Dear Margaret: The interconnected lives and work of queer women in in Century British social science (360G-Wellcome-212711_Z_18_Z)
Due to traditional histories about eminent psychologists few details remain about the unconventional and possibly queer women working in British psy-disciplines in the mid-20th Century. Yet, the Wellcome Library has an impressive collection of materials relating to precisely this area. This project will consider the queer lives of some women who were working in disciplinary fields which pathologised ‘sexual deviancy’. Similar work has been conducted about the US, but has yet to be expanded to Britain. In excavating these networks via the Wellcome archive, I will delve into the academic and personal lives of Margaret Lowenfeld, Magdalen Vernon, Margaret Mead, and Charlotte Wolff. This will correspond to the collections of Magnus Hirschfeld and David King, Donald Winnicott, Joan Fitzherbert, and draw extensively on those of Ismond Rosen, who wrote extensively on the ‘deviancy’ of ‘homosexuals’. In contrasting the lives and work of the networks of queer women against the disciplinary norms and attitudes I will analyse the juxtaposition of these queer women within the contexts of their own working environment. In doing so I will achieve intersectional feminist queer knowledge about these people as well as develop an inclusive history which uncovers the hidden queer stories residing in our archives.
£6,591 17 May 2018