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Edinburgh call for papers: “50 Years After Stonewall”

International Conference, 12 – 13 September 2019

University of Edinburgh and Staff Pride Network at the University of Edinburgh

Call for Abstracts

Abstracts are invited for a conference: ’50 Years After Stonewall.’

2019 marks the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots – one of the turning points in LGBT+ history and a milestone in the development of LGBT+ rights. The raid on the Stonewall Inn in New York City on 28 June 1969 and the reactions it received sparked a new feeling of cohesion within the LGBT+ community, a confidence which manifested itself in various forms – in the publication of several gay newspapers, the formation of the Gay Activists Alliance and the first Gay Pride marches. It is today considered one of the turning points in LGBT+ history and one of the milestones in the development of LGBT+ rights.

To mark the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall riots, an International Conference will be held at the University of Edinburgh in September 2019 (with a keynote lecture and a reception at the Scottish Parliament on 10 September 2019 and two full conference days on 12 and 13 September 2019).

This event aims to bring together scholars from various disciplines, politicians and members of non-governmental organisations to discuss developments in the LGBT+ community in the last 50 years. It also offers an opportunity to engage in critical analysis of the prevailing narrative and to debate the ongoing challenges that the LGBT+ community still faces outside the Western hemisphere.

Within the fields of religion, theology and divinity, abstracts are invited from any area which shows a connection between these fields and the LGBT+ community. It is expected that the following topics will be particularly interesting for discussion during the two conference days:

  • The understanding of LGBT+ matters in religious texts and religious culture
  • Blessing ceremonies for same-sex couples and same-sex weddings in Judaism and Christianity • Islamic perceptions of the LGBT+ community
  • The consecration of LGBT+ clergy

But the range of subjects is kept deliberately wide, and abstracts dealing with other matters in the fields of religion, theology and divinity in connection with LGBT+ issues are welcome.

How to submit your paper

Abstracts should be submitted by e-mail to no later than 7 June 2019.

They should be no longer than 1 A4 page.

The style of the abstracts and papers / presentations should be accessible and easy to follow for an audience whose members are not necessarily experts in the speaker’s field.


  • Closing date for abstracts: Friday, 7 June 2019
  • Notification: by Friday, 14 June 2019
  • Submission of papers (first draft): Wednesday, 4 September 2019
  • Keynote lecture at the Scottish Parliament: 10 September 2019
  • Conference: 12 – 13 September 2019


The organisers intend to publish all conference papers as a book on LGBT+ matters 50 years after Stonewall, and to build on the conference to establish a network of academics with an interest in this subject area.





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