Ghost Empire: British Colonial Laws and LGBTQ+ Rights

Activity: Talk or presentation for an academic audienceInvited talk for an academic audience


lm screening and panel discussion with the director, Susan Thomson, for LGBTQ+ History Month.
Filmmaker Susan Thomson has evoked, in her Ghost Empire series, the idea of a ghost empire which continues to rule, for some citizens, all across the world. Her films, funded by the Arts Council of Ireland, follow constitutional challenges to these laws happening in three different places, Northern Cyprus, Singapore and Belize, spanning three continents.

This event brings together artists, activists and scholars from different disciplines to reflect on the long-term legacies of British colonial laws regarding LGBTQ+ rights. Currently around half of the countries (34 out of 70 countries) which criminalise LGBTQ+ people use British colonial laws from the 19th and early 20th century.

The event, chaired by Martina Salvante, will include:

a screening of Ghost Empire § Cyprus (2014, 35 minutes) with Susan Thomson;
a round-table discussion with scholars and activists responding to the film and its content;
a Q&A session with the filmmaker, panellists, and the wider audience.
The panellists will be:

Ibtisam Ahmed, Head of Policy and Research, LGBT Foundation
Augustine Arimoro, Lecturer, Faculty of Business and Law, University of Roehampton, London
Isobel Elstob, Assistant Professor, UoN Department of Cultural, Media and Visual Studies
Onni Gust, Associate Professor, UoN Department of History
This event is free entry and open to the public, but booking is essential. Please note we will be operating a safe space policy for discussion. Any comments deemed offensive, derogatory or rooted in microaggressions will not be tolerated and we reserve judgement to exclude perpetrators from the discussions.
Period11 Jun 2022
Held atUniversity of Nottingham, United Kingdom