Welcome to CamQueerHistory! We're a group of undergrads, grads and staff at the University of Cambridge - returning after a pandemic-hiatus in 2021 to put on events for LGBTQ+ History Month 2022! We'd like to thank CUSU, Corpus MCR, Caius SCR, Encompass Network and LGBTQ+@cam for their support in funding our events. See our event calendar below for what is organised :)

Our events are all free to attend, and everyone is welcome - you don't have to be in any way associated with the University of Cambridge!

Overlapping activisms and the future of the queer rights struggleFebruary Tuesday 8th 2022, 5-6:30pm
Nicola Field, Tamsin Omond, Omie Dale and Hakan Sandal-Wilson (chair)Online
Assertions that solidarity is essential if we are to make progress are commonplace in activist discourse—in MLK’s words, “We are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality.” Yet solidarity between movements is no automatic or easy thing. In this panel discussion event, our speakers will take a long view on the overlaps of queer activism with other forms of activism.

Tamsin Omond is a co-founder of XR and was the first openly non-binary person to stand for the leadership of a national party in the UK (the Green Party in 2021); they are also the author of two books.

Nicola Field is a writer, activist and artist based in south London - she was an original member of LGSM, and has been involved in feminist, socialist and anti-racist activism in addition to queer activism.

Omie Dale is the Press Officer of UK Black Pride. She is currently involved in distributing microgrants to community groups following UKBP's survey looking at the experience of LGBTQIA+ PoC during lockdown. She also works in the sport sector, and looks at the participation rates and barriers faced by the LGBT+ community and people of colour with the Black Swimming Association, Pride in Water, and Freestyle Friday, an LGBT+ weekly swim meet.

Chair, Hakan Sandal-Wilson is an academic at Cambridge whose work looks at the intersection of ethnic, gender and sexual identities during war (among other things); he is also involved in Amnesty UK's LGBTI group.

This is an online event - click here to register and get the zoom link. If you have any specific accessibility needs, or any questions, please contact camqueerhistory@gmail.com

Queer necropoeticsFebruary Thursday 17th 2022, 6pm
Lee Colwill (University of Cambridge) and Patricia MacCormack (Anglia Ruskin University)Online
In this panel, two scholars will speak on the subject of varying representations and poetics surrounding queer death

Lee Colwill is a PhD student in the Department of Anglo-Saxon, Norse and Celtic. Their PhD looks at gender systems in medieval Icelandic chivalric poetry, and their research interests include queer literary theory and gender archaeology. In 2021, they published a chapter on queer interpretations of Iron Age burials in Scandinavia, and this is the work this talk will be drawing on.

Patricia MacCormack is Professor of Continental Philosophy at Anglia Ruskin University Cambridge. She has published extensively on philosophy, feminism, queer and monster theory, animal abolitionist activism, ethics, art and horror cinema. She is the author of Cinesexuality (Routledge 2008) and Posthuman Ethics (Routledge 2012) and the editor of The Animal Catalyst (Bloomsbury 2014), Deleuze and the Animal (EUP 2017), Deleuze and the Schizoanalysis of Cinema (Continuum 2008) and Ecosophical Aesthetics (Bloomsbury 2018). Her newest book is The Ahuman Manifesto: Activisms for the End of the Anthropocene (Bloomsbury 2020). She will be speaking on the topic of Queer Death Activism: Vibrant Joy.

This is an online event - click here to register and get the zoom link. If you have any specific accessibility needs, or any questions, please contact camqueerhistory@gmail.com

LQW Presents: LGBTQ+ History Month Poetry TakeOverFebruary Thursday 24th 2022, 730pm
Arts Picturehouse Cambridge Bar
Join us for a friendly evening of poetry and spoken word celebrating queer history, in collaboration with LondonQueerWriters. With featured poets and eight open mic slots, this is an inclusive event offering a safe space to platform and celebrate LGBTQIA+ poets and spoken word artists. Come down for a night of queer community, speak your truth or just to listen and soak up the vibes.

This is a ticketed free event - click here to register.

The venue is hosted in the bar area of the Picturehouse. All areas of the venue are accessible to those with mobility difficulties and a seperate accessible toilet is located on the same floor as the bar. There is no Blue Badge parking however please see the Accessibility page of the website for full details or call the dedicated accessibility hotline on 02072 947908 (Text Relay call 18001 02072 947908).