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Welcome to the homepage of the Committee on Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender History, an affiliated society of the American Historical Association. The Committee on Lesbian and Gay History was founded in 1979 to promote the study of homosexuality in the past and present by facilitating communication among scholars in a variety of disciplines working on a variety of cultures. The name of the committee was changed to Committee on Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender History in January 2009. Since 1982, the Committee has been officially recognized as an affiliate of the American Historical Association and meets annually in conjunction with the AHA conference, where we sponsor sessions on lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer history. One need not be a member of the AHA to join the Committee.

Membership:

Join the CLGBTH! If you are a scholar of LGBT/queer history, we need your support. Become part of our community and join our collective endeavor to enrich the historical profession with LGBT perspectives, voices and histories. Together we can ensure that LGBT and queer histories remain powerfully and visibly present in our field, in our educational institutions, and in our society at large.

Membership is available on an annual or lifetime basis.  Members receive our twice-yearly newsletters, which include book reviews, conference updates, a co-chairs’ column, and other information about the vibrant field of LGBT history. Membership also grants access to our email list-serv. Membership dues support our status as an affiliate organization of the American Historical Association, whose annual meetings host our own slate of over a dozen queer-themed sessions. Your support also enables us to offer cash prizes for outstanding books and articles in the field. Finally, if you are committed to our mission, and want to get involved as a member of our governing board, we would love to hear from you. And if you are a former member whose membership has lapsed, we invite you to update now.

Your membership ensures that queer history remains a vibrant part of the broader historical community. Join the CLGBTH NOW!

AHA Convention 2018: CLGBTH Programing

THURSDAY, JANUARY 4

1:30 PM-3:00 PM: Outing the Early American Past: Case Studies from Academic and Public History
Washington Room 2 (Marriott Wardman Park, Exhibition Level)

Chair: Richard Godbeer, Virginia Commonwealth University

Papers:

Siamese Twins: The Intimate World of James Buchanan and William Rufus King
Thomas J. Balcerski, Eastern Connecticut State University

“Something Came into Our Love”: Harriet Hosmer, Ellen Tucker Emerson, and Female Subjects’ Sexuality in Their Own Words
Kate Culkin, Bronx Community College, City University of New York

Doing It in Public: Presenting Historical Sources on LGBT History in a Public Exhibition
Cornelia King, Library Company of Philadelphia

Comment: James T. Downs, Connecticut College

3:30-5:00 PM: Teaching Queer Themes and Experiences in World History
Washington Room 2 (Marriott Wardman Park, Exhibition Level)

Chair: Averill E. Earls, Mercyhurst University

Papers:

Juggling Breadth and Depth: Teaching Queer History in World History Surveys
Averill E. Earls, Mercyhurst University

Gender and Sexuality in Our Understanding of the Holocaust
W. Jake Newsome, United States Holocaust Memorial Museum

Minding the Standard: Global Studies, Queer History, and the New York State Regents Exams
Rachel Eshenour, West Seneca West Senior High School

Teaching Global Intimacies
Howard Chiang, University of California, Davis

Comment:  The Audience

FRIDAY, JANUARY 5

8:30-10:00 AM: Queer Contortions: New Directions in the History of Race, Sexuality, and the Body
Washington Room 2 (Marriott Wardman Park, Exhibition Level)

Chair: Nicholas L. Syrett, University of Kansas

Papers:

Discriminating Sex: White Leisure and the Making of the American “Oriental”
Amy H. Sueyoshi, San Francisco State University

“A Shiftless, Undesirable Class”: The Sexual Policing of Miami’s Bahamian Migrant Communities in the Early 20th Century
Julio Capó Jr., University of Massachusetts Amherst

“I Just Had a Fight with My Girlfriend”: Silent-Era Screen Star Ramón Novarro’s Performance of the Closet
Ernesto Chávez, University of Texas at El Paso

10:30 AM – 12:00 PM: The National Park Service’s LGBTQ America Theme Study: A Roundtable
Washington Room 2 (Marriott Wardman Park, Exhibition Level)

Co-sponsored by the National Council on Public History

Chair: Nicholas L. Syrett, University of Kansas

Panel:

John Jeffery Auer, Nevada LGBT Archives
Katie Batza, University of Kansas
Susan Ferentinos, public history consultant
Jeffrey A. “Free” Harris, Historic Preservation Consultant

12:30-1:30 PM: CLGBTH Members’ Meeting
Harding Room (Marriott Wardman Park, Mezzanine Level)

All welcome!!

