Closeted/Out within the Quadrangles: a brief history of LGBTQ lifestyle in the University of Chicago

Closeted/Out within the Quadrangles: a brief history of LGBTQ lifestyle in the University of Chicago

In 2011, the guts for the research of Gender and Sexuality launched Closeted/Out in the Quadrangles, a task documenting lesbian, homosexual, bisexual, transgendered, queer and questioning (LGBTQ) life during the University of Chicago through the very very early twentieth century through the current day. In Spring 2015, the task culminated within an event in the Special Collections Research Center at Regenstein Library and a permanent oral history archive that could be accessed by generations to come of scientists and community users.

The project has contributed to building community and expertise around the history of sexuality across disciplines by providing undergraduate and graduate students at the University space for research and intergenerational mentorship in addition to producing new scholarship. Within the last four years, the task has provided a yearly undergraduate course, training pupils within the training of dental history and archival research in sex and sex and exploring LGBTQ history. In Spring 2015, Lauren Stokes, task exhibit and co-coordinator curator taught a program on worldwide sexualities (GNSE 22804) that coincided with the event in Special Collections.

Contexts of Coalition

Project Director: Chase Joynt, Postdoctoral Scholar, Sociology and CSGS

Coalitional politics and methods have actually very long been foundational principles of community-based activist initiatives, and inspired the development of interdisciplinary pedagogies. Continue reading “Closeted/Out within the Quadrangles: a brief history of LGBTQ lifestyle in the University of Chicago”