Monthly Archives: January 2015

Queer Questions about Jamestown

Richard William Cornish presents a queer (awkward and otherwise) episode among several heroic tales of perseverance, valor, ambition,  and tenacity associated to the Jamestown Colony. Richard William Cornish, master of the ship Ambrose was executed in 1624 for the ‘ crime’ of having abused his position of power to lure William Cowse into bed. It is a bawdy incident […]

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Mobilisation Without Borders: American Influence on the Netherland’s 1977 homodemonstratie

The first large-scale march by gender and sexual minorities in the Netherlands took place in 1977 in response to events that were unfolding in Dade County, Florida. While it was not the first to take place in the Netherlands (in January of 1969,  protests in the Hague sought the repeal of the Dutch ‘Article 248bis’ […]

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On Liberty and Offense: 1970s Radical Homosexual Groups in Spain

Notions of liberty and ‘liberation’ are topical once again in the wake of tragic events in Paris. At the core of the debate is the particular notion of  liberty of expression and the difficulties of defining and protecting ‘liberty’. As in the past, ‘liberation’ is currently being brought into tension with fundamentalist religion. And it is in […]

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#Je Suis Charlie

It is a dark day in France and much of Paris is in a state of high alert. There is a visible military and army presence. More so, circumstances demand reflection on the key issues at stake, among them citizenship, religion, and  the French republican values – liberté, égalité, fraternité. These are values that were spread, and […]

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