Professor Spurlin is going to be discussing The Pink Triangle: LGBT Rights from the Holocaust to the Modern Day
William Spurlin is a recognised international expert in LGBT culture and literature, including the treatment of gays and lesbians during the Holocaust.
He is Professor of English and Vice Dean/Education (College of Business, Arts & Social Sciences) at Brunel University, London.
Before Brunel University, Professor Spurlin was Professor of English at the University of Sussex, where he was Director for five years of The Centre for the Study of Sexual Dissidence and Cultural Change. Prior to Sussex University, he taught at Cardiff University, Columbia University and Illinois State University.
William Spurlin’s research and teaching incorporates LGBT studies, comparative literature, post-colonial studies and critical/cultural theory. His interdisciplinary research encompasses the analysis of a broad range of literary, cultural and critical texts spanning the 19th , 20th and 21st centuries.
Professor Spurlin’s work traverses national, geographic and linguistic boundaries - including British and American texts – as well as those within francophone and Germanic cultures, southern Africa, and the wider African diaspora.
His major publications include: “Lost Intimacies: Rethinking Homosexuality Under National Socialism” and “Comparatively Queer: Interrogating Identities Across Time and Cultures”.
“Lost Intimacies represents a significant addition to Holocaust studies in its reexamination of gender and sexuality in Nazi ideology and policies and the persecution of gays and lesbians…His research shows us that these issues are key to understanding the relationship between the Third Reich’s antisemitism, racial politics and nationalism”.