Date: Monday 17 December 2012
Time: 6.30 – 8.00pm
Venue: the British Library Conference Centre (www.bl.uk)
The last decade has seen incredible changes in attitudes towards lesbians and gay men and their relationship to home and family. From legislation on adoption, civil partnerships and access to fertility treatments to representations on sitcoms like ‘Modern Family’ and home make-over shows, there has been a marked domestication of queer men and women. If Clause 28 famously saw all this as a pretence, these home lives are now, arguably, being taken seriously. In this panel discussion we ask what precedents there are for apparently unconventional home and family formations; how far recent shifts reflect broader changes in expectations and experiences of home and family; what they might portend in terms of assimilation, radicalism and difference; and why history might matter in all this.
The debate is free and open to all, but booking is essential. To reserve your place please contact Katy Pettit firstname.lastname@example.org