The annual Hampshire Pride Symposium will this year feature two excellent papers on two quite different parts of LGBT history; Gabby Storey will discuss lesbianism in the nineteenth century, and Karl Alvestad will explore the masculinity and heteronormativity of the Viking Age.
'Female Sexual Inversion: A Form of Moral Insanity?'
In this paper Gabby Storey will discuss how female sexual inversion, later labelled lesbianism, was viewed primarily as a form of moral insanity in Britain between 1830 and 1890. As a reaction to this diagnosis, medical practitioners in psychological, psychiatric and gynaecological fields proposed various methods to 'treat' this condition. The growing professionalization of medicine at this time was also intrinsic to the creation of these fields and how they responded to the categorisation of sexual inverts. She will argue that the effectiveness of the treatments prescribed by medical practitioners were largely ineffective due to the nature of sexual inversion.
‘Raiding and Conquests, masculinity and heteronormativity in our depictions of the Viking age’
In this paper Karl Alvestad explores the relationship between heteronormativity and masculinity in our depiction of the Viking age in modern media and in the contemporary sources. Many of the modern depictions of the Viking age rely on the tropes of a barbarian warrior culture that attached the civilised Anglo-Saxons. However, there are major problems with this image of the barbarian Vikings and the image of the Viking society in general. The paper will explore some of the recent depictions in modern media and contextualise historical evidence of Viking age ideas of masculinity and the realities of a heteronormative society in the Viking age.
The Hampshire Pride LGBT History Symposium is sponsored by the Centre for Gender Studies at the University of Winchester.
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