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George J. Severs

George J. Severs

PhD student

George Severs is available for consultancy.

Selwyn College
Grange Road

Cambridge CB3 9DQ


I am a PhD student at Selwyn College, Cambridge, where I am researching a history of HIV/AIDS activism in the UK 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 historically 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 history

LGBTQ history 

Oral History 

Radical history/histories of activism

The history of the emotions

British fascism 


Part 1, paper 11. 

Historical Argument and Practice: gender (and sexuality); memory. 

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.  

I was the Undergraduate Liaison Officer for the Bedford Centre for the History of Women and Gender for the academic year 2015/16. 


Professional organisation:

Co-convenor of the CRASSH Research Network in Health, Medicine and Agency (academic year 2018-2019). 

Curator of the 'personal testimony and memory' theme of the 2018 AIDS Cultures and Histories Festival, London. 

Co-convenor of 'Cam Queer History' (LGBTQ History Month 2018 and 2019).

Co-convenor of the Faculty of History's Gender and Sexuality Graduate Workshop, University of Cambridge (June 2017-present).

Co-convenor of 'Women Against Rape: a panel discussion to mark 40 years of the group Women Against Rape and 25 years of the Black Women's Rape Action Project', University of Cambridge (February 2017).

Co-convenor of LGBTQ+ History Month seminar series, Pembroke College, Cambridge (February 2017).

Convenor of a consortium to mark the 30th anniversary of the 1984-5 miners' strike, Royal Holloway, University of London (January 2014).


  • Economic, Social History
  • Modern British History

Key Publications

‘The ‘obnoxious mobilised minority’: homophobia and homohysteria in the British National Party, c. 1982-1999’, in Cynthia Miller-Idriss and Hilary Pilkington (eds.) Gender and the Radical and Extreme Right (London: Routledge, 2018).

‘The ‘obnoxious mobilised minority’: homophobia and homohysteria in the British National Party, c. 1982-1999’, in Nigel Copsey and Matt Worley (eds.)  ‘Tomorrow Belongs to Us’: The British Far Right since 1967 (London: Routledge, 2018). 

'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.

Other Publications

'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).

'Interwar Visitors to Royal Holloway', The Bedford Centre Blog for Women's and Gender History (June 2016). 


Conference and seminar papers:

'Exploring emotions within religious histories of HIV/AIDS in England, c. 1982-1997', Centre for History in Public Health Seminar, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, November 2018. 

'The Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence and radial religiosity in the British HIV/AIDS movement', North American Conference on British Studies, Providence, Rhode Island, October 2018. 

‘HIV/AIDS, material religion and activist memorialisation’, Comparative Histories of AIDS in Europe Symposium – AIDS Histories and Cultures Festival, Birkbeck, University of London, July 2018.

‘‘Behold the radical fairies’: queer religiosity in the British HIV/AIDS movement’, Murray Edwards History Society, Murray Edwards College, Cambridge, February 2018. Invited speaker. 

'Towards the AIDS Cultures and Histories Festival 2018: the role of LGBTQ oral history', Talking Back! The Fifteenth Annual LGBTQ+ History and Archives Conference, London Metropolitan Archives, December 2017. 

'Common cup, common fear? Trust, fear and communion in the Church of England during the AIDS epidemic', Modern Religious History Seminar, Institute of Historical Research, October 2017. Invited speaker.  

'AIDS, religion and sexuality: HIV and the Church of England in the 1980s and 1990s', Oral History Society Conference, Leeds Trinity University, July 2017.

'God's Wrath? The impact of HIV/AIDS on the Church of England's homosexuality debate', Bedford Centre for the History of Women and Gender conference: Rethinking Gender, Royal Holloway, University of London, June 2017.  

'The 'obnoxious mobilised minority': homophobia and homohysteria in the British National Party, c. 1982-1999', Pembroke Papers: Pembroke College, Cambridge, February 2017.

‘British Gay Men with AIDS: Memories, Narratives and Politics’, Let’s Talk About Sex: History of Sexuality PGR/ECR Conference, University of Exeter, July 2016.