Oxford

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.

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We ate lunch at the Turf Tavern. Twas yum.

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Apparently, Bill Clinton did *not* inhale at the Turf Tavern during his time at Oxford.

Christ Church college.

Christ Church college.

Great Hall of Christchurch College used in the first Harry Potter film! After the first one they built the tables out of stone, basing them off this.

Great Hall of Christchurch College used in the first Harry Potter film! After the first one they built the tables out of stone, basing them off this.

On our way to the Sorting Ceremony!  You might recognise this staircase from the first Harry Potter film :)

On our way to the Sorting Ceremony! You might recognise this staircase from the first Harry Potter film 🙂

Leftie college, flying the pride flag.

Leftie college, flying the pride flag.

The Natural History Museum

The Natural History Museum

Who’s got little arms? T-Rex got little arms.

http://dailypicksandflicks.com/2013/02/21/daily-picdump-733/when-youre-upset-just-imagine-a-t-rex-making-a-bed/

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The sky celebrating LGBTQ History Month over the meadows outside ChristChurch College. A beautiful scene to end the trip.

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