The George Mosse Fund of the University of Amsterdam aims to promote gay and lesbian studies. Gay and lesbian studies have existed since 1978 at the University of Amsterdam as a specialization within the social sciences.
At his death in 1999, the American historian George Mosse donated a legacy to the university in recognition of the importance of the cultural-historical approach to homosexuality in Amsterdam.
With the aid of the fund, lectures are organized, in collaboration with IHLIA LGBT Heritage, given by people from different backgrounds, but who all have an interface with (homo) sexuality.
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About George Mosse
From the French Revolution to Nazi Germany, the historian George L Mosse conveyed so many insights about racism, nationalism, fascism, sexuality, and stereotypes of respectability it is difficult to select just one central thread from which to fashion a new compelling whole to reassess his legacy.
In a contemporary field preoccupied with the manufacturing of cultural representations, their historical invention, authenticity, and usage, it is easy to forget that perhaps Mosse’s most original contribution was that he paved the way toward an objection to “representation.” He was not trying to democratize or diversify representation. Representation, even in its attractive mass manifestations, was an imposition not empowerment.[/vc_column_text][vc_btn title=”More on George Mosse” link=”url:http%3A%2F%2Fmosse.nl%2Fover-george-mosse%2F||target:%20_blank|”][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/6″][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/6″][/vc_column][vc_column width=”2/3″][lab_heading title_tag=”H4″ title=”Upcoming Mosse Lecture”]18th September 2019 – David Weissman: From Activist Filmmaker to Queer Community ‘Elder’[/lab_heading][vc_column_text]David Weissman is an Emmy Award nominated filmmaker and long-time activist. He is best known as producer of the acclaimed documentaries We Were Here (2011) and The Cockettes (2002). The latter chronicles San Francisco’s legendary theater troupe of hippies and drag queens, 1969-1972. We Were Here revisits San Francisco a decade later, as its flourishing gay community is hit with an unimaginable disaster.
Currently he is working on a project called Conversations with Gay Elders: a series of in-depth interviews and conversational documentaries focused on men whose journeys of sexual self-discovery precede the era of Stonewall and gay liberation. In his talk, David will reflect on what he calls his ‘unexpected journey’ from being an activist filmmaker to a ‘queer community elder’.
After the lecture, we will screen an episode of David’s Conversations with Gay Elders, featuring 77 year-old Kerby Lauderdale of Portland Oregon. Two days before the lecture, on Monday 16 September, the Queer & Migrant Film Festival will screen We Were Here and The Cockettes at the Cinema of the Dam’d in Amsterdam.[/vc_column_text][vc_btn title=”More information” link=”url:https%3A%2F%2Fresearch.ihlia.nl%2F2019%2F08%2F28%2Fdavid-weissman-pronounces-the-mosse-lecture-2019-on-18-september%2F|||”][vc_empty_space][vc_btn title=”Previous lectures” link=”url:https%3A%2F%2Fresearch.ihlia.nl%2Fagenda%2Fmosse-lectures%2Fprevious-mosse-lectures%2F|||”][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/6″][/vc_column][/vc_row]