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n 1957, the Report of the Committee on Homosexual Offences and Prostitution chaired by Lord Wolfenden, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Reading, recommended the decriminalization of consensual homosexual behaviour between men over the age of 21. Although the recommendations were not implemented for a further decade, this was a partial but significant step on path towards equal rights and freedom for LGBT+ people.

To mark the Report’s 60th anniversary, academic researchers from the University of Reading and Support U will discuss defining moments in LGBT+ history and its connection with Reading. We welcome the following speakers:

  • Dr Katherine Harloe, Associate Professor in the Department of Classics
  • Lorna McArdle, Co-founder and COO of LGBT Charity, Support U
  • Professor Peter Stoneley, Head of Department for English Literature
  • Chaired by: Dr Rhi Smith, Director for the Heritage and Creativity Institute

As part of the afternoon programme, the seminar will be followed by a wine reception. Spaces are limited for the seminar, and booking is essential. To book a place, please visit the events page or call 0118 378 6718.

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Art, Performance and the Housing Crisis

Professor Jen Harvie (QMUL)

The conditions of the United Kingdom’s housing crisis are becoming painfully familiar. From 1980 until 2000, two million state-owned homes were sold off. Between 1997 and 2010, the number of households in England waiting for social housing rose by 81 per cent. Since 2001, the proportion of housing that is privately rented has skyrocketed by 69 per cent, while over a third of privately rented homes fail to meet the decent homes standard. In 2013/14, more than 81,000 households were homeless. The housing crisis destabilises households, schooling, work, and most dangerously networks of friends, kin and care. The housing crisis is a crisis in democracy because it is both a symptom and a cause of ever-growing social inequality.

In this presentation I examine art and performance that responds to the UK housing crisis. First, I survey a range of city-sited art works that articulate, in particular, housing precarity and the feelings it provokes. I then focus analysis on two performances: GETINTHEBACKOFTHEVAN’S 2013 Number 1, the Plaza; and Sh!t Theatre’s Letters to Windsor House which premiered at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in 2016. Both shows explore the lives of pairs of female flatmates in Generation Rent. Both shows are funny, but also painfully revealing about how the headline-grabbing ‘housing crisis’ manifests in acute, traumatizing, and tragic personal pressures on friendship.


Jen Harvie is Professor of Contemporary Theatre and Performance at Queen Mary University of London. Her research focuses on cultural politics, with emphases on neoliberalism and feminism. Her monographs include Fair Play – Art, Performance and Neoliberalism (2013) and Theatre & the City (2009). She recently co-edited The Only Way Home Is Through the Show: Performance Work of Lois Weaver (2015). She is currently co-editing a special issue of Contemporary Theatre Review on feminism and Palgrave Macmillan’s series Theatre &. In her podcast, Stage Left, she interviews performance makers about their practices and shows.

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CeLM Seminars

Forum – Language teaching and learning

Discussions on issues related to language teaching and learning with the aim to bring together language practitioners at ISLI and CeLM members who do research on language acquisition, identify research agendas from the language teaching and learning perspective, link theory to practice and foster collaboration within CeLM.

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Department of Film, Theatre and Television, University of Reading

The Journeys Across Media (JAM) Postgraduate Conference, run by postgraduate students for postgraduate students, is back for 2017 and will be taking place on Tuesday 11th April in Minghella Studios, Whiteknights Campus.

This year, we have gathered an eclectic collection of papers and practice as research presentations to explore the theme of ‘Worldhood and World-making’ in film, theatre, television, new media and beyond. From the world cinemas of Brazil, Spain and Iran to the world-building of major hit U.S. television series; from the utopias conjured by British and America avant-garde filmmakers to the DIY noise-makers of the unruly Japanese punk scene; and from the suspension of disbelief in fictional podcasts to the suspension of reality in participatory theatre, there’s something for everyone at this year’s JAM conference. (You can see the conference schedule below.)

Our keynote speaker this year is Dr. Daniel Yacavone, Lecturer in Film Studies and Director of the Film Studies Programme at the University of Edinburgh, and author of Film Worlds: A Philosophical Aesthetics of Cinema (Columbia UP: 2015).

Registration to attend is now live at the University of Reading online store: http://store.rdg.ac/JourneyAcrossMediaJAM2017

For more information about the conference, visit the Department of Film, Theatre and Television blog: https://fttreadingnews.wordpress.com/tag/jam-2017

Questions? Please get in touch with us at: JAM@pgr.reading.ac.uk

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Ageing through the Ages: multidisciplinary perspectives

Prof Tess Fitzpatrick (Swansea, Linguistics): Age-related changes in lexical retrieval behaviour: a consequence of cognitive decline or accumulated learning

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Ageing through the Ages: multidisciplinary perspectives

Roger and Annie Panton (Patient/Public representative): Coming to terms with being 70+ and our experiences to date.

Annie Panton

My initial business experience, following a secretarial course at Mrs. Hoster’s in Central London, included working for a variety of businesses – within the property industry, the fashion industry and Human Resources. This gave me a basic grounding in the business world which I have loved working in ever since.


All of these organisations were in Central London – one story – a guy rang me one day at the company I worked for called Garrard Smith and said ‘my name is Michael Caine and I want to view a property that you have’ – well, I could have died but he insisted on collecting me from the office, taking me to the property he wanted to view and was charm personified!

Subsequently, I went on to work seriously in HR and joined a company that was starting up in the UK from the US. I had a great time within this company which was where I met Roger! The company moved out of central London into Berkshire sometime later and it was there that we decided to buy a property in Cookham village. I then worked within the property business in Slough – where my introduction to relocation was made – and at the same time Roger’s company grew in stature in Maidenhead.


Then as part of my connection with property, I came across something I thought was a good idea – moving into Oxfordshire – into a property which I had been asked to sell – so we did and I was pregnant so a. we moved and b. we had our daughter in the Radcliffe Hospital in 1979.


Village life was beautiful but I wanted to get back to where Alex might become friends with her age group more easily and we ended up coming back into Berkshire near Maidenhead where we all settled into our respective careers and bringing up our dear daughter. The friends she made here at that time are still her friends now – 32 years of friendship!


So we’re still here, getting older and having to cope with the ‘getting older’ syndrome particularly when illness creeps into the equation.


Roger Panton MBCS CITP

Joined Esso Petroleum in 1964 as Junior Programmer, became member of the system team responsible for HASP. Joint Leasco Software 1970, worked on assignments in Germany (HOAG) Holland (KLM Tropic reservation system), SEALINK ferries, IOW Ferries, Daily Mirror (Night Payroll/Sporting Life). Joined MCS Maidenhead 1976 Shell (Depot transport), BP (Library Management),1982 Joined Guardata delivering secure networks to Financial Networks and ATM’s.

1993 installed Cellnet’s(O2) first intranet, SSE’s new gas and electric’s management process, Department of the Environment, Archive Management plan, MOD infrastructure relocation, British Gas, customer marketing DB. Joined Activity Forum 2000, RFU website and membership system and clubs system. This package is hosted and maintained by Activity Form and is used by customers in the UK and USA. Since 2008 play a supporting role in Activity Forum, I thought I would have more spare time but I now am Chairman or Older Persons’ Advisory Forum (www.opaf.org.uk), Maidenhead Neighbourhood Plan, Civic Society.

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