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Sent: 30 October 2012 16:44 I thought list members might be interested in this public debate at the British Library on Dec. 17th With apologies for the cross-posting matt QUEER HOMES, QUEER FAMILIES: a history and policy debate at the British Library Conference Centre With Peter Tatchell; Professor Jeffrey Weeks, OBE; Dr Kath Holden; Professor Sasha Roseneil; Professor Alison Oram; and Dr Matt Cook. Monday 17th December 2012, 6.30 - 8.00pm 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. Please come and join the discussion. The debate is free and open to all, but booking is essential. To reserve your place please contact Katy Pettit firstname.lastname@example.org The event is convened by the Raphael Samuel History Centre, hosted by the British Library and supported by the AHRC. Dr Matt Cook Senior Lecturer in History and Gender Studies Co-director, Raphael Samuel History Centre Birkbeck College, University of London http://www.bbk.ac.uk/hca/staff/mattcook Raphael Samuel History Centre: http://www.raphael-samuel.org.uk/ For details of History Cert. HE and Graduate Certificate see: http://www.bbk.ac.uk/study/ce/history/awards/UEHHISTO.html For details of the Gender Studies masters programmes see: http://www.bbk.ac.uk/ce/gender/