Tuesday I went to a lecture on the history of sexuality headed by well-known sociologist of sexuality Jeffrey Weeks and LSE Professor Claire Hemmings. As I am a student in queer history at the moment, there was not a whole lot of new information, but it is nonetheless always interesting to think about. Jeffrey Weeks outlined the development of the study of the history of sexuality, pointed out a few themes and issues, and discussed the mainstreaming and globalization of sexual history. Early LGB history was focused on identity, then queer theory came up around the 90s and critiqued identity. It’s interesting to me then that identity politics was so central to 90s and 00s feminism.
Thursday I met up with a lovely woman, Jean, my Dad connected me with. She lived on the east coast in the States through her Masters, then moved to London to do her PhD and has lived in England since (since the late 1960s). Jean has lived and is living a very full life so she has a lot of fascinating stories, some of which I got to enjoy listening to over tea. She used to volunteer at the Women’s Library that was recently moved to LSE. I’m going to look into working there. Libraries + Gender Studies…Yeah that job was made for me.
Friday I took a daytrip to Oxford with Irina, Maria, Kaci, and a Birkbeck Alum, Alf. And I met up with my friend Max from Dickinson! It was coldd and windy outside of the city…but that didn’t damper the great day! It was nice to get out into a town with a different pace and more meadow, though I have reaffirmed that I am very glad to be living in London.