"Curing Queers" Mental Nurses and their Patients, 1935-1974
|Starts:||15:30 8 Dec 2015|
|Ends:||17:00 8 Dec 2015|
|What is it:||Seminar|
|Organiser:||Faculty of Life Sciences|
|Who is it for:||University staff, Alumni, Current University students|
This seminar is part of the CHSTM Seminars Series Sept-Dec 2015.
CHSTM seminars will be held fortnightly on Tuesdays at 4pm in Room 2.57 Simon Building, Brunswick Street, Manchester, M13 9PL https://goo.gl/maps/RTFk4 with tea and biscuits from 3.30pm. All are welcome and please feel free pass this list on to interested colleagues. Drawing on a rich array of source materials including previously unseen, fascinating (and often quite moving) oral histories, archival and news media sources, this lecture examines the plight of men who were institutionalised in British mental hospitals to receive “treatment” for homosexuality and transvestism, and the perceptions and actions of the men and women who nursed them. It examines why the majority of the nurses followed orders in administering the treatment—in spite of the zero success-rate in “straightening out” queer men—but also why a small number surreptitiously defied their superiors by engaging in fascinating subversive behaviours.
Organisation: University of Manchester
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