Victoria's presentation will explore Lincolnshire-related sources and references that Reimagining Lincolnshire researchers have discovered about local LGBTQIA+ history.
As a public history project, our main focus is to uncover neglected narratives from the past in order to support a (far) more tolerant future. We realise there is a lot more to do; also that there are well-known challenges regarding research of this nature, such as criminalisation and resulting secrecy. Come along and discuss how despite these obstacles we can proudly put local LGBTQIA+ history front and centre.
Dr Victoria Araj
Lecturer in EDI
Victoria is a lecturer in Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) here at the Eleanor Glanville Institute. She is currently part of a team developing Micro-credentials in EDI at the Institute. Previously, she was a full-time Post-doctoral Researcher with the Reimagining Lincolnshire project at the University of Lincoln, which is led by Professor Heather Hughes. This public history project was initiated at the University in late 2020 and seeks to uncover diverse and marginalised histories from Lincolnshire. Victoria continues to contribute to the Reimagining Lincolnshire project.
Prior to her role at the University of Lincoln, she was a visiting Marie Curie Fellow in Sustainable Peacebuilding at Sabanci University in Istanbul and with the European Commission. She also spent time as a career mentor with the Women in International Affairs Network. Outside academia Victoria has consulted for Carnegie Middle East Center, Cambridge Centre for Palestine Studies, Lincolnshire County Council’s Working Group in Anti-Racist Practice and also with a number of UK and Turkey-based refugee and peace-education charities.
Victoria holds a PhD in Peace Studies from the University of Bradford and a Masters and BA in Economics and International Development with a specialism in Poverty, Conflict, and Reconstruction from the University of Manchester.View Victoria's Profile