The Raphael Samuel Memorial Lecture 2009
Raphael Samuel (1934-1996)
6.30pm, Friday 27th November 2009
Bishopsgate Institute, 230 Bishopsgate, London EC2M 4QH (near Liverpool Street Station)
Making the Human Gesture: History, Sexuality and Social Justice.
The 1970s saw the rise of new social movements engaged with issues of sexuality. Historians inspired by these movements began writing histories of sexual life. This talk traces the development of sexual history since the 1970s, and shows the impact of changing sexual mores on modern attitudes to human rights and social justice.
Jeffrey Weeks is a leading historian and sociologist of sexuality. His 1977 book Coming Out was hugely influential, and he has since published many other landmark works, including Sexuality and Its Discontents (1985), Making Sexual History (2001), and The World We Have Won: the Remaking of Erotic and Intimate Life (2007) . Jeffrey Weeks is now Emeritus Professor at London South Bank University.
The lecture is free of charge and open to all, and will be followed by a wine reception.