Brian Lewis (McGill University): “Decidedly Queer: A Brief History of Gay Marriage and Brexit in the Disunited Kingdom” (Homecoming Lecture; RSVP)


Leacock Building 2nd Floor 232, 855 rue Sherbrooke Ouest, Montreal, QC H3A 2T7 Canada, 855 rue Sherbrooke Ouest, Montreal, QC, H3A 2T7, CA

Department of History and Classical Studies

3rd Annual Homecoming Lecture and Reception


Decidedly Queer:

A Brief History of Gay Marriage and Brexit in the Disunited Kingdom


Professor Brian Lewis*

Department of History & Classical Studies, McGill University


Saturday October 14, 2017

4:00 – 6:00 PM

Leacock Building, Room 232

855 Sherbrooke St. West


RSVP here


For more information:

lorenz.luthi [at] ()

Professor Lorenz Lüthi at 514-398-4400 x. 094519


David Cameron’s government will be remembered above all for three things: introducing gay marriage, winning a referendum on keeping Scotland in the United Kingdom, and losing a referendum on keeping Britain in the European Union. What connects these events? How have national and social questions intertwined? How did the Conservative Party become such a curious mixture of reaction and revolution? This talk explores the historical background to Britain’s current existential crisis.


*Brian Lewis is Professor of Modern British History, specializing in the history of the middle classes, urban history and queer/LGBT history.  He is a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society and a winner of the H. Noel Fieldhouse Award for Distinguished Teaching in the Faculty of Arts and of the Principal’s Prize for Excellence in Teaching.