Distinguished Lecturers
Elspeth H. Brown

Elspeth H. Brown

Elspeth H. Brown is Professor of History at the University of Toronto. Her research concerns modern queer and trans history; oral history; queer archives; public history; the history and theory of photography; and the history of US capitalism. Since 2014 she has been Director of the LGBTQ Oral History Digital Collaboratory, a multi-year digital history and oral history public, digital humanities collaboration. Brown is the author of numerous books, articles, and public humanities projects, including “Trans Oral History as Trans Care” (with Myrl Beam, Oral History Review 2022); “Archival Activism, Symbolic Annihilation, and the LGBTQ+ Community Archive” (2020). Book-length studies include Work! A Queer History of Modeling (2019); Feeling Photography, co-edited with Thy Phu (2014; The Corporate Eye: Photography and the Rationalization of American Commercial Culture, 1884-1929 (2005). At the University of Toronto, she is also to Faculty Lead for the Critical Digital Humanities Initiative, a three-year Institutional Strategic Initiative. She is an active volunteer and former President of the Board for The ArQuives: Canada’s LGBTQ2+ Archives, the world’s largest and oldest queer community archive.

OAH Lectures by Elspeth H. Brown

Activist archiving makes queer and trans-positive history possible. This talk provides an overview of the concept with some representative projects.

What's the (his)story with this lucrative commercial industry? It's a queer tale.

What happens when LGBQT2+ history takes the digital turn? A glance at what's possible and what's unfolding.

Oral historians are collaborating with community members in exciting public history projects. This lecture provides an overview.


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