First convened in 2015, the OUTing the Past Conference Gathering has maintained a commitment to examining the subjects and methodologies that are part of LGBT+ history. It furthers the goals of the OUTing the Past International Festival of LGBT+ History by providing a forum for productive and sustained engagements among its participants. Understanding that various communities are creating and curating LGBT+ histories now, the conference gathering welcomes scholars from a range of academic disciplines, public scholars, students, librarians, archivists, activists, artists, and heritage professionals.
The theme for the (rescheduled) conference gathering planned for spring 2021 is “Completing the Past: LGBT+ History and Creative Production”, and programming particularly encouraged contributions from artists and activists. Like the scholars and heritage professionals who typically present at our conferences, these are people doing some of the most interesting work in creatively rendering portrayals of the past and pushing the boundaries of LGBT+ historiography. Unlike scholars or other professionals who can turn to institutions for financial support, they are also the people who may find it challenging to cover costs associated with their participation.
Funds available to the OUTing the Past Conference Gathering currently come from registration fees collected and go primarily to covering the expenses associated with delivering the two-day event. We offer discounted registration fees for individuals on limited and low incomes. However, we intend to offer small bursaries to the artists, activists, and students in the UK whose work has been accepted to be part of the programme. To that end, OUTing the Past hopes to raise £1000 to support these bursaries.
Information about the OUTing the Past and upcoming events is available at outingthepast.com