On Tuesday, January 28th, the English department, Gender and Women’s Studies and the URI LGBTQ Center kicked off our spring speaking series with a presentation by Dr. Laura Doan. Doan is professor of cultural history and sexuality studies, focusing on modernism World War I and queer historiography at the University of Manchester in England; she is also co-director for the center of sexuality and culture. Her publications include The Lesbian Postmodern, Sexology Uncensored: the Documents of Sexual Science, Sexology and Culture: Labelling Bodies and Desires, Palatable Poison: Critical Perspectives on the Well of Loneliness, Fashioning Sapphism: the Origins of a Modern English Lesbian Culture, Disturbing Practices: History, Sexuality and Women’s Experience of Modern War.
Professor Doan was introduced by University of Rhode Island’s Jean Walton, Professor of English, Women’s Studies, Film Media and Comparative Literature. Doan’s visit was a key event for Professor Walton’s course in Feminism, Gender and the Body. After the talk, Professor Doan visited with the students of ENG 560 to discuss her work and answer questions regarding her most recent book, Disturbing Practices.
Professor Doan began her talk by describing the day on which Turing, British mathematician, logician, cryptanalyst and computer scientist, was found dead in his home on Tuesday, June 8, 1954. Two years previous to his death, Turing was charged with gross indecency under the Labouchere Amendment, in effect since 1885, after confessing to having a homosexual relationship with a local working-class man. Continue reading “Laura Doan on Collective Memory and Alan Turing: “Speaking on the Uses of the Sexual Past: History, Sexuality and Memory””