EVENT: Stonewall 50 Years On: Gay Liberation and Lesbian Feminism in its European Context

Organised in cooperation between the Manchester Centre for Public History and Heritage and the Raphael Samuel History Centre.

June 2019 marked the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots in New York City, often credited as the spark that set gay liberation alight, not just in the United States, but around the Western world. However, rather than a one-way flow from across the Atlantic, the European gay liberation and lesbian feminist movements that sprang up in the early 1970s were also influenced by national events, ideologies and imaginaries. They interacted with each other in a network of action and ideas. With this conference, we want to rethink the movements that Stonewall supposedly spawned in Europe. Join us to explore the national, European and transnational factors that gave rise to gay liberation.

Tickets – free, but please book by 1 December. Click here to book.

Outline Programme (click here for the full programme):

9.00 – 9.30 Tea and Coffee

9.30 – 9.45 Welcome and introductory remarks

9.45 – 10.45 Panel One – Protest Repertoires

10.45– 11.00 Tea and Coffee

11.00 – 12.30 Panel Two – Transatlantic Exchanges

12.30 – 1.30 Lunch

1.30 – 3.00 Panel Three – Emotions, Intimacies, Faith

3.00 – 3.15 Comfort break

3.15 – 4.15 Panel Four – Text and Action

4.15 – 4.45 Tea and Coffee

4.45 – 6.00 Roundtable

6.00 – 6.45 Wine reception

The conference is kindly supported by the ‘Youth, Gender and Sexuality’ group of Manchester Met’s History Research Centre, by the Manchester Centre for Public History and Heritage, by the Past and Present Society, and by the Royal Historical Society.

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