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Identity, gender & the trans* community

Post-show discussion: Friday 4th November
FREE

Join Emma Vickers, Senior History Lecturer at Liverpool John Moores University alongside special guest Abi Austen, Britain’s first transgender Army Officer and Heather Panter, Policing Studies Lecturer at Liverpool John Moores University, as they explore themes from The Radicalisation of Bradley Manning and discuss identity, gender and the experience of the  trans* community in the UK and in the UK and US armed forces.

Emma Vickers
Emma Vickers

The key speaker for this event will be Emma Vickers, Senior History Lecturer at Liverpool John Moores University and special guests. Prior to this, she was a senior teaching fellow at Lancaster University and a lecturer in History at the University of Reading. Her first monograph, Queen and Country: Same Sex Desire in the British Armed Forces, 1939-1945 (MUP 2013) explores the complex intersection between same-sex desire and service in the British Armed Forces during the Second World War. Emma has published articles in the Lesbian Studies Journal (2009) and Feminist Review (2010) and is currently working, with Corinna Peniston-Bird, on the edited collection Lessons of War (Palgrave, 2016) which takes up the invitation offered by the 70th anniversary of the end of the war to evaluate how gender history contributes, nuances and challenges existing understandings of the Second World War. She is also working on Dry Your Eyes Princess, a project which uses oral testimony to uncover the experiences of Trans* personnel in the British Armed Forces before 2000. Following an award from the Arts Council, Emma worked with the photographer Stephen King on a series of photographs of her interviewees which were exhibited as part of Homotopia in Liverpool and Outburst in Belfast. She is also part of the AHRC network, Passions of War, and is a researcher on the European Union funded project Gender citizenship and sexual rights in Europe.

The Radicalisation of Bradley Manning is at the Playhouse Studio, Wednesday 2 November to Saturday 5 November.