The Lives of Older Lesbians
13:00 - 14:00
Dr Jane Traies
Lectures, talks and seminars
Sociology, Department of
Join the Centre for Intimate and Sexual Citizenship and Dr Jane Traies for an insightful open seminar, exploring the lives of older lesbians in the UK.
To commemorate 50 Years of Stonewall the Centre of Intimate and Sexual Citizenship has invited Dr Traies to talk about her work and writing over the last decade, including her research project with nearly four hundred lesbian-identified women between the ages of 60 and 90, which offered new insights into the lives of older lesbians in the UK.
Exploring both the diversity and the distinct collective identity of the older lesbian community, she argues that understanding their past experience is crucial to providing for their needs in the future. Dr Traies will also reflect on the community engagement which is central to her work, and in particular the reception of her recent book of lesbian life stories, Now You See Me.
Jane Traies is a Research Associate in the Centre for Cultural Studies at the University of Sussex. She has been recording the life histories of the oldest generations of lesbians in the UK since 2009.
Some of these stories feature in her books The Lives of Older Lesbians: Sexuality, Identity and the Life Course (Palgrave Macmillan, 2016) and Now You See Me (Tollington Press, 2018). Jane and some of her interviewees have appeared in the short films Now You See Me (Esme Waldron, 2016) and Older Than What? (Steen Starr, 2017).