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The Queerness of Home with Stephen Vider

Wednesday, February 8, 2023 at 4:30pm to 5:30pm

Olin Library, 107
Olin Library, Ithaca, NY 14850, USA

While histories of queer and trans politics often focus on public activism, the struggle in the domestic realm has been equally crucial in postwar LGBTQ+ life according to Stephen Vider, assistant professor of history. In a live, hybrid Chats in the Stacks book talk, Vider will discuss his recently published work The Queerness of Home: Gender, Sexuality, and the Politics of Domesticity after World War II (The University of Chicago Press, 2021), where he explores the complex histories of LGBTQ+ challenges to conventions of marriage, gendered codes of everyday labor, domestic architecture, and racial and class boundaries of kinship, belonging, care, and cultural inclusion. Vider argues that LGBTQ+ people not only realized new forms of community and culture for themselves, but that in so doing they also redefined the possibilities of homelife for everyone. 

This book talk is sponsored by Olin Library. Light refreshments will be served. 

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If you prefer to attend virtually please register through the following link: 

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Event Type

Author Appearance, Special Event, Presentation


Feminist, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Studies, History, American Studies Program, Cornell University Library, Olin Library

University Themes

Diversity, Research


history, CUL, Gender, book talk, olin library, gender studies, lgbtstudiescal, Cornell University Library, fgsscal


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Contact Name

Jenny Leijonhufvud


Stephen Vider

Speaker Affiliation

Professor of History and Director of the Public History Initiative at Cornell University

Speaker Web Site

Dept. Web Site

Registration Status

No registration needed for in-person, but register via the link above to join the webinar.

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Free and open to all.

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