‘Archives of Feeling’: the AIDS crisis in Britain, c.1987

Professor Matthew Cook’s inaugural lecture 

In this lecture marking World AIDS Day 2016, Prof. Cook traces the emotional landscape of Britain at a key turning point in the history of AIDS. Drawing chiefly on the astonishing testimonies of around 600 largely straight men and women, he describes feelings at stake in the epidemic, how they related to press and politics, how they shaped everyday lives, and how they played out for those dealing most directly with the escalating crisis. Prof. Cook argues that such ‘archives of feeling’ are fundamental to our understanding of intersecting social and intimate lives – past and present.


This event is free but booking is essential  www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/professor-matt-cook-inaugural-public-lecture-tickets-28420170495

Introduced by Professor Miriam Zukas

Vote of thanks by Professor Matthew Davies

1 December 2016, World Aids Day
6.00pm- 7.00pm
Followed by a drinks reception.

Venue: Birbeck, University of London, room to be announced.

cook_matt_0-e1424349404387Matt Cook is Professor of Modern History at Birkbeck, University of London. He is Birkbeck Director of the Raphael Samuel History Centre and the author and editor of a number of books, including London and the Culture of Homosexuality (2003) and Queer Domesticities (2014)


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