Queer leadership from the ancient world to todayPresented by Dr Matthew Laing
Dr Matthew Laing shares the secret stories, depraved dalliances and heroic histories of queer monarchs and politicians through the ages. From Alexander the Great's conquest of the known world to Barbara Jordan's trailblazing career in American politics, from Frederick the Great's fascination with masculinity and his invincible soldiers to Pope Julius' scandalous obsession with his adopted nephew, we'll explore how queer identity has empowered and disempowered political careers throughout history, with a healthy dose of sex scandals and moral panics along the way.
After a coffee and tea break, we'll then look at contemporary queer leadership, examining why LGBTI politicians are succeeding more than ever in modern politics, and ask some of the big questions about how modern queer leaders can succeed in the delicate balancing acts between sexuality, gender, empowerment and representation in an era of resurgent populism and conservative politics.
Dr Matthew Laing is a lecturer and research fellow in political leadership and policy at the Monash University.
Image: David Beck, Alexander Giannios, Anton Graff, George Peter Alexander Healy, Scipione Pulzone and the United States Postal Service.