The invention of Heterosexual Culture

Vrijdag 15 november organiseert het Amsterdam Research Center for Gender and Sexuality (ARC-GS) van de Universiteit van Amsterdam (UvA) de lezing ‘The Invention of Heterosexual Culture‘ door Prof. dr. Louis-Georges Tin (professor aan de Université d’Orléans en oprichter van de International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia), van 15.30 tot 17.00 uur in de Oudemanhuispoort (OMHP) F2.01C in Amsterdam. De lezing is vrij toegankelijk; vooraanmelding is niet noodzakelijk. De voertaal ins Engels.

 Abstract: Heterosexuality is celebrated -in film and television, in pop songs and opera, in literature and in the ads- and at the same time taken for granted. It is the cultural and sexual norm by default. And yet, as Louis-Georges Tin shows, in premodern Europe, heterosexuality was perceived as an alternative culture. The practice of heterosexuality may have been standard, but the symbolic primacy of the heterosexual couple was not. Tin maps the emergence of heterosexual culture in Western Europe and the significant resistance to it from feudal lords, church fathers and the medical profession. Tin requires from us nothing less than an epistemological revolution, which means taking heterosexuality out of the “order of nature” and putting it within the “order of time” -that is, history.

Born in Martinique and now living in Paris, Louis-Georges Tin is a French intellectual who lectures in the arts at the University of Orleans. In 2005, he founded the IDAHO (International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia), now celebrated in more than 110 countries (May 17). In 2006, he launched a campaign “for a universal decriminalisation of homosexuality” that led to the first ever declaration in the General Assembly in the UN on LGBT issues (December 2008). He is also the president of the CRAN, the French black coalition fighting against racism and colonialism. He has launched an international campaign for slavery reparation. His books, like The Dictionary of Homophobia and The Invention of Heterosexual Culture , have been translated in several languages and he has received several awards for his fight for human rights (Berlin, Stockholm, Paris, Minsk).


Date : Friday, November 15

Time : 15:30-17:00

Location : Oudemanhuispoort (OMHP) F2.01C


The lecture is free and open to the public. Registration is not required.
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