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George J. Severs

George J. Severs

PhD candidate Selwyn College, Cambridge

Holstein Dissertation Fellow 2019-20 University of California, Riverside

Associate Lecturer, Anglia Ruskin University

George Severs is available for consultancy.

The Mond Building, Free School Lane

Cambridge CB2 3RF


I am a PhD student at Selwyn College, Cambridge, where I am researching a history of HIV/AIDS activism in England c. 1982-1997. Before this, I studied for an MPhil in Modern British History at Pembroke College, Cambridge with a thesis exploring the Church of England's responses to the HIV/AIDS epidemic. I also have a First Class (Honours) BA in History from Royal Holloway, University of London. My previous work examined the British National Party (BNP)'s opposition to gay men (c. 1982-1999) by employing a sociological analysis of the party's 'homohysteria' to more accurately identify the party's anti-gay attitudes. 

Research Interests

Post-war British history

Religious history

Queer/LGBTQ history 

Oral History 

Radical history/histories of activism

The history of the emotions

British fascism 


University of Cambridge: Part 1, paper 11; Historical Argument and Practice: gender (and sexuality); memory. 

Anglia Ruskin University: 'Politics and Activism'. 

Other Professional Activities


I am the Secretary of the Oral History Society's LGBTQ Special Interest Group, and a member of the Oral History Society. 

I am a member of the New York - Cambridge Training Collaboration, and the North American Conference on British Studies.

Co-convenor of the Centre for Research in the Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities (CRASSH) Research Network in Health, Medicine and Agency, academic year 2018-2019. 


  • Economic, Social History
  • Modern British History

Key Publications

'Reticence and the queer past', Oral History, Vol. 48, No. 1 (2020), pp. 45-56. 

Editor with Amy Tooth Murphy, Emma Vickers and Christine Wall, Oral History: LGBTQ+ Lives: History, Identity and Belonging, Vol. 48, No. 1 (2020).

'The 'obnoxious mobilised minority': homophobia and homohysteria in the British National Party, c. 1982-1999', Gender and Education, Vol. 29, No. 2 (2017), pp. 165-181, reprinted in in Nigel Copsey and Matt Worley (eds.)  ‘Tomorrow Belongs to Us’: The British Far Right since 1967 (London: Routledge, 2018), and in Cynthia Miller-Idriss and Hilary Pilkington (eds.) Gender and the Radical and Extreme Right (London: Routledge, 2018).


Other Publications

''No promotion of homosexuality': Section 28 and the No Outsiders Protests'History and Policy (April 2019). 

'The place of religion in LGBTQ lives', NOTCHES: (Re)marks on the history of sexuality (October 2017).

'AIDS Activism and the European Union', Historians for History (March 2016).