Ambition for Ageing Seminar: Listening to older lesbians: what can marginalised voices teach us about ageing?

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This is the third and final seminar in the Autumn/ Winter series of MICRA seminars delivered as part of the Ambition for Ageing programme.

Older lesbians have frequently been described as the most invisible members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community. This has been put down to a combination of society’s attitudes and their own unwillingness to be seen. As a result their voices are not heard as frequently as, for example, those of gay men.

In this seminar, Dr Jane Traies draws on findings from a research project she undertook as part of her PhD studies at the University of Sussex. The project saw her interviewing 400 lesbians aged 60 plus to talk about their lives, experiences and encounters with stigma.

Jane’s presentation will discuss the findings and insights of this project, particularly how ageing intersects with sexuality. As she describes the ways her interviewees’ past experiences has shaped their current lives, she will be drawing conclusions that are not only relevant to the LGBT community, but to the wider provision of services for older people.

After a long career in education, Dr Jane Traies (Research Associate, Sussex Centre for Cultural Studies) returned to full-time study in 2008. She first gained her MPhil at the University of Birmingham in 2009, followed by her PhD at the University Sussex in 2014.  Jane’s published work includes ‘The Lives of Older Lesbians: Sexuality, Identity and the Life Course’ (Palgrave Macmillan, 2016) and several other publications in the field of ageing and sexuality. Jane continues to collect the oral histories of women born before 1950 who identify as lesbian or bisexual. 

Please note the timings below and that the seminar will start promptly at 14:00:

  • 13:30 - 14:00 - Refreshments and networking opportunity
  • 14:00 - 15:30 - Seminar and discussion
  • 15:30 - 16:00 - Further networking opportunity

To book your place at this seminar, please follow this link at the top or bottom of this page. If you have any questions or would like to be booked onto the course, please contact Juliette on or 0161 277 1001.

PLEASE NOTE: As these seminars are public events, we are unable to pay travel expenses. 

13th December, 2017 1:30 PM through  4:00 PM
St Thomas Centre
Ardwick Green North
Manchester, M12 6FZ
Phone: 0161 277 1001

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