Wednesday, September 1, 2010
Nagle presents in UK
Chris Nagle recently returned from a long R&R (research & recreation) trip to the UK, during which he presented a paper on “Polyamorousness and the Eighteenth-Century Novel” at the 5th biennial Queer People conference held at Christ’s College, Cambridge (former home to Milton, Darwin, and Borat during their student days). The theme for the conference was “The Uses of the History of Sexuality” and drew participants from nine countries who shared in four days of rich conviviality and stimulating seminar-style panel sessions punctuated by keynote presentations. Highlights of living at college for this brief period included the discovery of Milton’s mulberry tree in the fellows’ gardens (beneath which he reputedly composed some of his early poetry), and regular visits to the well-hidden loo outside Darwin’s old college rooms as well as to a local pub fittingly called The Bath House. Before and after Cambridge, Chris spent time exploring the Lake District and London, respectively, dividing his time between communing with nature, doing research in the British Library, and taking in as much theatre as possible.