Department of History

Ghost Empire: British Colonial Laws and LGBTQ+ Rights

A30 Arts Lecture Theatre
Friday 11th February 2022 (18:00-21:00)


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Still from the film featuring LGBTQ+ protesters holding rainbow flags marching in Cyprus.

Still from the film Ghost Empire § Cyprus © Susan Thompson

Film screening and panel discussion with the director, Susan Thomson, for LGBTQ+ History Month. 

Filmmaker Susan Thomson has evoked, in her Ghost Empire series, the idea of a ghost empire which continues to rule, for some citizens, all across the world. Her films, funded by the Arts Council of Ireland, follow constitutional challenges to these laws happening in three different places, Northern Cyprus, Singapore and Belize, spanning three continents.

This event brings together artists, activists and scholars from different disciplines to reflect on the long-term legacies of British colonial laws regarding LGBTQ+ rights. Currently around half of the countries (34 out of 70 countries) which criminalise LGBTQ+ people use British colonial laws from the 19th and early 20th century. 

The event, chaired by Martina Salvante, will include:

  • a screening of Ghost Empire § Cyprus (2014, 35 minutes) with Susan Thomson;
  • a round-table discussion with scholars and activists responding to the film and its content;
  • a Q&A session with the filmmaker, panellists, and the wider audience.

The panellists will be:

  • Ibtisam Ahmed, Head of Policy and Research, LGBT Foundation
  • Augustine Arimoro, Lecturer, Faculty of Business and Law, University of Roehampton, London
  • Isobel Elstob, Assistant Professor, UoN Department of Cultural, Media and Visual Studies
  • Onni Gust, Associate Professor, UoN Department of History

This event is free entry and open to the public, but booking is essential. Please note we will be operating a safe space policy for discussion. Any comments deemed offensive, derogatory or rooted in microaggressions will not be tolerated and we reserve judgement to exclude perpetrators from the discussions. 

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Please use the South Entrance to University Park Campus where Lakeside Arts Centre is located. There is a tram stop just outside the gates - this is the most conveniant method of transport as parking is limited. 

SAT NAV: The postcode will only take you to University Park Campus so it is best to enter "East Drive, Nottingham". 

On entering University Park you’ll see the Djanogly Art Gallery immediately on your right, and then the DH Lawrence Pavilion (large white building with green roof) which houses the Djanogly Theatre next to the lake on your left. Take the second left turn into the free public car park. If it's full please turn right instead into Science Road where there is further parking (only available to the public in the evening).     

The event will take place in A30 Lecture Theatre in the Arts Centre Music Department (building 33 on the map). View the PDF map of University Park Campus here

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Department of History

University of Nottingham
University Park
Nottingham, NG7 2RD

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