Repression and LGBTIQA+ Activism

with an introductory lecture:
Scapegoats and Sodomites. Repression of Sodomy in the Late Mediaeval Low Countries



Auditorium, Minderbroedersberg 4-6

Jonas Roelens, PhD
Teacher of Gender History, Ghent University and Radboud University Nijmegen

Sorab Roustayar
Queer Activist Fite Qlub  (http://fiteqlub.com/sorab-roustayar/

This evening starts with a historical lecture by Jonas Roelens, which will lead to drawing parallels with current lgbtiqa+ activism. After the lecture, we will discuss queer activism today, looking at the battles that have taken place in recent decades. Has activism changed over the years, and if so, how? Is it a never-ending struggle, and which battle still needs to be fought? It is no longer just about homosexuality. Attention to gender issues has grown and the alphabet of LGBT has been extended.

About the lecture

In mediaeval times, sodomy was considered a sin against nature that was punishable by law. In the Southern Netherlands, sodomites were usually burned at the stake, although the persecution of this crime was not a constant priority for the local authorities. In general, sodomy was most strongly persecuted throughout the Southern Netherlands between ca. 1450 and 1525. During the sixteenth century, the number of trials systematically decreased, and from 1600 onwards, sodomy trials became a rarity. How can we explain this evolution? Using sociological and anthropological insights into the ‘scapegoat theory’ might prove useful. In doing so, we could draw interesting parallels with our present society and the current fight for equality and emancipation.




14 March 2023

20:00 - 21:30