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New Book for 2012


Following a successful series of seminars funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), Richard Ward (University of Manchester) and I are producing three edited collections based on the papers and presentations given across the two years the seminars ran (2008-2010).

The first book derives from one of four ESRC-funded seminars that took place in Scotland. The seminars represented a synergy of social science, law, media and cultural studies research that aimed to better understand the life-courses of people who have lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) identities or experiences. It is entitled “Out of The Ordinary: Representations of LGBT Lives”and consists of nine chapters (listed below). It reflects a key theme within the seminar series; it brings together the lived experiences of LGBT people and methods of representing those experiences. Drawn from applied social science research, performance narratives, creative writings and art work, the proposed manuscript offers insights into the ways in which LGBT people present themselves and are, in turn, represented not only by LGBT scholars and authors, but also by the communities and cultures within which they live.


Chapter 1: Introduction: Out of the Ordinary (pp.1-11) written by Ian Rivers (Brunel University London) and Richard Ward (University of Manchester).

Chapter 2: The Gospel According to Jesus Queen of Heaven: A Personal History of a Controversial Play (pp. 12-32) written by Jo Clifford (Playwright).

Chapter 3: Where’s Our Public Library Service? LGBT Fact of Fiction? (pp. 33-49) written by Jacq Goldthorp (Moray Community Health and Social Care Partnership).

Chapter 4: “In This Our Lives”: Invisibility and Black British Gay Identity (pp. 50-68) written by Antoine Rogers (London South Bank University).

Chapter 5: To be Judged “Gay” (pp. 69-84). written by Leslie J. Moran (Birkbeck, University of London).

Chapter 6: Dogging Diaries and Cameras in the Cruising Ground (pp. 85-101) written by Chris Ashford (University of Sunderland).

Chapter 7: Cisgenderism in Medical Settings: Challenging Structural Violence through Collaborative Partnerships (pp. 102-122) written by Y. Gavriel Ansara (University of Surrey).

Chapter 8: Queer Collisions of Medical Sex and Contemporary Arts Practice (pp. 123-141) written by Paul Woodland (Swansea Metropolitan University).

Chapter 9: Representing Ourselves to Others (pp. 142-160) written by Richard Ward (University of Manchester) and Ian Rivers (Brunel University London).

The book is published by Cambridge Scholar Publishing with a paper run of 500 followed by an e-book.

2 Comments leave one →
  1. 02/01/2012 5:16 pm

    When will this one be available?

  2. 12/03/2013 11:52 pm

    Ageing is something no one really thinks about enough. I’ve always found myself saying to people who “jokingly” denigrate others because they are older than they that “We all get one day older every day.” Ageing is too close to the issue of ultimately dying for most people, it seems, to deal with. Too many societies across the globe virtually push all people over about 60 out of work at times when many of them are at their peaks of understanding life and have the most to offer. Apartment and condo complexes for “seniors” that feature “memory care” and advertise this, child-like prices for discounted “senior” things, etc., actually caricaturize and cause people as they age to withdraw. People’s ageing is also very, very different. Some people look and act “old” at age 35 and others look and act “young” at 80. The issue has been buried as badly as, or even more so than, the LGBTQ issues you so cogently address.

    Joe John Lang, Ph.D,

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