how feminist reformers shattered the illusion that the home was always a site of safety for women and their children.
Banner Tales is a collaboration between geographers and Glasgow Museums staff. The project has encouraged reflection on the relationship between material cultures and the makings of solidarity.
How can commemorating our activist past help to build new hope for political change? Looking back to 1969, when she received news of the Stonewall riots and the American Indian occupation of Alcatraz, Jewelle Gomez explores the significance of these vitally interlinked events that shaped her personal and political identity.
What does the controversy about York’s commemorative plaque to Anne Lister suggest about the historical recovery of queer women’s identities? Anna Clark explores.