‘The Making of the Modern Homosexual’ Revisited


Announcement of forthcoming seminar

50 Years of Essex Sociology: A seminar sponsored by the Department of Sociology and the Centre for Intimate and Sexual Citizenship

‘The Making of the Modern Homosexual’ Revisited

 A discussion between Ken Plummer and Jeffrey Weeks and other contributors chaired by Gregg Blachford and an update with Róisín Ryan-Flood.

Thursday March 19th 2015

Essex Sociology Department


Room 6.345 followed by a reception


The Essex Sociology Department was prominent in the study of lesbian, gay and ‘queer’ lives in the mid 1970s; and this work continues to flourish today in the Centre for Intimate and Sexual Citizenship (CISC).

This seminar will consider The Making of the Modern Homosexual and its ultimate bridge to CISC. The book was published in 1981 and brought together a number of students and staff then studying in this field: the seminar will reunite some of those contributors to discuss how the book evolved, how it came to pose new questions and theories for the study of ‘homosexuality’, and how these ideas ultimately developed. The seminar will be held in memory of Mary McIntosh, who was a prominent member of the department between 1975 and 1996 and the first woman chair (1986-9), who died in 2013.

The seminar will be followed by a reception to which all are invited.

 Delegates from outside the university are welcome to attend. Further details can be provided if they contact Ken Plummer in advance. (plumkessex@gmail.com).

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