LGBTQ Studies at Westminster

lgbtq-handbooks-picThis semester sees the launch of the Sociology-led Westminster elective module in LGBTQ Studies. The module is one of a range of interdisciplinary option modules that students from any course or faculty can choose in their second year of study (this year there are students doing everything from biomedical sciences to illustration taking the module). Module leader Francis Ray White said ‘lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer studies is inherently interdisciplinary, so the module works really well in this format. We’ve got lecturers and researchers from all sorts of academic backgrounds giving lectures in their specialist fields over the course of the semester’.

As well as lectures the module is hosting a range of field trips, film screenings and workshops as part of the overall programme. ‘Being in London really makes this aspect of the module both possible and exciting,’ said Francis. ‘I know I’m really looking forward to going to things like the Museum of Transology and the Tate’s Queer Art exhibition with the students.’


Francis Ray White

The module aims to introduce a range of debates around contemporary LGBTQ lives and politics. It asks questions about shifting identities, about representations and about equality and justice, both in the UK and internationally. ‘I want this module to make students think critically about LGBTQ issues and about which kinds of LGBTQ lives have, and have not, become more liveable in the post-same-sex marriage era,’ said Francis. ‘I want to be able to celebrate the rich diversity of LGBTQ life and culture at the same time as recognizing how dominant definitions of gender and sexuality can be limiting, culturally specific and at times exclusionary’.


From the second week of the semester lectures on the LGBTQ Studies module are open to all students and staff at the University of Westminster. Lectures are at 5pm on Wednesdays (except 8th Feb) in Regent St UG04. The programme is as follows:

1st Feb – LGBTQ Movements for Social and Political Change
(Hilde Stephansen, Sociology)

8th Feb (4pm) – What’s the T? Thinking Transgender
(Francis Ray White, Sociology)

 15th Feb – Queer as Folk: Telling LGBTQ Stories
(Matthew Linfoot, Media Studies)

22nd Feb – Queer Literature
(Simon Avery & Kate Graham, English Literature)

1st March – LGBTQ in Education
(Naomi Rudoe, Sociology)

8th March – The Business of Sexuality
(Olimpia Burchiellaro, Westminster Business School)

15th March – LGBTQ Space
(Adam Eldridge, Sociology)

22nd March – Travelling Sexualities: International LGBTQ Rights
(Oliver Phillips, School of Law)

29th March – LGBTQ Asylum Seekers
(Lea Sitkin, Criminology)

 5th April – Sexuality and Religion
(Shamila Ahmed, Criminology)


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