1:30-3:00 PM: Words That Shape the World: Historians, Teachers, and Partnerships for LGBT History
Washington Room 2 (Marriott Wardman Park, Exhibition Level)

Chair: Don Romesburg, Sonoma State University

Panel:

Stacie Brensilver Berman, New York University
David Duffield, University of Colorado Denver
Daniel Hurewitz, Hunter College, City University of New York
Rachel Reinhard, University of California, Berkeley
Wendy Rouse, San José State University

1:30-3:00 PM: Surveillance, Identity, and Homosexualities in the 20th-Century United States
Thurgood Marshall East (Marriott Wardman Park, Mezzanine Level East)

Chair: Emily K. Hobson, University of Nevada at Reno

Papers:

The Thin Red Line between Privacy and Secrecy: Criminal Sodomy, Homosexuality, and the Cold War in El Paso, Texas
Jecoa Ross, University of Texas at El Paso

From the Kinsey Scale to Homosexualities: Studies of Same Sex Desiring Persons at the Institute for Sex Research, 1955–81
Hallimeda E. Allinson, Indiana University

Sexual Health Surveillance: Homosexuality Investigations and HIV/AIDS in the US Military, 1981-93
Natalie Shibley, University of Pennsylvania

Comment: Emily K. Hobson, University of Nevada at Reno

3:30-5:00 PM: Queer in Public: Urban Space and Same-Sex Cultures in Europe, 1850-1930
Washington Room 2 (Marriott Wardman Park, Exhibition Level)

Chair: Andrew Israel Ross, University of Southern Mississippi

Papers:

A City of “Familiar Strangers”: Spaces of Legibility, Surveillance, and Queer Pleasure in Late Imperial St. Petersburg
Olga Petri, University of Cambridge

Embodying Indecency: Policing Acts and Identities in 19th-Century Paris
Andrew Israel Ross, University of Southern Mississippi

Knabenliebe: Youth Protection and the Decriminalization of Male Homosexuality in Weimar Germany
Javier Samper Vendrell, Grinnell College

Comment: Charles J. Upchurch, Florida State University

3:30-5:00 pm: Committee on LGBTQ Status in the Profession Open Forum
Delaware Suite B (Marriott Wardman Park, Lobby Level)

Members of the committee will lead a conversation about professional challenges facing LGBTQ historians. Conversation will focus on priorities for the committee, which is charged with addressing fair treatment and nondiscrimination. We will also have a broader discussion on the role we, as historians, can play in broad public conversations about LGBTQ rights and history.

7:30-8:30: LGBTQ Historians Reception
Delaware Suite A (Marriott Wardman Park, Lobby Level)

Sponsored by Gale

SATURDAY, JANUARY 6

8:30-10:00 AM: Queering the Museum: New Directions in Curating LGBTQ History and Art Exhibitions
Thurgood Marshall West (Marriott Wardman Park, Mezzanine Level)

Chair: Tara Burk, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey

Panel:

Gonzalo Casals, Leslie-Lohman Museum for Gay and Lesbian Art
Don Romesburg, Sonoma State University
Jeanne Vaccaro, University of California, Davis
Stephen Vider, Bryn Mawr College

Comment: Tara Burk, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey

10:00 AM – 12:00 PM: Film Screening: Brother Outsider: The Life of Bayard Rustin
Congressional Room A (Omni Shoreham, West Lobby)

Filmmaker Bennett Singer and Kevin Mumford, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, will introduce the film and lead a discussion afterward.

