Dr Mark Walmsley is an independent scholar and a member of the Academic Advisory Panel to Schools OUT UK. He is interested in the process of news construction and its impact on the writing and understanding of history. His PhD focused on its specific influence on the civil rights and homophile movements of the 1960s. Part of this work won the BAAS Ambassador’s Postgraduate Award for 2012 and was published in the Journal of American Studies.

What is, and how to do, LGBT History?

In this post, Dr Mark Walmsley, independent scholar and a member of the Academic Advisory Panel to Schools OUT UK, discusses the shift in attitudes towards engaging with LGBTQ issues within HE at a research, teaching, and ‘impact’ level. Mark argues that “in an age of ‘impact agendas’ and ‘public engagement initiatives’, Universities should not be ignoring a sizeable community that is often crying out for academic support and interest… It is time that LGBT history is not something we contribute to in February, but something that we actively take into account throughout the academic year.” Continue reading

Book Review: Sex Scene – Media and the Sexual Revolution by Eric Schaefer

Citing the work of Alan Petigny, and also that of contemporary sexologists such as Alfred Kinsey, editor Eric Schaefer claims that ‘what constituted the sexual revolution was not only a change in manners and morals; that had already been occurring discretely in minds and bedrooms across the nation. It was the fact that sex was no longer a private matter that took place behind closed doors’. (3) Featuring fifteen chapters by sixteen different authors, Sex Scene seeks to argue that ‘what we have come to understand as the sexual revolution of the late 1960s and early 1970s was actually a media revolution’. Continue reading