10:30 AM-12:30 PM: Historicizing the Queerly Feminine in Canadian and US LGBTQ Communities
Thurgood Marshall West (Marriott Wardman Park, Mezzanine Level)

Chair: Amanda H. Littauer, Northern Illinois University

Papers:

Forgotten Histories: Recuperating Queer Femme Identities through Life Writing
Laura Brightwell, York University

Have an Erotic Day: Producing Sex-Positive Feminism at the Lusty Lady Theater
Jayne Swift, University of Minnesota

Transnational Effeminacies: Femmephobia, Gay Effeminacies, and the Biopolitics of Gay Imperialism
Adam Davies, University of Toronto

Feminine Aesthetics and Identities in Women’s Neo-Pagan Spiritual Communities on the American West Coast
Jenna Danchuk, York University

Comment: The Audience

10:30 AM-12:30 PM: Visibility and Viability: Queer Communities of Color in 20th-Century American History
Thurgood Marshall East (Marriott Wardman Park, Mezzanine Level East)

Chair: Kevin J. Mumford, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Papers:

Legacy and Legitimacy: Race, Sexuality, and the Cowboy in 20th-Century American History
Rebecca Scofield, University of Idaho

“Don’t Look at Me!” Reframing the Lens of Black Queer Life and Sociality
Terrance Wooten, Washington University in St. Louis

We’ve Had Anuff: Black Gay and Lesbian Antipoverty Activism during the HIV/AIDS Crisis in Atlanta, 1985–96
Andrew Pope, Harvard University

Comment: Kevin J. Mumford, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

1:30-3:00 PM – New Directions in Trans History: A Roundtable
Thurgood Marshall West (Marriott Wardman Park, Mezzanine Level)

Chair: Howard Chiang, University of California, Davis

Panel:

Jesse Bayker, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey
Emily E. Skidmore, Texas Tech University
C. Riley Snorton, Cornell University
Elias Vitulli, Mount Holyoke College

1:30-3:00 PM:  From Hidden History to Public History: Challenges in Representing Same-Sex Desire in Film, Theater, and Literature
Thurgood Marshall East (Marriott Wardman Park, Mezzanine Level East)

Chair: Catherine Clinton, University of Texas at San Antonio

Panel:

Gary Ferguson, University of Virginia
Leigh Fondakowski, Naropa University, New Orleans Center for Creative Arts, and Tectonic Theater Project
Gilles Herrada, independent scholar
Bennett Singer, Question Why Films

Comment: The Audience

3:30-5:00 PM: Teaching LGBT History with Digital Humanities
Thurgood Marshall East (Marriott Wardman Park, Mezzanine Level East)

Chair: Stephen Vider, Bryn Mawr College

Panel:

Monica Mercado, Colgate University
Lauren Gutterman, University of Texas at Austin
Amanda H. Littauer, Northern Illinois University
Elizabeth Reis, Macaulay Honors College, City University of New York

SUNDAY, JANUARY 7

9:00-10:30 AM: Teaching and Archiving Lesbian Histories and Subjects
Washington Room 2 (Marriott Wardman Park, Exhibition Level)

Chair: Leisa D. Meyer, College of William and Mary

Papers:

Oral History and Lesbian Subjects
Kelly Anderson, Smith College

What’s Her/Story? History and Living Herstory
Amy Washburn, Kingsborough Community College, City University of New York

Teaching and Archiving Lesbian Histories and Subjects
Bonnie Morris, University of California, Berkeley

Comment: The Audience

11:00 AM-12:30 PM: Incorporating Queer History into African History Survey Courses: A Roundtable
Thurgood Marshall West (Marriott Wardman Park, Mezzanine Level)

Chair: Sarah E. Watkins, Ohio State University

Panel:

Elliot James, University of Minnesota, Morris
Stephan F. Miescher, University of California, Santa Barbara
Sarah E. Watkins, Ohio State University